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Happy New Year!

Thank you for giving so generously to our year end campaign! As a result, we were able to meet our 2016 financial goals.

We are looking forward to seeing what God does to bless our community through our network of partner churches again in 2017!

We're excited to introduce Begin Now, the new name for our Transformation Ministry.

Through Begin Now we offer several classroom environments that teach basic skills - from goal setting, budgeting, to building healthy relationships. These classes are led by church members across many denominations. Our mission is to encourage our participants to begin where they are, use what they have been given, and to move toward an abundant life that is ready to invest in others.

Our Winter 2017 Begin Now session starts on Tuesday, January 31. We will host twelve weeks of evening classes for our clients including: Affirming Potential (Goal Setting), Dollars & Sense (Budgeting), and Boundaries (Healthy Relationships)

See our website for more information and for ways to volunteer.

 
Weather Cancellations

At Love INC we're very careful about our volunteers' safety. When schools are cancelled, we close the Love INC Clearinghouse. We also cancel Begin Now and all scheduled volunteer opportunities.
Love INC's partner churches host Gap Ministries. Each Gap Ministry provides tangible goods to the under-resourced in our community.

In the last year, six of our partner churches collectively gave almost $14,000 to those in need of financial assistance. The Guernsey Foundation provided an additional $5,400. We are happy to consider financial help for a variety of different needs. In 2016 we contributed toward water bills, car repair, home repair, work boots, bus tickets, mattresses, used appliances as well as others.

Those who qualify have a financial need that is at or around $200. If they are approved, Love INC partner churches can help with $100 toward a financial need once per year.
We celebrated this month with a gal who will be graduating from school in the spring. She is 36 years old and on a focused path toward stability. We are thrilled to cheer her on!

She called us last May for help with her water bill. At that time she was working part-time and having a very difficult time paying her bills. As we do with all of our intake conversations, we dreamed with her about what she wanted in her life. She mentioned a 12-month pharmaceutical program she was considering and was hoping to start in the fall of 2015. We helped her with her water bill and we encouraged her to pursue the program - even if she was going to lose some state assistance due to a higher income level, it would surely benefit her in the long run.

Unexpectedly we heard from her again in December. She was asking for help with her water bill and that initially gave us some concern. When we hear from folks who need the same type of assistance we have already recently provided it can sometimes reveal that there has been little change to their circumstances. We asked her about the pharmaceutical program she meant to pursue last year. We were happy to hear she was almost finished! She will intern in the spring (while maintaining her part-time job) and will graduate soon. She needs this short-term financial help to get her through her last semester.

We are happy to help her as she moves forward with her dreams!
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