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Powerlines Community Network

Why the need for Powerlines?

Powerlines Community Network was launched in 2009 as a response to the great lack of resources and services in many Memphis communities. Powerlines programs help create a more nurturing environment for children and families living in Memphis communities by connecting them with valuable resources and services which they may not otherwise have access to.

Homeless Services

Learn about our Families in Transition (FIT) and Access for All (A4A) Rapid Rehousing programs that serve our city’s homeless by providing transitional housing and support on the path to self sufficiency.

There are 10,000 homeless people in Shelby County and 1/3 of those are women and children.

Programs & Services

Agape is able to connect with communities served through Powerlines programs by providing residents with supporting referrals and services. Our hope is that through preserving and enhancing these relationships, Powerlines can be a springboard for Christ-centered services, education, and advocacy in the communities we love and serve.

Community Cafes

Agape holds Community Cafes at Powerlines locations, in an effort to determine what services the community members need.  Agape’s PCN staff meet with residents and conduct a survey of the resources and services residents need.  From there, PCN staff implement a program of services for the community, which provides residents with resources, programs and referrals needed to support and help provide strong, nurturing environments for children and families in the community. Powerlines provides community members countless services including:

  • After-school programs
  • Life-skills classes
  • Community events
  • GED practice
  • Job-readiness
  • Nutrition classes
  • Resume and Job Search classes

School-based Initiatives

Agape’s school-based initiative (Stars) is a partnership with Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District (ASD) with private donor support and funding. The overreaching goal of Agape’s school-based ministry is to identify and eliminate barriers to attendance and academic success, both in and out of the classroom, so children are in class and ready to learn and remove barriers to attendance and academic success.

Through the partnership, children and families are supported and connected to wrap-around services available through Agape and the community. Agape staff, called connectors, provide support services and work with school staff while developing relationships with the children and families at the schools. Educational support and needs are recognized and addressed to help provide the best and most supportive learning environment.

The goal of this partnerships is to identify and eliminate barriers to educational success, both in and out of the classroom, so that children are in class and ready to learn.

Powerlines Communities

PCN was launched in the neighborhood of Whitehaven, located near Memphis International Airport.  Services were focused in a pocket of PCN communities with identified increased levels of poverty and homelessness. In 2015, 1,321 Whitehaven children and families were served through PCN.

Site Coordinator:
Michael Arnold

Agape began serving in the Hickory Hill community in January 2011, at the Autumn Ridge Apartments. In 2012, Agape’s Powerlines Community Network expanded to two additional apartment communities which gave Agape the ability to reach a broader population of under-served, families in the Powerlines communities. Hickory Hill has experienced massive demographic and economic change within the last decade, with increased levels of crime and poverty. In this community, last year 2,235 children and families were served through PCN.

Site Coordinator:
Twana Whitlock
Office: (901) 323-3600
Fax:    (901) 323-3640

Agape began serving this high-need, under-resourced community in November of 2011.  Services were focused in the under-served Raleigh community. Just 7 months later Agape further broadened and replicated their successful, site-based model to the Frayser community.  In 2015, more than 1,009 youth and families were served in Raleigh and Frayser through PCN.

The Raleigh/Frayser Powerlines communities are some of the most socially, educationally, and economically challenged neighborhoods in the city. At present the community experiences a high rate of crime, poverty, and teen pregnancy. A top priority of Tennessee’s Governor is attacking low education performance. According to Achievement School District, as a state, Tennessee ranks 46th in educational performance.

Site Coordinator:
Jim Harbin
(901) 626-3606

Powerlines Partners

The valuable community services we provide and the work we do through Powerlines would not be possible to do on our own.  We are very thankful for and blessed by the generous support of funding Powerlines partners.

Ashley Furniture
Baptist Memorial Health Care
Barnes and Noble
Best Buy
Consilience Group
Copeland Security
First Tennessee Women’s Initiative
Frayser Exchange Club
Frayser Family Counseling
Greystone Servicing Corporation
Hickory Ridge Mall
Hilton Worldwide
International Paper
Junior League of Memphis
Labor Ready
Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis University School
Payless Shoes
ResCare Workforce Services

St. Mary’s School
Strategic Funding Group

The Orpheum

Achievement School District
Argosy University
Austin Peay State University
Bethel University
Brescia University
Capella University
City of Memphis
Concorde Career College
District Attorney General
Eastern University
Freed Hardeman University
Grand Canyon University
LeTourneau University
Liberty University
Lipscomb University
Memphis Area Legal Services
Memphis Police Department
Operation Safe Communities
Raleigh Community Council
Rhodes University
Shelby County Government
Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth
Shelby County Domestic & Sexual Violence Council
Shelby County Schools
Shelby County Sheriff’s Department
Simmons College
Southwest TN Community College
TN Department of Human Services
TN Office of Criminal Justice Programs
Union University
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi
U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
UT College of Dentistry
William R. Moore College of Technology
Workforce Investment Network (WIN)

A New Day
Assisi Foundation
Be The One Ministries
Bellevue Baptist Dental Bus
Children’s Foundation
Christ Community Health Services
Church Health
Commission on Missing and Exploited Children
Community Alliance for the Homeless
Community Development Corporations
Dress for Success
Early Success Coalition
Economic Opportunities (of Memphis Leadership Foundation)
Exchange Club Family Center
Families Matter
Family Safety Center
Frayser Community Association
Grizzlies Foundation
Healthy Memphis Common Table
Hickory Hill CRC
Hope Christian Community Foundation
JustCare Family Network/Tennessee Voices
Leadership Memphis (Talent Dividend)
Le Bonheur Center for Children and Parents
Lifeline to Success
Literacy Mid-South
March of Dimes
Memphis & Shelby County Homeless Consortium (20+)
Memphis Athletic Ministries – MAM
Memphis Food Bank
Memphis Public Library
Metropolitan Inter-Faith Agency (MIFA)
One by One Ministries
Power Center CDC
Salvation Army
Seeding Success
Sending Out Urban Leaders
Shepherding the Next Generation
Southeast Memphis CDC
United Way of the Mid-South
Urban Childhood Institute

