“Casey” is a young man who is a newer client of Love INC. We had given him a bike to get back and forth to work, for which he was extremely grateful. His bike ended up needing some minor repairs, so he took it to the bicycle shop here in Newberg to see what they could do for him on his limited budget. They pointed out that the bike he had really wasn't the best for his body type, and suggested he get a different bike. When he told the store that he had gotten the bike from Love INC, they gave him a new bike free of charge! They even generously fixed up the used bike and donated it back to the bike ministry. “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.” - Deuteronomy 15:7–8
When our volunteer receptionist was checking voicemails on Monday, there was a message from “Regina” (a client), saying she just moved to a new place and has "not a stitch of furniture." Since there isn’t a furniture ministry currently, the volunteer knew she would have to call Regina back to try to refer her to another organization that might be able to help her get furniture at a low cost. But the very next message she checked was a donor saying they have a bunch of furniture to donate if we have someone who could use it. We were able to connect the two of them with each other and now some much needed furniture is on its way to Regina. God's timing is so amazing! “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
"Bruce" came into Love INC for an intake at the beginning of October; he had just been released from prison and was participating in the Helping Hands program. But he needed some help finding resources, so that's why he came to Love INC. His main needs were transportation and prayer to find a job. Thankfully, we could help with both! Bruce received a bike voucher to pick up a bike, along with some bus passes and was added to the weekly prayer e-mail sent to Love INC volunteers. (Click here to sign up to receive them!) We just called him recently, only to find out Bruce had in fact found a job! He is now working at a manufacturing company that is walking distance from where he is staying. Bruce says he is so thankful for all that YOU have done to help him. Thank you for partnering with us to help answer prayers! “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”- Hebrews 13:16
Rock Point Church is happy to announce that they will be supporting a new Gap Ministry, Loads of Hope! They will provide free laundry service at Newberg Coin Laundry once a month. How did this ministry begin? "This summer, I [Lisa] shared my interest in starting a laundry ministry with my friend, Julie, and she was very enthusiastic. She immediately went to work contacting the laundromat owner and networking with a church who has held laundry nights in the past." Lisa and Julie's passion quickly caught on with the leadership at Rock Point Church. They enthusiastically agreed to sponsor the ministry to make it an official Gap Ministry so recipients can access all of the other resources available in the community through local churches. "As moms we both do a lot of laundry and we felt it was a simple, realistic way we could help our community. Being able to meet new people and build relationships by addressing a need that isn't going to change someone's life but might offer a little relief to people in a difficult situation has been humbling and is an honor." God is working in our community not only to meet needs, but also to build relationships that will lead everyone involved back to him! "Our hope is that through Loads of Hope we will continue to build and strengthen relationships with our new friends, keep sharing Christ's love with them through encouragement and prayer and connect them to other resources in the community."
Free showers for the community will begin in November thanks to the generosity of local churches! Here's a message from Pastor Matt of River Street Church of God announcing the good news: We can’t do it alone. No congregation can, nor should. I think we often get caught up in wanting the PR opportunity when we’re doing something good. Maybe it will attract visitors and grow our church, we think. But Jesus’ upside-down kingdom cares not for such vainglory. He called us to work together—to launch into the darkness of the world arm-in-arm. And so, when Love INC moved last year, losing the capability to offer showers to our community, our church started looking for partners to help us put a shower in our building. It didn’t take long. Within a month a group had pulled together to make a shower happen. Habitat for Humanity offered to install the shower at-cost. Chehalem Presbyterian Church became financial partners. Patrons will be able to use personal care kits provided by Grace Baptist. And Love INC helped us apply for grants and think through the logistics. With the team assembled, we set to raising the money needed. It took a while, but we got there in May. Habitat began the work then and over the course of the last few months we’ve been doing all that we could to get the shower ready for use. Now we’re just a few weeks away from being ready to open. We’re excited for the opportunity to [...]
As access to affordable housing has continued to be a top need in the Newberg community Love INC has been engaged in conversations with local churches over the past several months about what specifically they can be doing to help. We are excited to announce that Hillside Fellowship is the second church, in what we hope will be many more to come, to partner with us to address housing needs. They focus exclusively on the 18-30 year-old young adults in our community who need a place to “rest, heal and grow.” Their transitional program, Hillside Inn, has been operating similarly to the Love INC shelter and so it is a natural fit for us to begin collaborating deeper with one another. Hillside Inn will serve as a referral for Love INC clients and Hillside guests will have better access to Love INC services and resources. Together, we will be continuing to do our part to provide housing opportunities for young adults and single women in the community through a Christian environment. As Hillside has come on board we have received a generous financial donation from Northside Community Church to strengthen both existing shelter services. Red Hills Church also continues to provide the Love INC shelter’s house free of charge! Pastor Jeff Getsinger (Northside) and Pastor Shane Crawford (C3) have been working closely with Heath Placek (Love INC ED) in the larger vision of our initiative which is to see other churches meet the unaddressed areas of homelessness in Newberg. Stay [...]
We had a client come in who has just gotten out of a violent domestic relationship. She is homeless, staying for the time with a friend of a friend. She has four kids and is trying to find a job and a place to live. To say the least, she has a lot that she is dealing with. A volunteer told her about the dinners the churches have throughout town each night and was surprised when she noticed that tears were quietly streaming down her face. The volunteer wasn't sure what she had said....and asked if she was okay while getting her some Kleenex. She said, "These dinners. I am never sure what to do for my kids for dinner." She feels like she's imposing on her friend and is unable to use his kitchen. Of all of the things the Church could offer, helping her feed her children is the one thing that she needed the most. Sometimes we forget that this great work is impacting real people who are struggling through the hardest, most tender and vulnerable moments of their lives. They need Jesus and his People to lean upon. ”God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1
The bike ministry is back! First Presbyterian Church has generously offered to distribute the bikes refurbished by the Retired Recyclers out of their church building. We are so grateful for this new partnership!
This past week the drop in center heard from several people who have been helped by Love INC in the past. They used to be regulars, in fact! Last week, "Cal" came in to the office to say hello. He reported that he is staying at a place in town and that he is happily working now. Praise God! Similarly we heard from "Donny" who stopped by to say hi as well and tell us that he is now working at a nearby farm. So happy to hear! Not long after those two updates, we received a call from "Mark" down in California, where he had traveled for work. He was hospitalized for a little bit due to an infection, but is feeling much better now. He wanted to let us know where he was and that he was doing well! It is incredibly humbling to be a witness of God's work, and these updates meant so much to us. We are honored to see these individuals where they are now. God places His hand on people to heal and restore them everyday, and when we are able to witness this, we grow closer to Him as well.
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