26 08, 2015

Working Together

By | August 26th, 2015|Shelter|

This spring one of the Love INC board members won a fully catered BBQ meal for 30 people at a Rotary event. She called the Love INC staff and asked, “How can we use this catered meal for Love INC?” The staff shared that we needed new washers and dryers for use in the Newberg Community Shelter and also for the clearinghouse clients who come for showers and laundry. Two other board members caught the vision for having a women’s luncheon to raise funds for the washers and dryers. The luncheon was held at Newberg Foursquare Church which was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers, yellow checkerboard linens and vintage laundry antiques. The “Laundry” theme was continued with the inspiring verse from Colossians 3:12, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Luncheon guests were treated to a delicious BBQ while listening to shelter guests share their stories of how the Love INC program has helped them on their way to sustainable housing and renewed lives. The luncheon raised over $4,300 which was enough to purchase the needed two high capacity, energy efficient washer/dryer sets. Because Love INC saved money going through Krohn’s Appliance here in Newberg there was enough money to purchase a much needed new stove for the Shelter! While purchasing the appliances from Krohn’s, Brian Love (Krohn’s Owner) asked if he could have one of the old sets to repair and donate to the Newberg High School Great [...]

5 08, 2015

Attaining Savings Goals

By | August 5th, 2015|Shelter|

Helping our shelter guests gain financial independence is one of our most important goals. We work collaboratively with our guests to ensure that they are taking the right steps towards financial responsibility so that they are ready to support themselves when they once again begin incurring the basic expenses of life. One of the tools used to achieve this is a monthly spending sheet that is filled out every month, usually accompanied by a custom-tailored savings goal that the guest strives for. Many of the guests take several months to get to a place financially where they can begin saving money. Recently, two shelter guests were able to save $250 and $300 for the month of June and plan to continue this trend in upcoming months! “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”- Proverbs 13:11

4 08, 2015

August Update

By | August 4th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, As a child, the back to school season was so exciting for me. I got a couple of new school outfits, maybe a new backpack and of course all those new supplies.  On that first day of a new grade, new teachers and new classmates were exhilarating!  I loved school as a child and deeply enjoy learning to this day. When I became a mom, back to school advertisements were a wonderful sign that the fun but highly chaotic pace of summer would soon be replaced by the peace and consistency of school year routines.  When our boys were in elementary school those routines were incredibly anchoring for our family. Sunday evenings were spent prepping lunches and planning for the week.  Each weeknight was spent helping our two boys memorize spelling words, complete math assignments and making sure they were ready for Friday’s quizzes. It was comforting watching our boys add to their knowledge week by week by week while enjoying the predictability of our schedules.  Over the years, the disciplines learned in those early years of education served our grown sons well.  They are both avid adult learners who love to discuss ways our family can make this world a better place for others. Reminiscing about back to school seasons of the past got me thinking that maybe Back to School 2015 is a good time for the staff and me to introduce the Love INC community to some new routines that have the power [...]