Some time ago, a young woman came to Love INC needing resources to help her learn how to best take care of her autistic son. Ashley, an intern at the time, was there to help. “We were able to bring peace to her life that she didn’t know was available,” she said.

While helping the woman take linens and food to her car, Ashley was surprised when the woman started crying. She gave Ashley a tight hug and thanked her, saying, “You have given me so much hope and peace and I am grateful for this place.”

Ashley saw this moment as an “incredible testament to what Love INC is all about,” and felt blessed to be a part of it.

She graduated from George Fox University in 2014 with a degree in Social Work. She is currently helping her church create an intake process for The Heart of the City, the new community center of Wilsonville. She will become a leader and trainer to those who want to become intake specialists there.

Of her internship experience, she said, “Love INC gave me a sense of what it means to work with a vulnerable population and gave me a compassion for that population that I never thought I would have.”

Her time at Love INC introduced her to the tools to start a community center in her own town, bringing hope to those living in poverty locally.

“God has given me a passion for community development and I am seeing that at work as we begin this process of creating a place of change,” she said. “He has opened doors and created circumstances that have allowed me to be an active part of this process.”

While an intern, Ashley grew spiritually as she “walked side by side with many clients as they worked to better themselves.” She said, “I was able to speak the truth into their lives about who they are in Christ, rather than what society says they are.”

“Servant Update” is a series about former volunteers and interns from Love INC Newberg.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcome me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’” –Matthew 25:34-36