For 52 years, AGAPE has cared for tens of thousands of children, families and individuals through foster care, adoption, maternity care and counseling. Now, AGAPE has the opportunity to reach even more people at risk and in need of God’s unconditional love. We are excited to announce that on July 1, AGAPE officially adopted the Morning Star Sanctuary Domestic Violence Shelter and Court Advocacy Program.
Morning Star Sanctuary is one of only two emergency domestic violence shelters in Davidson County. Last year, it provided shelter to 195 victims, but the need continues to grow. The Metro Nashville Police Department received a staggering 26,641 domestic violence reports in 2017 alone, and more than 700 victims were turned away due to lack of shelter space in Davidson County.
Morning Star Sanctuary (MSS) and AGAPE will now operate as one non-profit serving Middle Tennessee. For more than a year, the Board of Directors for both organizations completed a process of diligence to make this decision with the community’s best interest in mind. As part of the adoption, AGAPE is proud to add three MSS board members to our governing board, in addition to doubling the shelter capacity from 16 beds to 32.
We believe there is great purpose and joy ahead for the children, families and individuals we serve through the joining of two agencies rich with history, experience and legacies of serving for more than 80 years combined. We encourage you to visit and donate to the MSS website and Facebook page, and we ask you to pray that God will use AGAPE and Morning Star Sanctuary to bless even more people in need with the healing love of Christ.
If you’d like to know about ways you can support Morning Star Sanctuary and AGAPE, please contact Chandler Means at 615-781-3000.