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!

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)

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

13 05, 2015

It Will Be Yours

By | 2015-05-13T20:56:57+00:00 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 | 2015-03-11T20:22:42+00:00 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 | 2015-02-18T20:02:34+00:00 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

17 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Blessings

By | 2014-12-17T06:41:58+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Once again Love INC was reminded of the thoughtful nature of our community when we were brought leftovers from the C.S. Lewis Thanksgiving Luncheon. We love that their instant reaction was to share when attendees found themselves with an excess of warm, delicious food.  Love INC was able to locate an elderly neighbor to receive the extra food, who reacted with grateful tears and words of thankfulness. We love being reminded of how blessings can occur when we least expect them. It never ceases to inspire us as we continue to see the way generosity has a tendency to trickle down from person to person. We are thankful!  “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.”- Romans 15:2

26 11, 2014

Fire of God

By | 2014-11-26T06:58:30+00:00 November 26th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A recent post from our Client Services Manager: After returning from coffee with my pastor this morning, where I had shared about all the neat things God does through my workplace, I was met by a single mom of a five-year-old boy whose apartment had just burned down. Even though she had lost all of her material belongings, she seemed to rest in the knowledge that she and her son were at least safe and able to take up temporary residence with a relative. As I navigated through ways we could help her, she made a request for toys and books for her son, becoming visibly upset as she spoke. I, too, became overwhelmed. Last night I had decided that my son’s room had amassed too many items and some of them just had to go. My wife and I, with our OCD in full swing, chucked as many bags of stuff into her SUV as we could. The plan was for her to take the items to a thrift store sometime during the week because Love INC doesn’t distribute children’s toys. God apparently had other plans in mind. My wife needed my car to drive to Corvallis that day so I headed off to work in her car. While meeting with the single mom I immediately remembered my son’s toys/books and led her out to my car.  I let her have whatever she wanted. She was so pleased to take mostly everything and was especially grateful for a children’s [...]

22 10, 2014

Pretty in Pink

By | 2014-10-22T06:50:13+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Clearinghouse|

Last week our Wednesday receptionist, Terri, called one of our Hispanic clients to let her know that she could come in and get one of our smaller bikes with training wheels for her son.  The client ended up coming in with her younger daughter, who was brought along in order to try the bike on for size. Once in our garage, the little girl honed in on an even smaller pink bike that we hadn’t found a home for yet.  Terri couldn’t say no to the little girl’s newfound attachment and gave both bikes away to the family.  Terri reported back to us that it made her day to watch her ride it down the sidewalk to their car. “After all, [God]’s famous for great and unexpected acts; there’s no end to his surprises.” – Job 5:9

24 09, 2014

When Your Children Ask You for Lemons

By | 2014-09-24T06:20:27+00:00 September 24th, 2014|Clearinghouse|

A mom and her bustling quiver of four kids visited the clearinghouse earlier this month to make a generous donation.  In a very polite manner, each of the children explained to the receptionist that they had, under their own accord, held a lemonade stand in order to generate proceeds for Love INC.  After their brief explanation, a representative of the family stepped forward with an envelope in hand. Written in bold and spanning the entire face of the envelope was the amount $7.85! The next time children ask you if they can hold a lemonade stand and donate their earnings to others, encourage them to do so and help them see it through! “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!”- Psalm 127:3-5