As a member of the Longmont body of Christ, as an expression of our faith, Agape Longmont serves our neighbors with shelter, food, jobs, and encouragement in the name of Jesus.
In 2007 the Longmont faith community stepped up to begin providing weather-dependent emergency homeless sheltering. With the Boulder Shelter consistently full, the HOPE street outreach had no where to take the homeless. Agape used a rented house and church fellowship halls for overnight shelter sites. In 2016 HOPE stepped up to take over the "emergency warming center" shelter operations so Agape could start a "2nd tier" shelter service called Safe Haven. The Safe Haven program is a sober shelter for qualified applicants that are highly motivated or physically or emotionally vulnerable. What began as an emergency winter shelter then transitioned to a year-round shelter for our guests where we rotated between six(6) different church sites every evening. It is now a year-round program in our rented home that is open to 6 men that can show a willingness to work, desire to remain sober, and looking for an opportunity to give back to their community. Safe Haven is not a part of a single church, but as a faith-based organization is a service supported by many Christian churches in Longmont as well as other government agencies, businesses, and individuals. The Safe Haven sheltering model does not include religious practices; it simply serves our poorest neighbors with compassion as an expression of our Christian faith. In addition to guaranteed shelter Safe Haven also rents a small home in Longmont to operate as our Day Shelter. This allows any homeless individual the opportunity to shower, launder their clothing, eat a hot meal, use our computer for job searches, and fellowship with each other and our volunteers and staff.
From a guest of the 2016-17 winter shelter season:
"Safe Haven is where friends become family, a new and bright beginning, where homelessness ends and a future begins, where the homeless can find hope".
From a board member: "Agape started 11 years ago, I have worked with them every year since, because I could see a need. Lives are precious and we had people freezing in the winter months. My husband and I felt we could help them physically and hopefully spiritually."
From a guest of the 2018/2019 winter shelter season: "I can't believe I was given an opportunity to lay my head in God's house every night. Doing that restored my soul!"
From a guest in 2020: "I now have a place to call home and I finally feel safe."
From a former guest: "Agape kept me away from meth, drugs, off the streets, and parks that I have no business being at. I now have a year clean from drugs and alcohol. Safe Haven has given me a routine that I needed."