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Agape Ministries of Charleston has been in the forefront of Eastside activities and is currently, in partnership with the City of Charleston and various corporate sponsors, restoring the Josiah Smith Tennent House, an architecturally and historically significant structure on the Eastside.

When the restoration is complete, this building, which once served as an army hospital during the Civil War, will be the home for the Eastside Center for Human Concerns. This building will contain the kinds of services that are difficult to reach for persons residing in inner city poverty. The first floor will house a state-of-the-art child care facility. We will devote the second floor to job training for both men and women. The third floor will house Justified Amnesty, legal services, a Center for Non-Violence and a Community Outreach Partnership Center. We will devote the fourth floor to primary dental care services for the un-/under-employed "low-wealth" citizens of the Enterprise Renewal Community.

The $3.8 million needed to restore the first two stages of the building have been raised and external/internal renovations are complete. The building was dedicated April 1, 2001 and will be ready for occupancy in June 2004. Meanwhile, programs that we will eventually house in the building continue to operate in scattered sites throughout the Enterprise Renewal Community (ERC).

The impact goal is a safer, healthier and gentler community with less poverty, crime, violence, teen pregnancy and other signs of moral, social and economic disintegration.

Organizational Structure of Agape Ministries of Charleston

Agape Ministries of Charleston is not a church. It is an association of 501(c)(3) non-profit, grassroots organizations established in August 1988. Agape Ministries of Charleston, itself a 501 C3 non-profit organization, is the major non-government provider of social, educational, legal, financial and occupational services in the Eastside Community and the federally designated Enterprise Renewal Community (ERC). Agape Ministries of Charleston's organizational structure is composed of the following entities:


Agape Ministries of Charleston, Inc.
MSC Box 1007
701 East Bay Street, Suite 3A-100
Charleston, S.C. 29403
Fed. Tax ID#: 57-1090255
Phone: 843.853.1090 | Fax: 843.853.0060 | email: info@agapeministriesofcharleston.org