Love INC: Local Partner Spotlight

Each October, The Crossing hosts:
Love INC’s Linking for Love,
a city-wide benevolence ministries event.

Love INC is one of The Crossing’s longstanding local partnerships. As a founding partner, The Crossing provides Love INC with generous monthly financial support and also supplies Love INC with volunteers. Dave Cover and Greg Deline from The Crossing serve on the Love INC board.

The LoveSeat is Love INC’s furniture bank and resale shop where donated furniture and household goods are made available to those in need and offered as incentives to those enrolled in Love INC’s life-skills programs.

Today Love INC was able to provide a single mom with a comfortable bed to sleep in. She had been transitioning from homelessness to her own home, but still needed a bed for herself. After sleeping on the floor for over a month, she was ecstatic to learn she wouldn’t have to anymore!
       –Pat McMurry

Mission:
Love INC assists people who struggle with basic essentials: rent, utilities, transportation and jobs. Love INC serves those seeking assistance without regard for race, gender, faith, etc. Legitimate need is the qualifier.

Love INC provides:

  • triage (assessment of most critical needs)
  • life-skills training
  • furniture/clothing
  • strategic financial assistance
  • help for those reaching out to churches for benevolence

Pray for Love INC:

  • Love INC’s main struggle is keeping up with need/demand.
  • Pray for more volunteers to come along-side to serve people in need.
  • Pray Love INC will have sufficient resources for needs presenting.
  • Pray they will be able to find affordable housing for those in need.
  • Pray also for jobs to be found for people seeking work, especially for those with compromised work history.

Love INC History:
Jane Williams and Pat McMurry founded Love INC in 2008. Columbia’s influx of evacuees from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting church community response revealed a new interest in multi-church benevolence ministry. The Love INC model was explored, a board formed, Love INC USA provided training and several churches made initial resources available to launch the Columbia Love INC affiliate.

Contact Info:
email: office@columbialoveinc.org
phone: 573-256-7662

Love INC Staff:

The Love INC staff team is passionate about serving Christ through their work at Love INC and each members serves sacrificially.

  • Jane Williams – Program Director

     

  • Pat McMurry – Executive Director

     

  • Aaron Harris – Operations Director

     

  • Mike SeSantis – Mobilization Director

     

  • Mary Wardenburg – Office Manager

     

  • Kelli Van Doren – Extra Mile Coordinator

     

  • Sherri Hocket – Store Manager

     

  • Angela Stafford – Warehouse Manager

     

  • Service Coordinators:
    • Cynde Patrick –

       

    • Kim Foster

       

    • Tasha Fisher

Several Love INC staffers attend The Crossing including:

    • Pat McMurry
    • Greg Early
    • Kim Foster

Source: Pat McMurry

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