DeLancy and Tameka Madkins are the founders of Agape Homeless Restoration Center. AHRC is a new nonprofit organization founded on June 15. Their plan is to implement a social model that will help repair and prepare Chicago and surrounding cities’ area homeless to regain a normal life in society. The center will provide necessary resources to accomplish its mission of a restored life for the homeless.

AHRC’s goal is to open a homeless shelter in the month of August 2014 on Chicago’s West Side. The shelter will be used as transitional housing for homeless individuals and will provide a “repair and prepare” life program that consists six months to one year of intense training, which includes programs focusing on drug addiction and drug prevention methods, job training and education, to name a few. Within the training period, AHRC’s residents will participate in a variety of life seminars used to help break the cycles of defeat in all aspects of their lives.

AHRC hosted its First Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner and coat drive for homeless individuals at the Sankofa Cultural Center on Nov. 23, which was a great success and the founders plan to continue celebrating successful events like this for years to come. AHRC will also be hosting its First Annual Christmas Toy Drive on Dec. 21 to benefit homeless and disenfranchised children. For general information about this upcoming event or information on how you can help AHRC serve its community now and in the future, please contact DeLancy or Tameka Madkins at or