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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

4 08, 2015

August Update

By | 2015-08-04T16:21:12+00:00 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 [...]

29 07, 2015

Thankful Heart

By | 2015-07-29T06:56:32+00:00 July 29th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

Not too long ago one of our clients “Rachel” called in to tell us how thankful she was. She was so thankful because she had been on our waitlist to have some cleaning done at her house, and a young family had just come to help. She said that she was so thankful “for having things like these in our community” and that “the family was really nice”. It is in moments like these that we are reminded just how valuable our efforts, and the efforts of our volunteers are. To be able to grant someone a small reprieve from a worry is a valuable gift and one that they are clearly thankful for, even if they do not always articulate it. “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:” 1 Peter 4:10

22 07, 2015

Youthful Giving

By | 2015-07-22T06:53:53+00:00 July 22nd, 2015|Gap Ministries|

Recently we received donations from North Valley Friends Church during their children’s camps. The children were taught the meaning of community service and the plight of homelessness. Each child made a couple of lunch kits and placed a card with encouraging words inside the lunch kits. It was very touching to see the children so excited to serve their fellow man. At the end of their lesson they were able to talk to our Love INC intern, Lexxs. What they had to say was so encouraging. One young boy spoke about how he had set up a lemonade stand and then donated all of his profits to Love INC. Another young girl talked about how she wanted to start a club with her friends to gather donations and raise money for people in need. A child’s giving heart is an amazing thing and our homeless ministry is blessed by their generosity and zeal for helping others. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 ESV

15 07, 2015

Fruition

By | 2015-07-15T06:40:47+00:00 July 15th, 2015|Shelter|

Last summer we were blessed to have the Home Builder’s Foundation come and assist in the women’s shelter remodel. On June 30th we held a small event to show our appreciation and gratitude for their service. This event was really special for our shelter guests because they were able to thank those who helped them to have a place to stay. This event was also special because one of our guests “Kiki” is a very talented cook and baker. Kiki is the one who catered the event, with some help from other shelter guests. It is a proud moment when you get to see your work come to fruition and Kiki was able to experience that with this celebration as everyone enjoyed her lovely food. “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58

8 07, 2015

Growing Despite Adversity

By | 2015-07-08T06:39:43+00:00 July 8th, 2015|Shelter|

At the shelter we aim to build long lasting and healthy relationships with the women we serve. One of our guests “Tammy” has been making great strides towards self-sufficiency. She has faced many hardships in her life, but still retains a very giving soul. This month Tammy was able to save $300 out of her budget and hopes to achieve even higher savings next month. Watching Tammy go through these steps and assisting her in transitioning towards a self-sufficient lifestyle has been, and continues to be, an inspiring and hopeful journey for us here at Love INC. “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all.” 1 Timothy 4:15

6 07, 2015

July Update

By | 2015-07-06T21:38:28+00:00 July 6th, 2015|Update|

Dear Love INC Community, This past Spring I had the privilege of participating in a Lead for Equity conference with some educators from our town.  I was so impressed with the incredible commitment to students I saw demonstrated by the teachers, administrators and parents who attended. At one point in the two-day long conference, a group of educators from Chehalem Valley Middle School (CVMS) sat together to brainstorm ways to close the achievement gap that exists between low income and ethnic minority students and their better resourced classmates. [pullquote align="right" cite="" link="" color="" class="" size=""]Two significant barriers to equity in our schools: lack of supplies, and the need for after school assistance with homework[/pullquote] Principal Karen Pugsley asked a simple question of the group, “What are the barriers to equity in our school?”  I listened intently as the teachers shared their experience with students who struggled to do well in school. The list of barriers was long, but there were two things in particular that stood out to me – lack of supplies, and the need for after school assistance with homework for those students whose parents worked long hours or lacked the education and language skills to help their children succeed. Shortly after this conference, I was reading The Externally Focused Quest by Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw. This book is all about shifting our thinking as pastors and church members from “How can we be the best church in the community?” to asking instead, “How can we be [...]