At the September 20 meeting of the Agape House of Vandalia board, members were informed of the recent receipt of a Cardinals’ (St. Louis baseball) Care Grant. It will be used for the purchase of fuel cards for families with children that visit loved ones in the correctional centers of Vandalia and Bowling Green.
In other business, members approved a bill for the repair of the exit steps at the rear of the building. Shrubs at the front entrance have been trimmed and plans were made to serve lunch to the offenders and officers of WERDCC that will perform annual cleaning of the house in October.
Board members Edith Westmoreland and Carlene Galloway represented Agape House at the annual United Way Kick-off event in September in Mexico.
Forty-eight persons, including 12 children, stayed at the house in August.
Attending the meeting were C. Galloway, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Floy Oliver, Kay Robnett, Veanna Snodgrass, and E. Westmoreland.
Monetary gifts received in August include the following: Offenders Offering Alternatives (Northeast Correction Center) and Edgewood Baptist Church, of Bowling Green; Ramsey Creek Baptist Church, of Clarksville; Bethlehem Baptist Church, of Centralia; Curryville Baptist Church and Elm Grove Baptist Church, of Curryville; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams, of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Fred Neubert, of Ridgefarm, Ill.; Lockewood Park Baptist Church, Littleby Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, all of Mexico; Les Tierney, of Omaha, Neb.; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia; and Hopewell Baptist Church, of Wellsville. A gift was given in memory of former board member Harlie Spratt, by Kenneth and Georganne Robinson
Non-monetary gifts included printer cartridges for recycling by Jane Heim of Middletown.