Agape is a Greek word with two meanings. It signifies a communal meal and, secondly, the term ‘agape’ relates to an unselfish love of one person for another.
Agape Community Center is located at 6100 North 42nd Street in the heart of Berryland and Thurston Woods, a Northwest side Milwaukee neighborhood. Housed in an 18,000 square foot, two-story building, Agape Community Center features a commercial kitchen, a dining facility and recreation center, a family resource center, youth activity rooms, technology center, conference room, and administrative offices. Although Agape’s programs and services are available to all Milwaukee County residents, the agency’s focus remains on the northwest side of Milwaukee.
Agape has served and demonstrated its commitment to Milwaukee’s Northwest Side for more than 25 years. The community center credits its start to the thoughtful vision and the financial support of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother. Several Sisters living in the neighborhood learned that too many area families were in need of food—often eating meals of bread and cereal. Working with area churches, they began serving community meals in November 1986. Since that time, Agape has grown into a vital community resource offering services, activities and programs to nearly 25,000 neighbors.
Agape Community Center is a subsidiary of Ministry Health Care, a leading network of hospitals, clinics and many other health-oriented organizations in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both Agape and Ministry are sponsored by the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother.
Agape Community Center’s Neighborhood Development department serves nine neighborhoods on Milwaukee’s northwest side. Neighborhood Development staff focus on making strategic investments that further stimulate revitalization in these neighborhoods, which include Havenwoods Economic Development Corporation, a partner of Agape Community Center, serving portions of Graceland, Havenwoods, Town & Country Manor, and Wyrick Park
Agape Community Center’s services include After School Programs, Intergenerational Programming, Community Meals, Senior Programs, Health Initiatives and Summer Youth Activities. The Center also serves as an election polling location and a Summer Lunch Location for the Department of Public Instruction. Agape Community Center also provides space to rent for private events.
Agape Community Center has become a focal point and meeting ground for the neighborhood. With an interactive playground and sizeable green space area, families rely on the Agape Community Center to enhance their quality of life.