25 02, 2016

Greenhouse for People in Need

By | February 25th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

One of our George Fox University interns, Samantha Read, shared this story of her involvement at Joan Austin Elementary School. Check it out: "I remember as a child being consumed with ideals of play dates with friends, playing make-believe in my room with a collection of costumes and toys, and thoughts about someday becoming famous. At Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg, some children are differing from the thoughts I once had in childhood and are opening their eyes to the needs of their community as 4th and 5th graders. And it’s empowering to witness. Lora and I, current social work students and interns from George Fox University, spent close to an hour at Joan Austin Elementary with student members of the “K-Kids” club. K-kids is a part of the Key Club International Organization and a part of the Kiwanis. This equips students to start serving their local community at an early age and empowers them that age cannot define the ability or quality of service. After sharing a bit about the heart of what Love INC does in the Newberg community, the kids were given free space to share their own ideas of how they could get involved. Some ideas being thrown around included a clothes drive, car washes, and even raising funds to create a greenhouse space next to our Clearinghouse for clients coming in with food needs. The greenhouse would function in partnership with the clearinghouse so clients could pick fresh fruits and veggies while receiving other [...]

20 01, 2016

Holiday Portraits

By | January 20th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

Jeff VanBergen, Owner of Enigma Photography, held holiday portrait sessions again this year for Love INC. It’s becoming a Love INC Christmas tradition! Here’s what Jeff had to say afterwards: “We rented space again at Chehalem Cultural Center to photograph the clients and volunteers of Love INC Newberg. This was our third year and were happy to see first year families still here, but now as volunteers giving back. Go Love INC!”  “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”- 1 Peter 3:3-4

13 01, 2016

Client Feedback

By | January 13th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

At Love INC, we greatly value feedback from our clients. It is always helpful, good or bad, to know how our clients are experiencing the services of our ministry as we look to improve in our ability to minister effectively and compassionately. Below is a nice comment back from a client that motivates us to keep on loving people better. “Thank you. I used to make very good money and my husband recently had a transplant last December. I was laid off in January and when my husband was released to go back to work in April, he too was laid off. We went from having enough with what then seemed like a little extra for name brand shampoos and out to dinner nights and long hot showers to...make it last, shower once a week, and try to keep it under 10 minutes. I needed help today and you gave it. Thank you.” “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”- Matthew 25:35

6 01, 2016

Spirit of Emilie Mission Award

By | January 6th, 2016|Clearinghouse|

During Mission Week each year, Providence Newberg Medical Center honors three employees with their “Spirit of Emilie Mission Inspiration Award” and awards the recipients with a gift of $250 to be donated to an organization they wish to support. One of the honorees this year, Karen Baltz-Gibbs, chose Love INC! We are so honored and grateful that Karen selected Love INC to be the organization of her choice this year. We are also thankful for Providence’s enduring commitment to creating healthier communities. “Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.”- 1 Cor. 11:2

11 11, 2015

Special Request

By | 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!

3 11, 2015

Thrilled to Give Back

By | 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)

29 07, 2015

Thankful Heart

By | 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

13 05, 2015

It Will Be Yours

By | May 13th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

“Rachel” used to be a guest in the Love INC shelter as well as another local shelter. She recently received a Tenant-Based Assistance grant from the Yamhill Community Action Partnership and can now live in an apartment for the first time since 2013. Various gap ministries helped provide linens, non-food items, and kitchen supplies, and referred her to City Outreach of McMinnville for furniture. This experience is a testament to God’s many blessings through answered prayer! Even if it seems like it’s been a long time since the prayer request was first prayed, have patience and know that God will respond. “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” –Mark 11:24

11 03, 2015

An Eight-Foot Fall

By | March 11th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

Former Relational Ministry participant Edward Spanner didn’t know January 29 would be such a memorable day. If anything, he thought it would only be remembered as a simple fishing trip with a good friend. Instead, January 29 was a day of fear and praise. FEAR The two friends were enjoying an uneventful time of fishing when Edward decided he wanted to get closer to the ocean. Despite knowing he wasn’t really supposed to, he crawled out onto a jetty in Yaquina Bay, leaving his friend about 10 yards behind. He went to cast his line but lost his balance. He fell eight feet and landed on the rocks at the water line. Everything was hurting. “I really thought I was going to die,” Edward said. “I yelled loud enough for Ryan to hear me and told him I couldn’t move.” Consciousness was fading and shock was setting in. “Ryan told me I had turned white as mayonnaise,” Edward said. He couldn’t remember if he had hit his head but his neck was definitely hurting. Ryan kept Edward awake as they waited for help to come. The paramedics came but couldn’t get Edward up. “All I could say was, ‘Oh God help me. Oh God help me,’” Edward said. The medics were able to get him on a board, but they couldn’t get him off the rocks. They called the U.S. Coast Guard. Edward said, “Anthony, a medic, was like an angel. He stayed with me and kept telling me, ‘You’re gonna be okay.’” His blood pressure was practically nonexistent [...]

18 02, 2015

The Nutcracker’s Gift

By | February 18th, 2015|Clearinghouse|

The Chehalem Valley Dance Academy’s annual production of The Nutcracker raised money for local organizations this year, including Love INC. Every dollar from ticket sales went to charity. Many audience members attend the performance because they knew their money was going to support good causes. Each organization’s brochures were handed out to patrons before the performance. Love INC brochures were printed for free by Impact PDX. It is so wonderful to see how the community comes together to make Newberg a better place! This year, we received $3,500 from the performance! Every $10 provides $100 worth of goods and services through Love INC. Can you imagine how much the community will be able to do with this? Love INC is incredibly grateful to the Chehalem Valley Dance Academy and all who were involved for their generosity! “And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” –John 1:16