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CLEARINGHOUSE OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
We're excited to announce that starting in 2017 our phones will be open for requests for assistance Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to noon!

Until this time our Clearinghouse has only been available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Starting in January we will expand our hours in an effort to be more available to our community in need of assistance and to our partner churches.
CHRISTMAS STORES
We're promoting three different Christmas Stores hosted by our partner churches this December.

Christian Community Developers have found that the opportunity for families and parents to purchase their own gifts at an affordable rate helps provide dignity at Christmastime.

At these Christmas stores, participants will use their own money to purchase gifts at 80% off their retail price.

If you or members of your church would like to donate gifts or would like to volunteer at any of these stores, you can find more information on our website.
CLOSING FOR THE HOLIDAYS
We will be closing our Clearinghouse and GAP ministries during the last two weeks of December. Love INC is not an emergency service and this is an effort to allow our partner churches and volunteers extended time to rest and celebrate the holiday.

Our last day for receiving calls in the Clearinghouse is Wed, Dec. 14. We will attempt to meet the needs of our clients prior to Dec. 16.

If you need to point someone to an organization or agency during the time we're closed, a resource page will be available on our website. We will re-open again on Tuesday, January 3.
 


TRANSFORMATION MINISTRY VOLUNTEER GATHERING

Join us on Tuesday, January 17 from 6:30-7:30 (location TBD) to learn more about volunteering in our Transformation Ministry for our 2017 Winter Session.

This event is open to both current and new Transformation Ministry volunteers.

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, contact Alejandra at alejandra.huesca@loveinccv.org.

 
Love INC's partner churches host Gap Ministries. Each Gap Ministry provides tangible goods to the under-resourced in our community. In the Love INC Clearinghouse we schedule appointments for clients to get what they need at our Gap Ministries.

In the last year, three of our partner churches collectively gave away just over 200 fuel-only cards and sets of bus passes to those with qualified transportation needs. These are provided to those who are: starting a new job, have an upcoming medical appointment, social services appointment, or a Love INC appointment.

Transportation is a barrier for many under-resourced households. It can be especially difficult for people to get to ongoing medical appointments in Iowa City or Rochester. These ministries help meet that need in a difficult time.
We got a call from a man whose wife is suffering from many medical conditions. She recently experienced a fall and is now wheelchair bound and requiring consistent care. As a result, he is taking unpaid leave from his full-time job to care for her. Together they are raising four children.

After hearing their story, Love INC was able to come alongside this family in a variety of different ways. Initially we helped with gas cards to alleviate the financial burden of traveling frequently to Rochester for ongoing medical appointments. In addition, other Gap Ministries helped with medical supplies, a meal for Thanksgiving and an invitation to a Christmas Store for gifts this holiday season.

As families in our community are met with difficult circumstances like this, it's a privilege to see the body of Christ come together, through Love INC, to listen, encourage, pray and remind them of God's presence in their lives.

 
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