Agape House offers hope and healing to abused or distressed girls ages 12 through 28 through four ministry programs including Christian counseling services, mentoring relationships, educational programming and cultural arts experiences, and a safe home. Our Agape Angels are nurtured and guided to overcome the effects of abuse and past hurts through the gentle leadership and grace-filled support of staff and volunteers who are committed to healing broken lives.
The Agape ministry offers a supportive home for girls in distress to heal and grow. Up to 16 girls are able to live in a warm home setting, complete with loving house parents and engaged resident assistants. Through encouragement, discipline, and affirmation, the house staff and on-site resident assistants make each girl feel welcome and loved.
Agape House is not a permanent home, as the goal of the ministry is to place girls back with their own family or into a safe environment that best approximates a family scenario. The average stay for our girls is between ten months to two years, although some girls have chosen to stay longer.
Agape School provides Christian-based, individualized education for girls in grades 7 – 12, and accommodates all ability and academic levels. A supportive atmosphere with trained, professional staff meets behavioral, emotional, and spiritual needs as well.
Agape School is located in Walworth, Wisconsin. The small community is centrally situated between Milwaukee on the northeast, Madison on the west and Chicago on the southeast. Closeness to these large cities allows for Agape School recreational outings to learning environments such as the Wisconsin state capitol, museums, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and more.
Used effectively for 35 years throughout the U.S. and internationally with outstanding results, Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.) is offered as the core curriculum for the school. Girls who come to Agape School are placed at the educational level where they will be most successful, and not where the calendar dictates they should be. Agape School offers a variety of electives including cultural arts, music, physical education, computers, health, and life skills. Agape School has seen a 98 percent graduation rate for our students who complete our program.
Many families are only able to pay a fraction of the cost of the services provided to them and their daughters; therefore, Agape House provides financial support to help with tuition costs. A sliding scale fee, based on family income, is used as the basis for tuition to our program. Tuition costs for the full program which includes the home, school, counseling, and mentoring are significantly lower than state-run school programs. All of this is made possible in large part through the generous private donations and grants from Alliant Energy Foundation, Community Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers Foundation, MDRT Foundation, Pentair and United Way Walworth County.
- 2014 Agape House Student
The Agape Counseling Centers in Walworth and Mukwonago, Wisconsin, are branches of Agape House ministry which is enhanced with current biblical practices, contemporary teachings, and personal insights. The Walworth location provides parenting classes and support groups to encourage parents and guardians in the development of a loving home. The Mukwonago location was added to offer counseling and prayer to individuals, couples, youth, and families in surrounding communities, including Walworth, Waukesha, and Milwaukee Counties. For services at this location, contact First Congregational Church in Mukwonago at (262) 894-7397.
Counseling services are also extended in the form of mentoring programs. Christian women volunteer their time and gifts to mentor teen girls and young adult women who need someone to guide and encourage them. A parent support group is offered for the parents of teen girls and young adult women in the Agape House programs to encourage and educate them on parenting techniques that will strengthen them and promote healing for themselves, their families, and the girls involved in our program.
To ensure much needed counseling resources are affordable and available to those who
seek them, Agape Counseling Centers provide professional services at nominal fees that
are significantly less than private, for-profit counseling.
Our counseling services include but are not limited to the following:
- Grief / Loss
- Anxiety / Panic Disorder
- Self Injury
- Eating Disorder
- Marital Counseling
- Divorce Recovery
- Parenting Skills and Training
- Adolescent Behavior Disorders
- Family Counseling
- Sexual Abuse Counseling
- Women’s Issues
- Physical Abuse / Violence
Mentoring, Bible Study and Tutoring
Girls enrolled in the Agape School study God’s word using biblical teachings and current Christian authors. The foundation for their study is the highly regarded and internationally recognized program, Grace Walk. All girls follow this curriculum, which is enhanced with current biblical practices, contemporary teachings, and personal insights.
Biblically-based, individualized counseling is provided for each girl and her family by a trained life coach. Each week, each girl is thoughtfully scheduled to allow time to meet with her assigned counselor who creates and facilitates individualized plans to meet each girl’s needs and life situations.
A trained mentor is provided for every girl and a team of dedicated volunteers provides assistance and encouragement to the mentors and to the girls. Mentors form close bonds with their assigned girls, and offer their time and attention to help the girls strengthen their educational, emotional, spiritual, and psychological lives.
Transitional Living Home (TLH)
The TLH offers housing, counseling, mentoring, and staff guidance to help young women who transition from Agape House programs, the foster care system, or the surrounding community, to successfully transition to an independent, productive, healthy life. Assistance is provided in areas that include searching for employment, achieving a high school diploma, obtaining insurance coverage, receiving a driver’s license, and much more. The TLH provides this vital assistance to young adult women at a low monthly fee.
Interested in learning more about our Walworth facility? Contact us at office@AgapeHouseHeals.org or call us at 262.275.6466. Please also feel free to consult the link below for a copy of our application.
Agape House Resident Handbook – Download Here
TLH Application – Download Here