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7 12, 2015

December Update

By | 2015-12-07T20:27:25+00:00 December 7th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, Have you ever gotten a dollar bill stamped with a “Where’s George” website? It’s a site where you can track all of the places that dollar bill has gone. Knowing how many hands that dollar bill has passed through is pretty cool… and a little gross. How a dollar bill that started in Virginia can travel in a matter of days through several states and end up in Athens, Greece, is amazing! If that is what a humble dollar bill can do, how much more is possible when a currency is partnered with our Love? Now leverage that Love and dollar with a hefty dose of time and talent and you end up with powerful work! When Love INC receives a $20 bill, that bill is transformed into $200 because we leverage the God-Given Love, Talent and Skills of people. Not only do we transform money itself, but the most exciting changes occur when we see God transform hearts and minds. The concept is simple, yet powerful. Leveraging your trip to Costco to bless someone else with toilet paper is simple. You might spend an extra $15 dollars, but now several households will have toilet paper for a week. You might schedule a $20 monthly online payment from your bank to Love INC—and that $20 will provide help for a mom and her kids who feel lost, alone, cold and afraid. Leverage; it’s a primitive technology, yet one of the most powerful forces we have. We [...]

11 11, 2015

Special Request

By | 2015-11-11T07:40:00+00:00 November 11th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

Last week Rendered, LLC committed to the ‪#‎bettermytownchallenge‬ by donating a substantial amount of clothing to our local clothing closets. The same day, one of our Love INC clients asked if we had any leads on big and tall clothing for men. He had visited the local clothing closets but wasn't able to find anything that fit him. After viewing Rendered's video we got the idea to call and see if they had any big and tall clothing. Nate Travers enthusiastically provided several nice t-shirts, polo shirts and a *sweet* jacket for our client that fit him and will outfit him for job interviews. Thanks to Nate and the Rendered team for providing this special request!

4 11, 2015

November Update

By | 2015-11-04T18:06:19+00:00 November 4th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you...” (Matthew 26:11)  Why then, should we give ourselves to acts of charity and compassion?  If we can’t end homelessness and hunger, is it futile to try? At Love INC, every day we see the face of our homeless, hungry and discouraged neighbors in need.  We see those who try to better their lives and those who appear to not even try.  And for every person we help and send on his or her way, another walks in with yet more needs. So why would Jesus tell us to help the poor and then tell us that we’ll never be able to end poverty? Often, the greatest benefactor of compassionate giving is the giver, and not the person in need. When we see how little people who experience material poverty have, we are suddenly made aware of our own abundance.  When we show compassion, we become more like Christ and thankful for the gifts God has given to us.  When we meet needs, contentment grows. Self-centeredness and materialism diminish.  By reaching out, we keep ourselves from closing in. [pullquote align="full" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]"By reaching out, we keep ourselves from closing in."[/pullquote] The greatest lesson in selfless giving is just that…selflessness.  When we give, we cultivate thankfulness, contentment and compassion, and we counteract covetousness, dissatisfaction and greed.  Compassionate giving is the greatest cure to a self-centered life. This Thanksgiving, experience the amazing combination of “thanks” and “giving”… being thankful for [...]

3 11, 2015

Thrilled to Give Back

By | 2015-11-03T09:42:51+00:00 November 3rd, 2015|Clearinghouse|

"Sarah" was scheduled for an upcoming free hair cut when she called in and asked to be removed from the wait list. She happily reported that Love INC had helped her so quickly and efficiently that she now has a job and an income and could afford her own haircuts. She is presently helping other clients through her job with Housing Authority of Yamhill County and is thrilled to be giving back. She also wanted to thank us for the cutest set of towels she received when she first came in. "He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us." II Corinthians 1:4 (NLT)

5 10, 2015

October Update

By | 2015-10-05T19:37:17+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, I walked into the office a couple of weeks ago to find my friend Heidi being oriented to serving in our Clearinghouse. I was so excited to see someone from my own congregation joining the many others from all over Newberg who volunteer with Love INC. I excitedly exclaimed, “I didn’t know you were going to be here!” She answered that she had been thinking about serving for quite some time but she realized she just needed to do it.  She paraphrased Richard Rohr and said, “It’s time for me to start living my way into a new way of thinking.”  This struck me and I have thought of her response many times over the past few weeks.  “We live our way into a new way of thinking…” On my desk is an old rumpled copy of a quote from the Greek philosopher, Aristotle. I keep it handy to remind me that I need a lot of practice in the way of Jesus.  He says, “Whatever we learn to do, we learn by actually doing it; men come to be builders, for instance, by building, and harp players by playing the harp. In the same way, by doing just acts we come to be just; by doing self-controlled acts, we come to be self-controlled; and by doing brave acts, we become brave.” [pullquote align="right" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]"By doing brave acts, we become brave" - Aristotle[/pullquote] Now I have to confess, I am not one [...]

