In the May 17 meeting, board members of Agape House of Vandalia made a decision to rebuild the rear exit steps.
The steps are to be constructed of treated lumber while rails and other structures would be made of vinyl, insuring durability.
Contractor Paul Fennewald will begin work soon. Memorial gifts for former board member, Harlie Spratt, of Ewing, will be applied toward this project.
In other business, board members learned 38 guests, including four children, had stayed at the house in April.
It is anticipated that children may visit parents and grandparents in increasing numbers this spring and summer.
Veanna Snodgrass presented a preliminary fire evacuation schematic to be placed in each guest room as well as other significant parts of the building.
Fire extinguishers will be purchased and placed throughout the building.
Kay Robnett will investigate Cardinals’ Care grant that has been previously given to Agape House for the benefit of children.
Members in attendance were Alberta Cropp, Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Sterling Holbrook, Elwood LaRue, Robnett, Snodgrass, and Edith Westmoreland.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 21, at the facility.
Monetary gifts received in April include the following: United Way, of Audrain County; 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; Steffanie Meadows, of DeSoto; Farber Baptist Church and Gladys Williams, of Farber; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, of Fulton; Nancy White, of Roeland Park, Kansas; Laddonia Christian Church; St. Peter’s Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, of LaGrange; Lockewood Park Baptist Church and Friendship Baptist Church, of Mexico; Heather Fay of St. Charles; Mary Scheffler, of Leander, Texas; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost, of Thompson; Spencer Creek Baptist Church, Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Christian Church, all of Vandalia. Gifts were given in memory of Harlie Spratt by Nancy Barry and George and Lou Jean Calvert, of Canton; Mark and Linda Lueckenhoff and Charliyn Stalder, of Ewing; Michael and Sheila Stout, of Greenwood; Thomas and Shirley McPhillips, of Mt. Morris, Illinois; Billie McLaughlin, of Naperville, Ill.; Heidi Ludwig, Christina Simmons, Mark Bell, Rita Niemann, and Carol Allison, of Quincy, Ill.; Jerry and Janelle Frankel, of Ursa, Ill.; Anthony and Sharon Cain, of LaBelle; Frances and Lester Jennings, and the Wolfmeyer family, of LaGrange; Jon Simmons, Bill and Okle Hinkle, and Richard and Karen Porter, of Lewistown; Wilfred and Debra O’Brien, of Maywood; Dennis and Lois McCutchen, of Monticello; and Scott and Lois Merle.
Non-monetary gifts included toiletries by the Canton United Methodist Women; printer cartridges for recycling by Bob Schlemmer, of Laddonia; and children’s books by Mary Foster, of Montgomery City.