19 11, 2014

Newness of God

By | November 19th, 2014|Shelter|

Since reopening, shelter hosts have repeatedly mentioned that there is something special about the shelter, and it isn’t the new furniture layout. Hosts have described the shelter as having “an exciting new feel to it,” “a different place” where the women “seem genuinely motivated to pursue their goals.” We agree and believe wholeheartedly that it’s because the Spirit of God is alive and at work in the shelter, producing hope in the lives of the women staying there. We are excited to share our very first success story: Head Start of Yamhill County recently welcomed back shelter guest “Meredith” as a volunteer! Meredith considers this opportunity an enormous answer to prayer and is eager to get back in the swing of doing what she loves most.  “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”- Isaiah 43:19

29 10, 2014

Blessing in Disguise

By | October 29th, 2014|Shelter|

On October 1st the Newberg Community Shelter was reopened!  It has been a long and difficult process getting to this point, but God has been faithful and we are moving forward with overwhelming community support.  If we hadn’t had these trying circumstances we might not have been able to witness such an amazing display of God’s grace at work in our community. We’ve seen His healing in the abatement of bedbugs, His generous provision in financial and material donations, His wisdom in developing new shelter processes, His impeccable timing with the hiring of our dedicated new Shelter Coordinator, and His abundant love and protection for the women who were temporarily displaced during the renovations. As of October 7th, three women are living in the shelter.  Please pray that these women experience the transforming power of Christ as we invest more deeply in their lives. “For You have tried us, O God; You have refined us as silver is refined.”- Psalm 66:10

1 10, 2014

The Gift of Labor

By | October 1st, 2014|Shelter|

Brian Russo and his youth group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania visited Oregon on a mission trip this month and lent their hands to Love INC clients with various service projects.  They were an immense help, as evidenced by the following comments we received from the people they served: “In the course of the day the students accidentally broke my shovel handle while they were digging in my yard.  Brian wanted to know where the local ACE store was so he could buy me a new one.  I said that it was not necessary!  However, during the day he slipped off and bought a new shovel, hand trimmer and four weed digging tools.  They left all of that with me as a gift.  I was so blown away!” - “Gracie” “The group of eight students that came to my house were amazing, helping me and my husband.  They had our wheelchair porch stained, our wood pile area organized, and our back yard ‘disaster’ whipped into shape. The highlight was having the pathway to our wood pile improved so my husband could more easily make his way out there. Words cannot express what this has meant.” - “Lori” “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”- Hebrews 13:16

13 08, 2014

The Power of Facebook

By | August 13th, 2014|Shelter|

On the night of Monday, July 14th the shelter gals reported to their hosts that the shower rod upstairs was broken. One of the hosts took as easy of an action as one can take; she made a post on the Love INC Facebook page requesting a shower curtain rod! We kid you not, within fourteen minutes of her post, frequent Relational Ministry guest lecturer Esther Frank was knocking on the front door of the shelter with a really nice, heavy shower curtain rod in one hand and a bag of ice cream bars in the other! “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”- Romans 12:11

9 07, 2014

A Hot Day of Service

By | July 9th, 2014|Shelter|

On Tuesday, June 24th 20-25 members from the Church of the Nazarene did a multitude of projects for Love INC and clients. The first major assignment they were tasked with accomplishing was the painting of the upstairs bedrooms and bathroom at the women’s shelter. A throng of people were able to apply several fresh coats of paint in just a few hours! A second group, comprised mostly of strong men, braved the muggy heat in order to erect a brand new fence between the clearinghouse and shelter. About a month earlier the fence had collapsed due to dry rot and years of wear and tear. The last group made various dump runs for clients throughout the community, a huge blessing to all involved.  Many clients seized the opportunity to have volunteers help them clean out their cluttered garages. Because of Church of the Nazarene’s service, Love INC and several homes in Newberg are now more hospitable destinations! “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”- Galatians 6:10

