Agape House resumes meetings

For the first time in four months, Agape House of Vandalia board members met on Oct. 20 at the guesthouse. Visitors were again allowed at NECC in Bowling Green and the house had reopened for guests Oct. 8. The guesthouse provides affordable overnight accommodations for visitors to the state correctional centers in Bowling Green and Vandalia.

On Oct. 23, visiting was again prohibited and the guesthouse closed.

Rich Duffner, board president conducted the meeting. He reported that Eddie Hull has done yard work, even after lawn mowing operations had ceased. Three overgrown shrubs in the front yard will be removed. Changes were made in the phone system connected to the house alarm system. A phone line with cell tower coverage will be used to improve operation of the alarm system. Duffner also reported he had participated in a phone interview with United Way of Audrain County officials.

Treasurer Kay Robnett reported the house had received funds from the Cares Act covering costs of supplies for proper sanitation as well as utilities. She will be completing an application from Cardinals Care (St. Louis Cardinals) for gas cards to be given to families traveling to Vandalia with children.
The house manager reported a total of 250 guests during the 16th year of service. This number is well under half of guest numbers in previous years. The low number is due, of course, to the pandemic.

Provided that the guesthouse is open, a meat and cheese tray will be for guests traveling on Thanksgiving.

Board members in attendance were: Jane Duffner, R. Duffner, Carlene Galloway, Janet Heim, Karen Holbrook, Sterling Holbrook, Eldora Lowry, Phil Pennington, K. Robnett, and Mary Thomas.

The next meeting will be held Dec.1 when the house will be decorated for Christmas.

Monetary gifts received in recent months include the following: United Way of Audrain County; Edgewood Baptist Church of Bowling Green; Bethlehem Baptist Church of Centralia; Ramsey Creek Baptist of Clarksville; Trinity Presbyterian Church of Columbia; Curryville Baptist Church; Farber Baptist Church; KC Columbian Charities of Kirksville; Laddonia Christian Church; Lutheran Ladies’ Aid of LaGrange; Grand Crossings Baptist Association, Lockewood Park Baptist Church, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Friendship Baptist Church, all of Mexico; Middletown Christian Church; Craig and Joan Collins of St. Louis; Hopewell Baptist Church and John Yost of Thompson; Southside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Spencer Creek Baptist Church, First Christian Church, all of Vandalia; and Trinity Lutheran Ladies’ Aid and United Methodist-Presbyterian Women of Wellsville.
Non-monetary gifts received were yarn dolls by Margaret Talbert of Bowling Green; toiletries, breakfast items and household products by Holy Family Catholic Church of Hannibal; child-size blankets by Santa Fe Christian Church of Paris; postage stamps by John Yost of Thompson and packaged sugar and creamer by St. John Lutheran Ladies’ Guild of Vandalia.

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