Just out of rehab for drug abuse, James has a five-month-old baby boy who he has not yet been able to meet. His biggest goal right now is to get to a place in his life where he can be a good father. His son gives him hope that he can turn his life around. When James came to Love INC he was hoping we could help him get a bike, but he had no idea there were many other things we could do for him. He was able to pick up his bike that same day and he also walked out of our office with vouchers for non-food pantry items, kitchen items, laundry services, and even diapers for his son provided by Christians like you. While James seeks employment and a place to live, his heart overflows with thanks to God for being his provider, and to the many donors who make it possible for his needs to be met during this time of transition in his life! “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” - Proverbs 13:12
What is Your Favorite Part of Being a Mentor? "I love connecting with other people, and I also like the opportunity to provide a listening ear. I am too eager to "problem solve" in my personal relationships, and I feel that being a mentor allows me an opportunity to practice just being there for someone, rather than actively trying to solve problems or find solutions. Basically, growing alongside someone." - GM How Has Being a Mentor Changed You? "It is good to be there with people for just a few steps of their life journey. I've met so many wonderful mentees and mentors along the way. They have so much to share and give and value people so much. Through the awkwardness and silences... tears and hugs... depression and despair, followed by hope and new direction. Life stories, walking side by side, learning from each other." - NC What was Challenging About Being a Mentor? "Not coming off as being superior" - ME "Showing up every week - sometimes feeling like I had nothing to offer but then staying 'til late because we got to talking about so many interesting things." - LG "Something I am learning in multiple areas of my life is how to establish good and healthy boundaries. The classes this last semester were very helpful for me and hopefully my mentee as well. It is definitely a work in progress!" - SH What Would You Tell Prospective Mentors to Prepare [...]
“Roger” had been homeless for seven years, but he found hope when he found a job! We received a call one morning just as we were opening to hear that Roger found a job, but there was one problem.... he needed non-slip work shoes. This was a necessity, since his new job was in a restaurant. He was able to make it down to our office, where YOUR donations were able to provide help to get shoes in time. Ramiro was so thankful and said that he wants to help volunteer at Love INC to help other families in need! He will also be taking advantage of the multitude of church ministries that will supply his apartment when he gets one. He loves Jesus with all his heart and had a smile from ear to ear to prove it. Your work is making stories like Roger’s possible. Thank you for loving our community In the Name of Christ. "There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor" - Deuteronomy 15:11 -
When Charlotte and Cameron found out that their night to provide a meal at the shelter was happening on New Year's Eve, they decided to go all out! Cameron is a gourmet cook, so they gave the guests a night to remember. Here's what Charlotte had to say: "It went off without a hitch! Cameron & I dressed in our chef's aprons and set the table with a tablecloth, cloth place mats and candles, and we served a five course dinner with each course served separately. We also had sparkling cider in champagne glasses. It seemed to go really well and everyone enjoyed it. It was a great New Year's Eve with the ladies!"
It is part of the mission of the Newberg Community Shelter to connect the women experiencing homelessness with organizations in the community who can help them. When we got this note from an employee at Goodwill Job Connection, we had to share it: "I just want to say Thank you for all you do. I have seen the gals [in the shelter] come to me just hopeless and depressed and to see where they are now is just amazing! They are full of faith and hope. I really appreciate you referring these great gals over to me and I have enjoyed getting to know them over the past several months! Again, Thank you for all you do to make a difference in their lives." “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”—1 John 4:12
“Blake,” a single dad with a 10-year-old daughter, became a client of Love INC right before Thanksgiving. He had lost his job, hadn't gotten paid for the last pay period he did work, and was on the verge of losing his apartment because he couldn't pay his rent. He was hoping we could help him find a shelter that would take him and his daughter in if they did end up getting evicted. He was thrilled with all of the things we were able to give him vouchers for so that he could continue to care for his daughter, who is the light of his life. He was also very appreciative of the fact that we were committed to praying for them. We had scheduled Barry for a haircut appointment, and today he had to cancel because he started working and couldn't make it in during the day. We are joining him in praise to God for providing a job for Barry just in time for him to keep his apartment and provide a merry Christmas for him and his daughter. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9
"Bruce" came into Love INC for an intake at the beginning of October; he had just been released from prison and was participating in the Helping Hands program. But he needed some help finding resources, so that's why he came to Love INC. His main needs were transportation and prayer to find a job. Thankfully, we could help with both! Bruce received a bike voucher to pick up a bike, along with some bus passes and was added to the weekly prayer e-mail sent to Love INC volunteers. (Click here to sign up to receive them!) We just called him recently, only to find out Bruce had in fact found a job! He is now working at a manufacturing company that is walking distance from where he is staying. Bruce says he is so thankful for all that YOU have done to help him. Thank you for partnering with us to help answer prayers! “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”- Hebrews 13:16
"Katie" is a Newberg native who stumbled into a sad situation; while visiting her sister in Washington, her sister stole her car and most of her money. She then disappeared. Katie used whatever money she had left to buy a bus ticket back to Oregon. But, upon her arrival she was assaulted and ended up with a broken jaw. This resulted in a long hospital stay where Katie was just recently released. Thankfully, she was able to get in contact with Calvary Chapel Church who graciously put her up in a hotel for the night. Then on that Sunday some lovely ladies even picked her up and took her to church. Once Monday rolled around they brought her to Love INC where we were able to connect her with some resources that met her needs. We are so thankful for a community that steps up in a time of need, we could not do it without churches working together! “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2
Rock Point Church is happy to announce that they will be supporting a new Gap Ministry, Loads of Hope! They will provide free laundry service at Newberg Coin Laundry once a month. How did this ministry begin? "This summer, I [Lisa] shared my interest in starting a laundry ministry with my friend, Julie, and she was very enthusiastic. She immediately went to work contacting the laundromat owner and networking with a church who has held laundry nights in the past." Lisa and Julie's passion quickly caught on with the leadership at Rock Point Church. They enthusiastically agreed to sponsor the ministry to make it an official Gap Ministry so recipients can access all of the other resources available in the community through local churches. "As moms we both do a lot of laundry and we felt it was a simple, realistic way we could help our community. Being able to meet new people and build relationships by addressing a need that isn't going to change someone's life but might offer a little relief to people in a difficult situation has been humbling and is an honor." God is working in our community not only to meet needs, but also to build relationships that will lead everyone involved back to him! "Our hope is that through Loads of Hope we will continue to build and strengthen relationships with our new friends, keep sharing Christ's love with them through encouragement and prayer and connect them to other resources in the community."
In a world of “no,” “Alice” received a “yes” and has hope again! When Alice came to Love INC she was hoping we could help her find a placement for an inpatient drug treatment program. She had gotten nothing but "no" answers from every place she had called for help. She was grateful for anything we could do for her, and after her one hour intake appointment, left Love INC with a pile of "yes" answers from us. She now has vouchers for several Church services where she can connect with Christians who can give her healthy guidance. To make things even better, while Alice was sitting in her intake, we got a call from a drug treatment program saying they would have a bed for her within a couple days. Alice left our office crying tears of joy. “Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.’ But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.” – Psalm 3:2-6