Housing

Two couples who are clients of Love INC have recently purchased homes!

"Ron" and "Meg" came to Love INC just 9 months ago. They were staying in an RV with their two young children and were looking for help getting housing. The Relational Ministry Money Management class was starting just two days after they did their intake and they jumped right in.

In that class they learned how to better manage their money and with changes they made in their lives, along with the help Love INC gave them through our Money Match program, they were soon able to purchase a home!

They've continued in Relational Ministry and have now completed three of our classes, with plans to take their final class this fall.

"Eve" and "Yanis," along with their two little girls, came to Love INC just two months ago, looking for help with financial struggles. They were given vouchers for several of Gap Ministries, then they started right into the Relational Ministry Money Management class that started just three days after their intake.

With the help you gave them, along with implementing the principles they learned in Money Management, they have been able to finally cross the last hurdles they needed to complete to be able to purchase a house.

They're just waiting for the final inspection and paperwork to be signed before they can move in.

You are a part of these families' beautiful stories. Thank you for making the funds and programs available to help families such as these.

In just two months you helped “Matt” and “Christy” go from homeless to self-sufficient!

Matt and Christy are a young couple with a baby who came to Love INC recently, in need of help with just about everything. They were "couch surfing" with a friend, didn't have jobs, and weren't able to get jobs because they didn't have ID's or the means to pay the fees to get them.

Several of you, through our partner churches, helped them with things like bikes, personal care items, bus passes, Non-Food Pantry items, diapers and clothes for their baby, and laundry service. Other community partners also helped by providing free counseling and physical therapy sessions (thanks to George Fox University) and free eye exams and glasses for both of them (thanks to VSP Global Eyes of Hope).

You also helped us pay for their new identification cards!

All of these small steps led to a giant hand up for Matt, Christy and their precious baby boy.

They contacted us this week to let YOU know that Matt now has a job and they have become self-sufficient! Thank you for your generosity and allowing God to orchestrate all of these positive changes for this lovely young couple!

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9

Hillside Inn

We received a note from a former volunteer praising the Hillside Inn, and we just had to share it!

“I just wanted to tell you that because of your resource list, when I was training to become a volunteer, I became acquainted with Hilllside Inn, and my 22-year-old son became a resident there last month.  It's been a real blessing and we have to thank Love INC!!!

As you may know, Hillside is the Victorian purple house on Main St across from the NW Fish Market.  It's operated by Hillside Church, which meets in the small stone church there.  The goal is to help young people who are in transition and need to regroup.  They don't take serious addicts or serious criminal offences.  They do offer light structure and mentoring. People can stay for up to a year.  They pay about $500 in rent and expenses.

I really recommend it!”

So do we!

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I Feel Like I’ve Been Saved: Dawn’s Successful Graduation from the TLP

When we first met “Dawn,” her life was unstable and chaotic. She was staying at friend’s houses or hotels while trying to find a job to keep her and her children’s lives afloat. When she had to give her children up to the foster care system, she knew it was time to get some help.

Once Dawn was admitted into the Transitional Living Program (TLP), she felt immediate relief. Melanie, the Transitional Living Coach, was able to give her realistic goals to be able to get her back on her feet again.

“I didn’t have anybody to help me before, Melanie gave me hope. I had a sense of purpose.”

When Melanie saw Dawn’s drive to not only get her life back on track but to regain custody of her children, she knew exactly who would be the best mentor for Dawn. Kim has a similar story and has been successfully living on her own with her children since leaving the shelter almost three years earlier.

With Melanie and Kim by her side, in just six months Dawn was able to find and keep a job, save enough money to move into her own house and is well on her way to getting her kids back. Praise God!

When asked how her relationship with God was before and after her time in the TLP, “I was kind of close to God, but now I’m reading my Bible more and I’m much closer to Him. I feel like I’ve been saved” she said with tears in her eyes.

While Dawn is on her way to independence and financial freedom, she knows that she still has Melanie, Kim and all the staff and volunteers at Love INC as her support. “While Dawn thinks that I inspire her, it’s actually the opposite. She inspires and motivates me every day” Kim noted. “She can’t escape us!”

Dawn has a special message for every volunteer and donor who made this journey possible: “thank you for helping me walk through this part of my life. I look forward to what happens next.”

“For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong. Your restoration is what we pray for.” -2 Corinthians 13:9 (ESV)

 

UPDATE

We wanted to give you another praise-worthy update from Dawn’s story last week:

The same day that Dawn gave us a list of all the furniture and other items she needs for her new apartment, another client called wanting to donate many of the same items she needs.

We were able to connect the two of them, and a team of volunteers from Newberg Christian Church is going to help facilitate the movement of the furniture from the other client's storage unit!

Caleb Finds Shelter

“Caleb” is a young man who found himself homeless and came in to do an intake last Thursday. The intake volunteer noted that he is very intelligent and really seemed to want to better his situation.

He came back into the office a week later to tell us he got a job and is also moving into Helping Hands tonight to begin their program!

He was so thankful for the help YOU and our local churches gave him, and is excited to start his new job.

“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.”  – Psalm 90:17

God Saw Brenda’s Need and Met It in Amazing Ways.

“Brenda” was forced to move out of her home for several months due to flooding, all the while her husband was suffering from dementia and going downhill quickly.

Right before the work on her home was complete and ready to move in, her husband was sent to a care facility. Brenda had no one to help her move.

At that same time the Youth Pastor from North Valley Friends church contacted our office looking for a service project for his middle school students. When Brenda came into our office looking for assistance, we knew God had provided the perfect opportunity.

God’s timing couldn’t have been more perfect when the youth group was only available on April 14th. Right after the move in day was scheduled, Brenda’s son found himself available and called her to say “How about we make April 14th move-in day?”

 “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” - Lamentations 3:25-26

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“Roger” had been homeless for seven years, but he found hope when he found a job!

We received a call one morning just as we were opening to hear that Roger found a job, but there was one problem.... he needed non-slip work shoes. This was a necessity, since his new job was in a restaurant.

He was able to make it down to our office, where YOUR donations were able to provide help to get shoes in time.

Ramiro was so thankful and said that he wants to help volunteer at Love INC to help other families in need! He will also be taking advantage of the multitude of church ministries that will supply his apartment when he gets one.

He loves Jesus with all his heart and had a smile from ear to ear to prove it.

Your work is making stories like Roger’s possible. Thank you for loving our community In the Name of Christ.

"There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor" - Deuteronomy 15:11 -