Dave Hughes, director of the Agape House in Hermiston, has announced he will step down after 17 years.
Hughes made the announcement in a newsletter to Agape House supporters. There will be a gathering from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the First Christian Church’s fellowship hall. Cake and punch will be provided.
The Agape House provides food, clothing and other items for people in need in the community.
During his tenure, the Agape House has undergone significant growth, including a new home on Harper Road and expanded services for those in need.
The Agape House partnered with Blue Mountain Community College to open and operate a thrift store. Seven years ago, with the encouragement of the late Mayor Bob Severson, the board developed Martha’s House, a homeless family transitional program.
“I cannot help but see God’s hand in all that has been accomplished,” he said. “These accomplishments are not mine, but His and would not have happened if you, our supporters, had not provided prayers, vision, and funding.”
Hughes said he had planned to retire in Hermiston, but said he is following God’s lead and will be moving with his wife, Jodene, to Arizona.