Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, a faith-based partner of The Drake House, has sponsored a family’s apartment and provided mentors for the family since opening our doors in 2006. APC is committed to growing spiritually, worshiping joyfully and sharing God’s love daily. Since their founding over 25 years ago, APC has enjoyed strong and consistent growth. The APC faith community believes in the importance of a full support team from their church and the community in order to help our mothers be successful. It was APC that spearheaded the concept of the Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’! Dr. Ollie Wagner, Senior Pastor, has worked within the faith-based community to involve others in committing to support The Drake House and includes The Drake House in APC’s annual budget.
Church members, Judy Donnahoo, Sheryl Wentworth, Gerard Ballard, and Elizabeth Hughey comprise the team that maintains and furnishes the apartment and provides the mentors. Sheryl also volunteers in The Drake Center office weekly and speaks to schools and community groups about The Drake House. Working with the families at The Drake House “takes us beyond our comfort zone to a point where we experience spiritual growth”, says Judy Donnahoo, member of APC.
APC’s Mission Day of Service always includes The Drake House, whether it’s collecting school supplies, or listening to The Drake House program graduates share their story. Several projects around The Drake Center and the apartments have come from the APC congregation: Brandon Motter’s senior year project created our lending library; Matt Redder built a much needed storage shed for his Eagle Scout project; and Tyler Jones and Greg Jones have provided ongoing IT support on a volunteer basis. “Our involvement with The Drake House is part of our identity…it has inspired us to participate in similar missions,” says Rev. Ollie Wagner.