Karen Craig Agape

House Manager Karen Craig. Courtesy photo

VANDALIA – Board members of Agape House of Vandalia met Tuesday, July 16. The Agape House hosts visitors to the prisons in Bowling Green and Vandalia.

Board members made initial plans to host a team of offenders from WERDCC in September; the team will perform annual cleaning of the house.

 House Manager Karen Craig was present to meet board members. She reported that 45 guests, including 11 children, stayed at the house in June. Air conditioning and hot water circulation problems have been resolved.

Rich Duffner reported information about the guest house is being distributed across the state by a member of the state probation and parole office.

Before the meeting, board members inspected the house. It was found to be in excellent condition except for minor cracks in two walls.

The next meeting will be held Aug. 20 at the house.

Board members in attendance were R. Duffner, Janet Heim, Floy Oliver, Phil Pennington and Kay Robnett.

Monetary gifts received in June include the following: Edgewood Baptist Church and Mount Zion Baptist Church of Bowling Green; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church of Clarksville; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia; Curryville Baptist Church; Farber Baptist Church; Laddonia Presbyterian Church; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, all of Mexico; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost of Thompson; and Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia.

Non-monetary gifts included bottled water, coffee and snacks by Middletown Christian Church and used printer cartridges by First Presbyterian Church and fruit snacks and cereal bars by St. John Lutheran Church Women’s Guild of Vandalia.

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