“It’s kind of hard to get people to see what’s right in front of them sometimes. People choose to ignore the problem and to be narrowly focused on their own world. Their own circumstances. You don’t want somebody to go through hard times so you can say “You see”. You just hope that people can recognize the bigger picture around them. Everybody needs a helping hand from time to time.”
“I was 40 years old and I fell from 65 feet and I broke every bone in my body. I had to relearn how to read, how to write and how to speak. Like a child. All my bones were broken. While I was in the hospital, I was pronounced dead twice. It took about 5 years before I could function on my own. I became an alcoholic and tried to kill myself. I was lucky and I survived. I never drank again.
This place is, for me… it’s very important.”
“What the Agapè does for the community I think is a good thing. It’s not much between surviving and being on the street. It’s not that big a step. So, every way you can get help is good. You never know, for some people the one meal we get here could be the only meal we get all day. So you don’t take anything for granted.”
“I could only get part-time work and didn’t have any benefits. So when I got sick and couldn’t work, there was no money coming in. Add the medication that’s not covered on top of that…it get’s really expensive really quick. Then I became depressed because I had to chose between trying to get healthy or feed my family.”
“The winter was so long and cold. The heating bills were so high, we’re still paying on last years bills. Who wants to make those kinds of choices? Do I feed my family or keep them warm? The Agapè is such a big help. It’s not easy, but I’m so glad they were there to help.”
“I’m a single mom and I work. But my pay just couldn’t cut it. After you take away the cost of living and daycare and there’s nothing left, what do you do? I’m alone with my kids. It hurts when you start paying for the things you need and then you don’t have enough to feed your children. It’s not easy. But what can I do?”