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WHAT HAS LOVE INC BEEN UP TO IN 2017?
January 1 — July 31
The Love INC Clearinghouse has received 2502 callsfrom people in need!
We have coordinated assistance for 2132 families!
The amount of needs we’ve been able to coordinate assistance for through local churches and agencies is 6394!
That is an average of 710 needs met each month!
Of those 6394 needs, 71% have been met by churches and Christian organizations in the Bakersfield area!
We have more calls coming in than volunteers available to answer them!
Might you consider joining the amazing men and women in our call center?
Many of our volunteers come in once a week for 2-4 hours. We would be honored to have you serve alongside us in this incredible ministry! If you would like more information about volunteering with us, call Love Inc Administrative line at (661) 325-6838. If you are in need of support, please call our Client number at (661) 325-8838. Additionally, if you want to get a better idea of what we do, we welcome you to come tour our offices.
Call to set up a time that is good for you.
We look forward to hearing from you!
IN MEMORY OF CHARLOTTE N. REEVES
Charlotte N. Reeves was born May 22, 1933 in Bakersfield. Her parents were missionaries who’s work brought them to Fruitvale Community Church, now Riverlakes Community Church. As a young woman, Charlotte played the piano for services at the original Fruitvale Community Church. Later, she was a member of the church’s female singing group, The Choralaires. They performed at services, on the radio, and occasionally by request at other church services.
In 1985, her desire to see local churches provide practical help to the poor led her to establish Bakersfield’s Chapter of Love Inc. ( Love, In The Name Of Christ ), a coordinating service to pool church resources and provide aid. Charlotte traveled to Romania twice to work with orphans being cared for by the Christian group, Children to Love. Following her involvement in teaching women’s bible studies, she traveled with a group of women to provide bible teaching to first generation Christian women on Mt. Elgon in Kenya through International Christian Ministries (ICM). She was an avid follower of politics and a mighty prayer warrior! Throughout her life, Charlotte touched many people with the compassion, grace and wisdom born out of many hours of bible study and prayer. She rested upon the words of her life verses, Psalm 37: 3-5 “Trust in the Lord and do good: Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness: Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in him, and He will do it.” Charlotte testified to the fulfillment of this promise during the last years of her life.
Charlotte went into the arms of Jesus September 7, 2017. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to 3 charities, one of which is Bakersfield Love Inc. through PAYPAL below or by mail to: Love Inc, 901 Sacramento St, Bakersfield, CA 93305.
From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in Love, as each part does its work.
The following are a few of the families that have received assistance through coordination of services with various churches in our community.
Maria was off work due to surgery. Her income was reduced, which caused financial difficulty. She contacted us for utility assistance once she received a disconnection notice. After verifying the need, we were able to coordinate resources with a local church and pay her bill.
Jessica is a single mother of two, taking online courses for a degree. She was recently laid off and contacted us for rental assistance. During the intake, we found her to have a very positive attitude. She had already submitted several job applications and was determined to overcome her current situation. So, once again, we were able to coordinate resources and meet her need!
SEPTEMBER 2017 NEWSLETTER
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Love In the Name of Christ, Bakersfield CA
As we approach this Holiday Season, let us
try to remember …..
1 Corinthians 13:13
Three things will last forever Faith, Hope and Love… but the Greatest of these is
LET’S SPREAD IT TO EVERYONE WE ENCOUNTER!
Here at Love INC we get to partner with so many amazing churches and agencies. We’d love to take the time over the next few newsletters to brag on some of our incredible partners! Please take a moment to read this excerpt from Golden Empire Gleaners.
Our mission is to help alleviate hunger and provide food for needy persons of all ages in Kern County. We accomplish this by collecting and distributing food and agricultural products that might otherwise go to waste. Through the help of our referring agencies, we are able to distribute food to needy children, senior citizens, families in crisis, and people who are ill, disabled, homeless or unemployed, and others determined by the Board of Directors to be eligible.
We accomplish this through the following programs:
· Affiliated Agencies – Serves over 100 churches, missions and shelters
· After School – Serves 30 after school and summer programs providing snacks for participating students
· Food for Thought – Serves families of school children at over 115 participating schools
· Harvest Time Agencies – Serves over 70 government agencies and non-profit organizations that identify those in need of emergency food. We also include an opportunity to “Volunteer for food"
· Senior Sack – Serves low-income seniors at 24 sites that include churches and community senior centers