Love INC – Heartland (the INC stands for "Love In the Name of Christ"). Our local Love INC is an affiliate of Love INC, a national organization. Love INC started in Holland, Michigan thirty years ago. It is now a national movement with over 120 affiliates in thirty states. Our local Love INC began about four years ago.
Last year our Love In the Name of Christ office served requests from 739 adults and 458 children. Over 2,600 volunteer hours went into serving needs in our community. Many people received a warm coat, a hand made blanket or their first bed. Hearts and lives are warmed in our community everyday through the volunteers of Love INC Heartland.
Love INC Heartland is a neighbor helping neighbor organization. We partner with 19 churches representing nine denominations in our communities. Each day many people call for help. We direct people to agencies that can meet their needs. Love INC’s office is a clearing house directing people to help. Many times there is not an organization in place to help for certain needs.
It is difficult for churches to know how to respond when people come to them seeking help. Love INC works with the neighbor in need and investigates to validate that the need is true. As stewards of the many gifts of time, talent and goods that are donated from our generous community we are careful to insure that the needs are valid before we help with our resources. The neighbor in need is then connected with the many ministries our local churches have created to help. We have furniture, clothing, bedding, back to school supplies, foster care kits, holiday food and gifts, and numerous other ministries in place. Our volunteers from the local churches lend a hand to neighbors that could use a hand up. We do not just give hand outs it is a hand in hand ministry designed to connect people in our community through the Love of Christ, and that’s free!
Love INC is not an emergency assistance agency, and we do not give away cash. Rather we are designed to mobilize the church to help meet needs of neighbors. Volunteers in the churches receive a lot in return. Volunteers report how moved they were to give a child his first bed. Neighbors tell us they are overwhelmed by the love and care that they received through our volunteers. Our community is transforming through reaching out to each other. We area ready and willing to help anyone that we can, there are no special requirements. We come in the name of Christ, and serve absolutely anyone just as He would.
The area social service agencies have been very grateful we are here there are so many things they cannot help with, so they call on us and we help fill in the gaps. We are continually getting calls and letters from the grateful social workers, and families who we help. All this is not possible with out your donations; items such as clothing, furniture, finances, and friends make it all possible.
If you would like to get involved or know someone in need please contact our office at 763-972-6547.
Faith Community Church
Christ Lutheran Church
Montrose United Methodist Church
Peace Lutheran Church
Board of Directors
Sara Triplett - Chair
Tiffany-Ann Gorton - Vice Chair
Lark Ahlstrom - Treasurer
Angie Christians - Secretary
*If you are interested in joining the board, please contact the Love INC office.