2023 Legacy Gala
Thank you to all that joined us at our 2023 Legacy Gala on Saturday, September 23, 2023.
As a 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to providing high quality foster care in South Texas by supporting foster and adoptive families, we have been working diligently in the areas of prevention, foster care, adoption, and aging-out to provide support and mentorship for vulnerable children in our community. Regretfully, child abuse and neglect have continued to rise and the work of Agape Ranch is needed now more than ever.
More than 60% of the children in our county are being placed outside of our county due to the lack of foster homes in our community. This results in many children being separated from their siblings and the only community that they know.
More than 90% of young adults aging-out of the foster care system will become homeless, incarcerated, in prostitution, sex trafficked, or dead within three years.
Agape Ranch will establish a safe environment of 24 homes where foster children can receive the support they need in order to mature in all aspects of their lives. Upon completion, our self sustaining community will care for up to 132 foster children and young adults at a time.
The Thrive program will provide housing and mentorship for young adults during their college or trade school career.
Tori Hope Petersen is the bestselling author of Fostered and sought out national speaker, inspiring audiences to be resilient, suffer well, and change the world with what they have, right where they are, by loving the people in front of them. Tori is a leading advocate in foster care, and has been featured on Good Morning America, Essence, and many other publications sharing her story about being a former foster youth and overcoming to serve others. Tori has equipped and empowered countless churches, organizations, and people to serve the underserved. She also founded the Beloved Initiative, a nonprofit where in community people learn how to become professional lovers of people.
Sherry Johnson & Teresa Hemmert
Allen Dental Group
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L&K Slaton, LLC
Napa Auto Parts
New Life Church
Shannon & Vance Vanoram
South Texas Home Builders
Yorktown Baptist Church