Success as a Community

Since 1970, Agape Child & Family Services has focused on being a channel of service for the Mid-South. That focus continues today as we partner with local congregations, non-profits, corporations, and other resources to offer an authentic model of sharing with children and families in need. We share love, life, homes, family, and community. The biblical model of sharing implies a back-and-forth process, not a one-way gift or relationship. Therefore, we attempt to put flesh on this model by serving the homeless, the fatherless, and underserved neighborhoods in a godly manner.

In 2016, Agape surveyed nearly 430 residents (youth and adults) to assess their feedback on a high need for employment-related support in their communities. The following is a breakdown of the employment statuses from the survey:
  • 48% employed
  • 44% unemployed
  • 2% disabled
  • 4% retired
  • 2% unknown

Memphis’ unemployment rate is now at 8%
– almost double the national rate.

Through Teamworks, Agape works collaboratively with strategic community partners to meet the ever-increasing demands for a work-ready labor force. In order to meet this need, Agape and key stakeholders such as the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) work collaboratively on innovative workforce development strategies to meet the needs of residents and stakeholders living in communities served by the Powerlines Community Network.

Teamworks Focus Areas:

  • employment

  • job advancement

  • education attainment

Programs & Services

Agape offers Teamworks services on a fee-for-service basis to provide supervisors and employees with skills and tools to enhance motivation, productivity, and morale. Services are available off-site and in-house.

Teamworks Services

  • Consultation to managers and administrators regarding crisis intervention, conflict negotiation, multicultural concerns, maintaining a drug-free workplace, dealing with sexual harassment, dealing with problem employees, etc.

  • Counseling for employees struggling with relationship conflicts or other life problems negatively affecting their job conduct or performance.

  • Education in the form of prevention and intervention workshops, seminars, or classes on topics such as dealing with difficult people, managing conflict, recognizing and responding to sexual harassment, maintaining appropriate boundaries, dealing with addictions, etc.

  • Training for managers and supervisors on group leadership skills, team-building, staff development, recognizing at-risk employees, and cultural adjustment issues.

Wellness Programs

  • Work-Life Balance

  • Time Management

  • Stress Management

  • Navigating Life Transitions

  • Effective Communication

  • Keys to Healthy Relationships

  • Anger Management

  • others upon request

Community Partners

We are proud to have a wealth of community partners that can provide post-secondary education and employment pathways for those we serve:

Liberty University
Austin Peay State University
Lipscomb University
Bethel University
Kelly Services
Brescia University
ResCare Workforce Services
Capella University
Rhodes University
Concorde Career College
Department of Community Development
Simmons College School of Social Work
Dress for Success
Southwest TN Community College
Eastern University
Union Grove Baptist Church Career Fair
Freed Hardeman University
Union University
Grand Canyon University
University of Memphis
Harding School of Theology
University of Mississippi
LeTourneau University
Workforce Investment Network
William R Moore College of Technology

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