The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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August 26, 2012

Agnes House helps women

ENID, Okla. — Since June of last year, Agnes House, a halfway house for women, has helped 19 women, with another 15 waiting for a spot to open up.

Three years ago, sisters Alma Middleton and Shirley Taylor created a place for women just leaving prison or wanting to stay out of prison, and named it Agnes House, after their mother.

Agnes House offers counseling classes in several areas and is a faith-based program. Its mission is to assist with temporary shelter, help enhance social adjustments and develop life skills.

The sisters undertook a 16-month project to remodel two homes in the 400 block of East Walnut.

Middleton said she wanted to give thank-yous to the city of Enid for a Community Development Block Grant given to Agnes House to install new siding on the homes at 422 and 424 E. Walnut.

“We want to give them a big shout-out,” she said, noting the siding was needed to help with insulation and prevent the need for repainting the two homes.

“We have so many people to thank, and we couldn’t do this without their help,” she said.

Individuals who have donated to Agnes House include: Eva Barnwell, Barber Baker, Mr. and Mrs. James Antilla, Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Deterding, Mr. and Mrs. Denny Krick, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Moyer, Allen McCobb, Frances Peach, Mr. and Mrs. Don Becker, Betty Jean McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Robin Duncan, Judith Cromwell Reed, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Edington, Princess Tea, Debbie Bellamy, Bertha Mobely, Jerry Holt, Rosa L, Fullwood, Dan Shaner, Roy and Delores Smith, John and Sally Bard, Denise Skimager, Marcia Lamunyon, Kirk and Marilyn Goodwin, Danny and Dandra Simms, Butch and Nancy Phillips, Phil and Johnnie McCrate, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Shaner, Debbie Shaner, James and Janet Cox, Delores Mason, Dick and Pat Powers, John Backmeyer, Anya D. Lockett-Evans, Eileene Walker, Diana Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Ron Taylor and Alma Middleton.

Businesses and groups that have supported Agnes House are: Northwest Dental Association, Lee Williams Studio, Sistah 2 Sistah, Plants a Plenty, Association of Retired Federal Employees, Nichols Enterprises, Inc., McCray Family Reunion and Enid First Assembly’s Friends of Friends.

Middleton said Agnes House also is looking for further grant opportunities or those who wish to help with her and her sister’s mission.

Middleton stressed Agnes House is not an early-release program, but is a program available for women who are just leaving prison and need a little help when they get out.

Those wishing to assist the mission of Agnes House, which is a not-for-profit entity, can call Taylor at 233-3683 or Middleton at 237-5149.

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