16 09, 2015

God Does Provide!

By | 2015-09-16T19:45:43+00:00 September 16th, 2015|Shelter|

Moving out of the Newberg Community Shelter is a great accomplishment. “Kiki” had been living in the shelter for the past nine months and finally secured a two-bedroom apartment for her two children and herself. She had just a few personal belongings and a cot for a bed, but was so excited to begin this next chapter of her life. During the “going away” party the other women in the shelter were throwing for Kiki, one of the Clearinghouse volunteers announced that her neighbors had a yard sale over the weekend. They had quite a few items unsold and left over.  She suggested Kiki take a look at the items quickly, as her neighbors were getting ready to deliver the leftovers to Goodwill. Kiki and a couple of staff members immediately drove over the neighbor’s home to find dishes, furniture, bedding, lamps, a coffee maker and baking pans.  The neighbor who had hosted the yard sale said, “We couldn’t understand why these items didn’t sell this weekend. They are really nice and were priced well. Now we know why they didn’t sell; it was because God knew that you would need them.” By the end of the day, Kiki had almost all she needed to set up her apartment.  Over the following week she received even more donations and help from her family, Love INC volunteers and community members. She and the kids are settling into their new home and praising God for all that was so miraculously provided. “Rejoice [...]

8 09, 2015

September Update

By | 2015-09-08T19:03:34+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, “Follow me as I follow Christ” Would you put that invitation out to anyone? Most of us are working pretty hard to follow Christ to our best ability and would be a little uncomfortable having someone follow our example. But this is exactly what the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 11:1. It may be a little easier to relate to this idea of “being followed” if we use a modern term we are more familiar with, and that is mentoring. This is a concept we can relate to…giving help and advice to someone with less experience in a given area. At Relational Ministry, that’s exactly what we do! We pair a mentor with someone who not only needs help but wants help! These are people whose journey through life has been a little rough. They have been sidetracked and need guidance and encouragement to get back on the path and make progress. Relational Ministry offers practical instruction on the basics of life…getting finances in order, developing a work ethic, making wise life choices, even getting fit and healthy! And while learning to live, they are also learning to love. The mentor becomes a trusted friend. Relationships are formed and a sense of community is fostered. As our Relational Ministry classes start up fresh again this fall, we are anticipating a great year! We are excited to see lives changed, bad habits broken, good habits formed, debt reduced, pounds shed, relationships strengthened and hope restored. Most [...]

1 09, 2015

Reconciliation

By | 2015-09-01T21:46:13+00:00 September 1st, 2015|Shelter|

Ida has struggled with alcohol for years. She lost stable employment and severely strained her family relationships, especially with her mother. Last summer she left the Newberg Community Shelter due to drinking after being informed that she would need to be sober to stay in the house. A couple of months ago, after being sober for six weeks, Ida asked to move back into the house. She had been attending AA five days a week and was very serious about wanting to take steps toward a new life. Within a few days of being back in the house, she shared with our volunteer, Carol that she had a lump in her breast that needed attention. Carol got her scheduled for a mammogram within 24 hours. After a biopsy it was determined that she had advanced breast cancer. Carol asked Ida if she could contact Ida’s mother just to inform her of the diagnosis. After speaking with Carol, Ida’s mom called Ida to talk. It had been three years since she had spoken to her daughter! Ida reported that they had a wonderful conversation and that it was great to talk to her mom and not have to ask her for anything. “Every time I called her in the past it was because I needed something from her. This time, we just talked, because now I have everything I need.” Shortly after this conversation with her mother, Ida learned that her cancer had spread into her bones and was too advanced [...]

26 08, 2015

Working Together

By | 2015-08-26T21:48:29+00:00 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 | 2015-08-05T07:57:15+00:00 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