SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - The Leadership Somerset Program is starting its fundraising work to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House in Somerville, and provide a nutritional program to those living there.

According to a release, Leadership Somerset works to create an active network of informed concerned leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in the community. Every year, participants complete a class project that gives back to the community.

This year, the class of 2018 is working to upgrade the women's kitchen in the Agape House, while also designing a nutritional cooking program through a partnership with Healthier Somerset, Zufall Health, Shop Rite and/or the Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School.

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The project is expected to be completed by Oct. 31.

According to the release, the Agape House is a 54-bed emergency housing program that provides temporary housing, clothing, transportation, child enrichment programs and 24-hour staff support.

Donations to the project are appreciated, and monetary donations will be used to purchase project materials like kitchenware, flooring material and a 30-inch white gas range/microwave.

There are a number of options for making a donation, including online at, or by sending a check to Volunteers of America of Delaware Valley, with "Agape House - Healthy Living" in the memo).