Agape program graduates sixth class

The fall Getting Ahead program graduating class included Ron Cordell (from left), budget class facilitator; Glenn Rebman, co-facilitator; Bo Norfleet, Kristi Krueger, Karen Selden, Joann Castro, Sheryl Delp, Grace Overstreet, Chasiti Bradbury, Joey Brewer, Jan Hogle, co-facilitator; and Doris Overstreet (not pictured).

The Agape Center recently completed its sixth Getting Ahead program and finished work on a much needed paving project.

Nine clients from the Agape Center graduated from the Getting Ahead program Dec. 9. The 17-session class, taught by Jan Hogle and Glenn Rebman, provided education on budgeting and nutrition.

At the graduation ceremony, each of the graduates shared what impacted them the most during the classes.

“Most people think of poverty in terms of money, but I’ve learned that there is more to poverty than finances,” Joey Brewer said. “There is spiritual poverty, relationship poverty, and these are far more significant to be able to solve.”

Many of the graduates said they learned the most important resource to have and continue to build is their relationship with God. For others it was the friendships they made during the class.

“This program is so worth the effort,” Chasiti Bradbury said. “We have made very close, deep friendships, and that means a lot for us.”

The Agape Center also recently celebrated the completion of a new, expanded parking lot for volunteers and visitors.

Through a donation from the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, the Agape Center recently paved the lot and included painted lines to mark spaces. The loading dock was also upgraded, allowing for easier access for the deliveries.

“With the continued growth at Agape, we needed to have a more controlled parking situation for a better flow, avoiding random parking and using every foot of the parking lot,” said Jack Lipscomb, Agape volunteer who oversaw the project.

“Each time Agape is open, there are over 100 individuals, including clients and volunteers, utilizing the parking lot. We are grateful for the support of the community, and in particular the investment in Apape for this capital improvement by the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust.”