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Agape Family Ministries

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agape-family-ministriesThe Basics

In 1983, Jose E. Hernandez opened Agape Family Ministries (AFM), which began as a residential treatment program to help those with substance use and mental health disorders in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. More than 30 years since its inception, Hernandez’s vision has expanded and AFM is now a fully comprehensive community health facility with both residential and outpatient programs for recovering addicts, young mothers and current or former inmates. The residential program for women is completely free to all clients. The Agape Network includes AFM as well as South Florida Jail Ministries, a program where 20 chaplains and hundreds of volunteers provide education services for county inmates. AFM’s programming is faith-based and non-denominational, with spirituality serving as a cornerstone of treatment.

Accommodations and Food

The residential program at AFM is situated on seven acres in South Dade and serves women only. All clients in the program can expect to share a room with at least one other person. Three meals are provided a day with rotating menus and specific clean-up times scheduled. Currently AFM’s residential program can only accommodate pregnant and postpartum women. On the campus there is a gym and outside recreational space for residents to use freely, as well as a serenity garden to enjoy quiet moments and an orchid greenhouse where clients can garden.

Treatment and Staff

The substance abuse recovery program for adults at AFM focuses on incorporating the 12 steps and cultivating a spiritual life. Though the inpatient program is only for women, AFM’s outpatient program is co-ed.

In the residential program, clients’ lives are very structured. Residents agree to stay a minimum of 60 days and are supervised or chaperoned by staff all the time, even for court appearances and doctor’s appointments. Clients are assigned a primary therapist who they see weekly for individual therapy, though the bulk of treatment consists of group therapy. In group sessions, clients discuss and learn about 12-step methodology as well as life skills. Residents are also given free time to exercise, meditate and garden, all of which teach balance and relaxation.

Those in the outpatient program begin treatment with an intake evaluation. After intake, clients are matched with a therapist. Group and individual therapy sessions vary by client though the average is one hour of either per week for between three and six months. Clients sometimes attend outpatient for a year or more.

Some clients are assigned to the Mommy and Me track, a program for mothers recovering from addiction that helps them reunite with their children. Mothers are able to retain custody of their kids while receiving treatment to keep their children from entering the foster care system. Women in this program receive the standard treatment for female addicts in addition to parenting training education.

The clinical staff at AFM are certified substance abuse counselors, LCSWs and counselors with Master’s-level degrees in psychology. The Medical Director at AFM is a licensed psychiatrist.

Extras

The Agape Children of Inmates Program run through the facility by The Children’s Trust helps children whose parents are incarcerated. Agape also works to accommodate Spanish speakers.

In Summary

Agape is aptly titled a family ministry. Those seeking treatment at Agape—whether outpatient or inpatient—received the benefit of more than 30 years of experience. Participants should prepare to work a traditional, 12-step recovery program. The major limitation of this facility is that it is mainly limited to Miami-Dade County residents. Still, Agape offers reliable, affordable treatment to those in the area.

Agape Family Ministries
22790 SW 112 Ave
Miami, FL 33170

Agape Family Ministries Cost: Free (residential); sliding scale (outpatient). Reach Agape Family Ministries by phone at (305) 235-2616. Find Agape Family Ministries on Facebook

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  1. Agape family ministries is at first a warm, welcoming place for the women who are in residence. They do their best to provide the spiritual healing they need. However, their deeper intent is quickly revealed to be one where the main goal is for Agape to be a profitable State Funded business. Much is left up to the residents as far as family therapies and even participation (or non-participation) in the daily schedules provided for them. The women are given much freedom on “day passes,” after easily attaining “upper levels of responsibility.” They are soon given permission for daily passes and even issued cell phones provided by the State for them to text and call whomever they choose, once out on a “day pass.” The women outwit and manipulate the staff into giving them “day passes” by claiming they are “job hunting” as many times as they wish. Usually, they are NOT job hunting, but visiting family, friends or boyfriends they should not be seeing. They are exposed to the many triggers and temptations and soon want to leave. I have had experience with a loved one in several treatment centers and speaking with the Staff at Agape is one of the most frustrating (no one can answer simple questions), insensitive and rude experiences I have ever encountered. There is no support for the people who have suffered and live with the consequences of the patients they are supposed to help.

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