16 09, 2015

God Does Provide!

By | 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 [...]

1 09, 2015

Reconciliation

By | 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 | 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 | 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

15 07, 2015

Fruition

By | 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 | 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

25 03, 2015

Moving Forward

By | March 25th, 2015|Shelter|

“Linda,” a guest at the women’s shelter, has been volunteering for two years at a childhood education program. Although it was a wonderful experience for her, she desired a stable income. Recently, a woman at her church connected her with a new job—a paid position at a daycare. “I finally found something that’s a paying job so I can start saving my money towards getting my own place,” Linda said, bubbling with happiness. “I’m supposed to be getting another job at [a local hotel] as a housekeeper, too!” She says she really likes her new job since it is exactly what she wants to do. She is benefiting greatly from this new role—it has provided renewed joy and purpose as well as financial stability. “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” –Psalm 84:11

25 02, 2015

God’s Present Hand

By | February 25th, 2015|Shelter|

God often uses “coincidences” to surprise us with his blessings and provision. Sometimes we don’t even noticed when these blessings happen. Other times, God’s hand in the matter is unquestionable. A married couple was scheduled to host at the shelter one night but their son’s high fever kept them from coming. While someone was checking in shelter guests, two of her friends from church showed up. They were under the impression they were scheduled to host that night. Thanks to this “coincidental” misunderstanding, the shelter had hosts and the situation was stress-less! “The heavens are telling of the glory of God, and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands.” –Psalm 19:1

23 02, 2015

An Accomplished Project

By | February 23rd, 2015|Shelter|

After several months of planning and construction, the Love INC women’s shelter has a new bathroom! The project first started in August with a meeting with the Home Builders Foundation, and concluded in December. Love INC has been wanting this addition for over a year, so it is such a blessing to have the project completed. Shelter guests are also excited to have the beautiful new bathroom. While the rest of the construction projects are still underway, Love INC is happy to see progress. Love INC is looking forward to completing the next set of projects on the floors, cabinets, counters, and more!  “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” –Psalm 127:1

24 12, 2014

Hard Work Pays Off

By | December 24th, 2014|Shelter|

A concerted effort has been made by Love INC in the past several months to take greater strides in addressing unemployment in our community. Our newly introduced Work Worth class being offered through Relational Ministry is an example of these efforts being realized. We hope that by leaning into education and the provision of adequate work resources for people that we will see an increase in job performance, job satisfaction, and job opportunities amongst our clients. The intensified focus has already yielded some exciting results. We posted our first shelter success story last month, highlighting shelter guest “Meredith’s” volunteer work through Head Start of Yamhill County. Since then, two other shelter residents have made progress in their job searches; “Elisa” started a new job working in a care home for the elderly and “Sherry” had her first job interview after searching for just a few days! “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”- Psalm 90:17