The Eastern Oregon Mission, (Agape House) is a Christian mission whose purpose is to feed, clothe and shelter those in need and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in words and actions. It is both an evangical and service outreach from the local Christian community.
Agape House’s vision is to serve the less fortunate of our area by providing material needs for today and building skills for a better tomorrow.
Our service area is Western Umatilla County and Morrow County with the exception of food boxes. Food boxes are available for residents of Hermiston and Umatilla since other areas are covered by Oregon Food Bank supported food banks.
The Eastern Oregon Mission, (Agape House) opened August 5, 1986 thru the efforts of Kathleen Knudson, a woman who had a vision for serving the less fortunate, working poor and the homeless transients. Beginning in a small house, Agape House grew rapidly over the next few years, becoming a small food bank and clothing dispensary for those in need. This original small house, served Agape House for several years, until the need for spaced pushed it into its current facilities.
In 1986, Agape House served an average of 100 families per month. Today the caseload is more than 750 families a month. With changes in the service area for over the last two decades, the organization added an 8′ x 45′ freezer unit,two walk-in 8′ by 20′ coolers, created more storage for the needed food products, and partnered with Blue Mountain Community College to operate a thrift store. After 8 years of dreaming, 3 years of planning, and fund raising and 4 months of construction, Agape House moved to a larger facility in December of 2005. Agape House continues to serve an ever-increasing caseload through the efforts of concerned individuals, church groups, and volunteers. Agape House has four trucks, a van and two trailers used to transport donated food and other items.