Agape Resource & Assistance Center Announces Jericho Village™, a Holistic Housing Program Supported by a $1 Million Principal Gift from the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation

Wylie, Texas — The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation donated $1 million to the Collin County-based company Agape, Inc Resource and Support Center to develop Jericho Villagea 38-unity an income-based urban apartment village will be located in Wylie, Texas. With grand opening scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2022, Jericho Village will provide economically accessible housing to homeless families led by female graduates of Agape’s Transitional Housing Program and other households struggling to stay housed. reliably due to the critical lack of affordable housing.

Artist’s impression of a house in Jericho Village™


Working with Agape on Jericho Village will help create a long-term solution that specifically benefits women and girls emerging from homelessness,” says Kaleta Doolin, Founder of the contributing foundation. “The foundation board believes that Jericho Village is a solution to the significant and growing needs of the community.”

We are honored to have the support of the Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation to help end cycle of repeated homelessness among women and children,” says Janet Collinsworth, Founder and Executive Director of Agape Resource & Assistance. “While it’s hard to believe homelessness exists in an affluent area like Collin County, there are women and children going through tough times. With the help of the foundation and others, we are investing in a future where families in need have a safe and stable home..”

Janet Collinsworth


Just north of Dallas, Collin County is known for its beautiful and safe suburbs, excellent public schools, and general wealth of its nearly one million residents. Even before the pandemic, homelessness rates in Collin County were steadily increasing each year. In fact, the number of Plano ISD children identified as homeless has increased fivefold since 2009. Recent statistics also show that there is a an estimated 6,500 households are in crisis of homelessness and nearly 75% of these households are headed by women.

With over eight years of proven success, Agape has given women the education, life skills and confidence to become self-sufficient through its innovative training and psychological support.. Despite the excitement of graduating, Agape soon discovered that every woman graduating from her program faced the near-impossible task of finding safe, economically accessible housing for her family in Collin County. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, North Texas ranks among the 10 worst metropolitan areas for affordable housing. Their 2020 study showed that Dallas/Fort Worth only has 21 affordable and available units for every 100 low-income renters..

Jericho Village will be an inclusive, graduated rent and innovative solution to end the debilitating lack of economically feasible housing in Collin County. Building on the success of Agape’s transitional housing program, on-site responders help villagers easily access empowerment support services, including equitable access and assistance with childcare, transportation, education and workforce training, financial education, budgeting and counseling. By providing mixed-income rental housing and support services, Jericho Village will provide individuals and families with the tools to maintain or achieve economic, emotional and physical stability.

Rendering of the Jericho Village™ site


In March, the Town of Wylie approved zoning for this groundbreaking project that will help fill a significant gap in social services in Collin County. Other Jericho Village community stakeholders include the First Baptist Church of Wylie and Catholic Charities of Dallas. In addition to the foundation’s generous donation and support from other stakeholders, Agape aims to raise an additional $750,000 by September 1..

Want to learn more about how you and your organization can be part of this innovative solution? The Credit Union of Texas Charitable Foundation will host a free lunch on Thursday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Legacy Campus of Chase Oaks Church in Plano. Ashley Brundageexecutive director of housing stability and senior vice president of community impact at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, will discuss the state of homelessness in Collin and Dallas counties. Collinsworth will feature Agape’s Jericho Village. To RSVP, visit HERE or call Angie Dunaway at 817-875-2645.

For more information, visit www.jerichovillage.org or contact Janet Collinsworth at [email protected]. For the latest updates, follow Jericho Village on Facebook and instagram.

ON AGAPE RESOURCE AND SUPPORT CENTER

Agape Resource & Assistance Center, a non-profit organization based in Collin County, provides housing and transitional services to homeless single women, mothers and their children, enabling them to transition from homelessness and from crisis to fulfilling and independent living. More than 85% of Agape women are victims of abuse and violence, some stemming from human trafficking. Agape provides safe and stable housing and transformational services that enable women to achieve stability. Currently, the agency operates eight 45-bed units in East Plano, strategically located near daycare centers and public transportation. For more information, visit www.hope4agape.org or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

ON THE KALETA A. DOOLIN FOUNDATION

The Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation, a feminist nonprofit organization, is dedicated to being a resource and strategic partner for social and environmental justice by protecting and advocating for women and girls with the goal of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the arts. and science. For more information, visit www.kadf.org.

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