Urban Youth Initiative
UT Extension
Victims to Victory
Young Life
Youth Villages

Anointed Temple of Praise
Bellevue Baptist
Bellevue Church of Christ
Boulevard Church of Christ
Brown Baptist Church
Brunswick Baptist
Christ is Our Salvation collaborative (10+ Churches)
Cordova Community Church
Faith Leaders Educational & Empowerment Team (FLEET)
Fellowship Memphis
For The Kingdom
Grace Crossing
Highland Church of Christ
Holmes Road Church of Christ
Hope Baptist Church/Hope Center
Hope Fellowship Church
Impact Church
Journey Memphis Church
Life Church
Memphis Urban Ministry (MUM)
Mid-South Baptist Association (25+ churches)
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
New Direction Christian Church
Park Avenue Church
Pursuit of God Church
Raleigh Community Church
Ross Road Church of Christ
Second Presbyterian
Shalom Project
Soul Winners
South Germantown Church of Christ
Sycamore View Church of Christ
Union Grove Baptist Church
United Against Violence (10+ churches)
White Station Church of Christ
World Overcomers Church

Homeless Services

Agape offers two programs to serve our city’s homeless:

  • Families in Transition (FIT) is a transitional housing program dedicated to providing transitional housing and support to homeless families and their children fleeing domestic violence. Our FIT families receive counseling, housing, life skills, parenting skills, job readiness training, budgeting guidance and more. An Agape social worker helps each participant develop a personal case plan. These plans are designed to help identify strengths and achieve success. FIT provides support and networks with other agencies to provide services to participants which will help lead them toward self-sufficient living.
  • Access for All (A4A) Rapid Rehousing helps eligible homeless individual/families ages 18-24 quickly obtain permanent stable housing. This program assists tenants in acquiring the skills needed to maintain permanent housing when they exit the program.

FIT is the only program of its kind in Shelby County serving homeless families and their children in transitional housing for up to two years. FIT also provides the following services at no cost to the families served:

  • Duplex or apartment to live in with their children for up to two years (called transitional housing)
  • Life Skills classes and training to equip the women to live successfully on their own (in areas such as parenting, financial matters, employment/career, etc.)

  • Counseling to address relational and personal issues

  • Mentors to assist them in their journey

  • Opportunity to come to know Jesus

  • Case management services

  • Chaplain Services

Criteria for FIT:

  • Age: 18 years of age or older

  • Marital Status: Single

  • Parental Status: Pregnant or parenting with up to three other children

  • Housing Status: Homeless

  • Residency: Resident of Shelby County

  • Criminal Record: Criminal record clear of felonies.

  • Medical Records: Provide copy of current medical record.

  • School/Employment Status: Participants must, on a full-time basis, pursue education, employment or be employed.


To apply for FIT or A4A Rapid Rehousing, contact MIFA at (901) 529-4545 or report in person to MIFA at 910 Vance Avenue between 8:00 am – 10:00 am to be screened. Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact our partner in service, the Family Safety Center, at 901.222.4400.

Criteria for A4A Rapid Rehousing:

  • Residency: Applicants must be Shelby County individuals and/or families with minor children who meet HUD’s definition of literal homelessness and have no other resources to prevent homelessness.
  • Age: This program is targeted to serve youth households ages 18-24 with or without children.
  • Duration: Households can be served up to 12 months with housing stabilization, case management, and financial assistance.
  • Privacy: We collect information about who accesses our services. When we meet, we will ask you for information about you and your family and enter it into a computer program called the Memphis/Shelby County Continuum of Care Management Information System (MSCCOC_MIS). Although MSCCOC_MIS helps us to keep track of your information, individually identifiable information about you is considered “Protected Information”. We are required to protect the privacy of your identifying information and to give you notice about how, when, and why we may use or disclose any information you may give us. We are also required to follow the privacy practices described in this notice, although we reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time. You may request a copy of the new notice from any MSCCOC_MIS Agency. We use and disclose collective information for a variety of reports. We have a limited right to include some of your information for reports on homelessness and services needed by those who are homeless. Information that could be used to tell who you are will never be used for these reports. We will not turn your information over to a national database. For uses beyond reports, we must have your written consent unless the law permits or requires us to make the use or disclosure without your consent. Please review the Client Informed Consent/Release of Information Authorization for details. You must sign this form before we can use your information, but you do not have to sign the form in order to receive services.

Rose’s Story

FIT’s transition model includes (but is not limited to):

  • Life Skills Classes

  • Personal and Career Development

  • Case Management

  • Mentoring

  • Health, Nutrition & Hygiene

  • Prenatal & Postnatal Services

  • Counseling

  • Parenting Classes

  • Housekeeping

  • Kids In Transition Support Group

  • Substance Abuse Services

  • Spiritual Support

  • Financial Management

Bringing a child into the world is an amazing gift from God.  However for some, it is a frightening and overwhelming experience. Most of the women in the FIT program come to us with little or nothing to provide for themselves and their children.

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