Agape Fencing Update - Building Community Leaders

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Agape Fencing continues to grow and create opportunities for neighbors to develop their leadership skills and become experts in their field. After years of training and shadowing, Dave and Ricky have graduated from hourly contract laborers to worksite managers. To keep up with the administrative side of the business, Agape Fencing recently hired Nikki as a part time administrative assistant. Nikki describes herself as “one of the first” when it comes to early members of the Agape Development family, participating in the inaugural Gateway Program and Allies Program. Just before joining the fencing team, Nikki began volunteering with the Teen Ministry as a way to give back to the community. 

On a typical week, the Agape Fencing team works on two to three projects. After Dane surveys the site and takes measurements, he hands the project over to Agape Fencing employees. Then, Nikki creates a cost estimate for the client and then moves forward with scheduling. On the first workday, Dane orients the team to the site before leaving the project with Dave and Ricky, the worksite managers. Dave and Ricky engage in all the client interactions moving forward and manage the worksite independently. As project managers, Dave and Ricky work within the budget, assessing whether to subcontract additional laborers, negotiating wages with contract laborers, and supervising their labor.  

Clients frequently comment on the professionalism of the team and the quality of the labor. A recent client reached out to Dane after the completion of her new fence to praise the team and ask how she could leave a review. The client described the process as “clear and professional” and appreciated the timeliness with which Nikki delivered the financial information. She recalls that after Dane’s initial visit, “we soon had the estimate AND insurance info delivered by email.” Not only did she love the finished product, which came together “in less than two workdays” and turned out “exactly as promised,” but she also noted that “all the workers were friendly, easy to communicate with, and very respectful.”  

To have long-time members of the Agape Family contributing to the success of the social enterprise business; to have three community members handling communications with clients and managing the project from start to finish; to have client testimonies praising the professionalism, the skill, and the kindness of the team, all serve as evidence of the many ways in which God is transforming the community by equipping neighbors to become representatives of Christ in their families, with their friends, and in their work.

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