About Us



Morning Star Sanctuary is the successor of the Madison Children's Home and Domestic Violence Shelter, which was founded in 1986 as a ministry of the Madison Church of Christ. The children's home closed in 2001 and a group of committed community leaders formed a Board of Directors and obtained a non-profit status for Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc. The Madison Church of Christ agreed to continue to make the homes available to Morning Star. After extensive repairs to the building in which the shelter had been housed, Morning Star Sanctuary opened in 2002. The crisis line, court advocacy, support groups and mentoring program continued without interruption while re-organization and repairs took place.

Morning Star continues to grow and serve more victims each year. Morning Star's mission is to provide a safe haven and numerous other services for victims of domestic violence and their children with the healing love of Christ and to empower them to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives. 

On July 1, 2018, Morning Star Sanctuary officially merged with AGAPE, which has been providing children and family social services and professional counseling as a non-profit agency for more than 50 years. To learn more about this adoption and expansion, click here.


  • Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten
  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes Combined!
  • Every day in the U.S., more than 3 women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend
  • 1 in 5 teenage  girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened  violence towards her,  or self-harm if presented with a breakup

Based on the most recent data from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The five states with the highest rates of women killed by men are, in order:  


1. Alaska

2. Nevada

3. Louisiana


5. South Carolina