2021 marks a 12 year relationship between Agape Family Services and Tebo Properties. The leased single-family home located at 10656 Parkridge Ave. in Longmont operates as a Day Shelter for Agape Family Services Safe Haven program. More recently, due to COVID-19 restrictions this small single-family space has been “home” for 6 men and women experiencing homelessness.
In other years, Safe Haven operates as a year-round sober homeless ministry that accepts a limited number of guests that stay overnight at various churches in Longmont and Lyons. The property at 10656 Parkridge Ave. has traditionally been a Day Shelter where the Safe Haven guests can store their belongings, take a shower, do laundry, check emails, participate in Bible Study and Celebrate Recovery meetings, and eat meals provided by the Safe Haven staff and volunteers.
Pastor Gary Jefferson is the Executive Director of Agape Family Services and is proud of the relationship with Tebo Properties and the work that Safe Haven does in the community. “Our shelter provides our homeless guests a chance to recover. Safe Haven gives them a family of sorts. And we offer them shelter and a family in a safe, sober, and clean environment. No one else is providing this kind of service.”
“It has been an honor to support Agape Family Services by providing a home for their excellent work for the last 12 years,” said Stephen Tebo, founder and owner of Tebo Properties. “Their work to assist members of our community at some of their most difficult moments is truly inspiring,” he added.
The feelings expressed by Pastor Jefferson and Mr. Tebo is echoed by a current guest of Safe Haven. “Having the staff and volunteers “celebrate my small victories and really care about me and the other guests and treat us as people and not just ‘homeless individuals’ really makes me feel good”.