11 06, 2014

God’s Love is Over-Generous

By | June 11th, 2014|Shelter|

Becky, from Family Life Church, wanted to help the women’s shelter after being involved with the church’s annual Big Give. The Big Give is an event that encourages church members to practice overgenerous giving as a community. As a consultant for Thirty One, Becky decided that she could be a blessing through the services her company provided. She and seven of her clients each sponsored a guest at the shelter by giving them an Easter themed tote bag. Contents included: Easter chocolates, coffee gift cards, personal hygiene items, and much more. The shelter guests were truly touched by Becky’s kind gesture; it came as a friendly reminder that God’s love is overgenerous. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”- 2 Corinthians 9:7

12 05, 2014

New Creations

By | May 12th, 2014|Shelter|

If you were to venture into the women’s shelter you would now discover that the living room area looks like a new creation. That’s because New Creations Intl., a furniture company whose owners live in Newberg, re-designed the room by providing a high-quality set of furniture including a leather couch, love seat, chair, and ottoman. The easy to clean and fresh smelling collection is unlike anything the shelter has ever had available for our clients and hosts. Thanks to New Creations, the primary living space for our shelter guests is now the most comfortable, relaxing room in the house.  It’s a place where friends can enjoy each other’s company with fun-filled activities or conversation. “My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” – Isaiah 32:18

23 04, 2014

New Furnace and Water Heater in the Shelter

By | April 23rd, 2014|Shelter|

The water heater and furnace at the women’s shelter became a much talked about issue throughout winter. With up to 10 shelter guests cooped up inside the house, every clunky noise made or hot shower cut short left the ladies a little cranky at times. And the higher energy bills weren’t gladly welcomed by the staff either. Love INC knew it was time to consider replacing the ancient and ineffective appliances, but where would the funds come from? Last month Love INC was notified that the City of Newberg, having recently received funds from NAHTF (National Affordable Housing Trust), would be listening to a series of proposals from local non-profits for development projects. The Early Bird Rotary Club of Newberg was also dispersing funds for community projects for those interested. Love INC quickly jumped at the opportunity, pitched the replacement of the water heater/furnace at the shelter, and left the rest up to God. We soon learned that we were the proud recipients of both funds! Having heard our cry for new appliances, God then answered our prayers with Hampton Plumbing to install our newly purchased water heater and a crew from Vanguard Electric and Husky Heating to set up the furnace. Thanks to their time and labor, the shelter now has new, energy efficient products that will save us money! “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”- Philippians 4:19

16 04, 2014

Community Breakfast at the Shelter

By | April 16th, 2014|Shelter|

A small group from Newberg Foursquare Church has decided to begin hosting a breakfast banquet for guests staying at the women’s shelter every second Saturday of the month. The first, which took place earlier this month, happened during the tail end of the great snowstorm of 2014. After enjoying a community snowball fight, members of the small group were able to enjoy good conversation and delicious food with the shelter ladies around NFC’s cozy fireplace. A charitable gathering such as this is an excellent way for Christians to step out and reach their community with the love of Christ. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”- Hebrews 13:16

19 03, 2014

Strides Toward Self-Sufficiency

By | March 19th, 2014|Shelter|

The Love INC women’s shelter recently witnessed an exodus of several long time guests. Katrina, who had been a mainstay at the shelter, moved out a month ago and now works as a care provider for an individual in the local area.  Brenda, along with her three children, was able to procure an apartment in McMinnville and moved in two weeks ago with the help of her Love INC mentor.  Her oldest daughter is looking for work while the other two are enrolled in school. Jennifer also moved to McMinnville and rooms with Brenda. To help with rent, she works part-time as a caregiver for a local in-home care company. All three of these guests have been excited to wrap up the shelter chapter of their lives and are elated to be making significant strides towards self-sufficiency. We are proud to have walked alongside them as they've worked towards the goal of finding their own places and means to provide for themselves. “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”-Deuteronomy 31:8