This morning we received a call from "Jenny," wanting to donate some furniture. She proceeded to tell us about how her daughter has transformed since working with Love INC: Jenny's drug addicted daughter, "Denise", had been in an abusive relationship five years ago when she reached out to Love INC and other local organizations. She participated in our program along with many others provided in McMinnville and Newberg and even volunteered at a church. After years of hard work and transformation, she has moved into a stable home, achieved sobriety, has been attending school and has been on the Dean's List at her college! She is studying social work with a goal to help Senior Citizens in need.
Eight years ago a couple in our church took in a tiny infant that belonged to two teenage parents. The baby's daddy worked for the man in our church and the baby's mommy ("Danielle") abandoned him. Every so often, the mommy would come back to town and on occasion she would visit her baby. She never stayed more than a few days. The couple in our church stayed in contact with her over the eight years that she was away. They prayed for her and shared the gospel with her. They took her baby to church. Eight years passed and one day Danielle, now in her 20's, called the couple in our church and said she was at rock bottom and she was willing to do anything to get her life on track. The couple asked my husband and I what to do, and we said to give Love INC a call. The couple brought her to the office for an interview, and immediately action was taken to get her in a stable home at the shelter. The couple brought her to church, and she observed cautiously, even fearfully, at first. She said she has never met so many caring people in her life. After being loved and accepted by strangers and hearing how Jesus loved her and wanted the best for her life, she found herself at the altar in tears, giving her broken life to Jesus to heal and repair. A month later she was water-baptized and attending [...]
DROP IN CENTER IS NOW TAKING RELIEF BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ITEMS 2nd Street Church offers their amazing office space on 1st Street to the transient community when they are open, and they have been dispersing the Breakfast Bags and Sack Lunch Kits. What they noticed was that not everyone enjoyed everything in these bags, and a lot of food was going to waste. Now, they take those items out of the bags and place them on the shelf shown above. Anyone who is hungry can stop by the office (during open hours) and pick a certain number of items off the shelf. They have access to a microwave where they can heat up their breakfast or lunch and plenty of space to enjoy and eat. Even better news: you can still help contribute to this ministry! ITEMS COLLECTED: Soup with pop top Cup of Noodles Microwave Mac N Cheese Protein bars Crackers with peanut butter or cheese Packs of peanuts Fruit and applesauce cups (the applesauce in the little pouches are not as popular) 100% juice boxes/pouches Hot chocolate packets These items can be dropped off directly to the 2nd Street office at 504 E 1st St Monday - Friday, 9AM to 1PM. We are so excited to see this ministry evolve to serve our community even better!
Dear Love INC Community, Since our move in late August, certain questions have come up over and over again from both clients and volunteers about our organization’s policies. Many are simply wondering what’s different and what's the same now that we are in a new location. I want to give you a brief bullet list of the changes and the consistencies of the ministry as it presently stands: What’s the same: The Newberg Community Shelter is still in the same house. They have not moved. We’re still Love In the Name of Christ, a ministry bringing together local churches and coordinating their vast resources of expertise, talent and time to transform lives and our communities in the name of Christ. Our central clearinghouse, where we empower volunteers to receive, screen, clarify, and resource needs from the community is still our essential function. Jesus Christ is still transforming lives by unifying the body of Christ and putting Christians smack dab in the middle of the lives of those in our community who are hurting and reaching out for help. What's different: We occupy professional office space with other neighboring businesses. We’re no longer a central hub for donation drop-offs, due to lack of storage. We’ve been redirecting donations directly to our GAP ministries. This does two things: emphasizes our mission to mobilize local churches and saves donors time and gas money. We’re transitioning to being more phone–based as opposed to in-person to increase accessibility to clients. We still accept walk-ins! But, if at all possible, [...]