Love in Abundance

Rating: 4.91 stars   23 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health

Location: 5311 Yorkwood Houston TX 77016 USA

Mission: Love In Abundance works to help students heighten her value of self by increasing her Human Capital (Social, Symbolic, Economic, and Cultural Capitals)
Results: LIA has helped 47 students enter and remain in college. LIA has helped 17 parents enter college for 1st time. LIA is a nominating organization for the Posse Foundation. LIA's founder is the author of the College Must Begin in 8th Grade Literary Series, that will donate 40% to LIA from each project in the series.
Target demographics: Title One and Lower Performing Schools
Direct beneficiaries per year: Approximately 100-150 students per year. LIA nominated our first Posse Foundation Scholar after having recently received the honor of being a nominating organization.
Geographic areas served: Houston and surrounding cities
Programs: College Must Begin in 8th Grade Life and Pre-College Preparatory Program

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Love in Abundance is an amazing organization for young women! Vickie does an excellent job of exposing these young ladies to a variety of areas to help prepare them for success in education and in life. She does a wonderful job of organizing activities to improve their self-confidence and boost their self-esteem. I was truly amazed by their talent during my time with them. I highly encourage that parents involve their young girls in her program!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have known Vickie Gunnells-Hodge for many years! One of the things that I know about her is that she cares! I am very impressed with her work at Love In Abundance! To know Vickie, you have to know that she is a woman of great character; a businesswoman with integrity; a woman with a heart bigger than the state of Texas! What she gives cannot be quantified! I personally witnessed a situation with a young lady that, without the intervention of Love In Abundance, this young lady would be just another lost soul. Another statistic! Thank you Vickie Gunnells-Hodge for what you bring to the table! You bring much love! Actually, you bring love in abundance!!

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Aaaawwww! Thank you so much Robert for your wonderful words. I am humbled and grateful, because this makes the last recommendation needed to assure Love In Abundance is one of the Top-Rated Children & Family Nonprofits for 2012-2013!!! This is going to change the number of people who know about the tireless work performed for our students benefit, and life for me as a bonus! I am indebted to you, though I know you did it from the blessing that is your heart.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Vickie has dedicated her time to these young ladies which is priceless. Time is one thing that we can't get back and when someone chooses to sacrifice time for others you know they are sincere. Her dedication has and will continue to touch the minds of these young ladies and give them the confidence needed to be very productive citizens. The opportunities that they are exposed to will catapult them to the next level. Love and Abundance is great for the community and these young ladies.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you Kaseey for your beautiful words! They will make a huge difference for the students served and those yet to be served. Vickie Gunnells-Hodge

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When I met Vickie at one of our Westchase Biz Zone's workshops, I was filled with joy as she expressed her passion for helping students prep for college and resolving other deficits that our youths are facing today. I highly recommend and support Love in Abundance because the programs are geared to make a postive impact in our youth's future . I want to thank you for stepping out on faith and having the courage to fulfill your mission.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you so very much Theresa for your kind words offered. I truly appreciate them and our little ladies will also.

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had the absolute pleasure of serving the Lovely ladies of Love in Abundance, Inc. These ladies are not only beautiful and brilliant, but there is a light inside each of these ladies that I see. They have added to my life so much, just by being them, that I only want to encourage, Love, uplift and support them throughout their lives. Its a tough world out here, and through organizations like Love in Abundance, Inc., we can illuminate society and help those along the way, as someone helped us along the way in our lives. Thank you ladies for being the jewels that you are!-Jessica

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you Jessica for all that you are and readily extend to our students when requested. You are the light that shines in darkness, so I thank you from the depth of who I am for your willingness to shine your light on our students also. I love you, Vickie

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am from Brasil and work with human people...I am a physician.In my Land is very difficult to do something for someone...but we need to understand the life trough the Gods Eye...we need to fell what a pearson fell when he need and have no way to receive simple things ,like food,like love.like a simple word to became his life better.Hungry need to go away from the life of all people in the world....and only with Love in our hearts we can do that.So...you...yes...you that has so much money ....please ...fell love in your heart ....spread this love and if you have money give a part o put end in hungry....is in your hands.Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado.Action Against hungry. rrmb534@yahoo.com.br-Brasil.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you Dr.Ronaldo Brandão Brochado, Please forgive my delay in responding, but I thought I'd responded previously. I am the one humbled by your willingness to take time from all that you do, that is far less easiest done than anything done through Love In Abundance. We pray your continued success for your endeavors. Thank you for all that you do! Vickie

Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Martin Luther King Jr. said in a parable of the Good Samaritan “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: "If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?" But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: "If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
Vickie takes these words to heart. What will happen to the children if we do not step in to help? This world is full of pitfalls and hazards. It is the training that you gain in your youth that helps you traverse these obstacles to be the person you were meant to be. Children that have not been dealt the best hand in life are at a higher risk of being in a negative situation. The job of a Good Samaritans like Vickie is to help build young people up.
Because she know that you can’t be strong if you’ve never seen strong, and you can’t speak truth if you have not heard true, and there’s no way to give love if you have never known love, or if you’ve never seen the power that love has to create, to transform, empower, and overcome your present situation. Love in Abundance encourages children to greatness, nurtures them to excellence and instructs them on delivering those skills to the world.
The question was: If I stop to help what will happen to me, and what will happen to them? I can tell you for a fact that if we are talking about Miss Gunnells-Hodge and her efforts, the answer to both questions is Love in Abundance.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you so much Andre for your unending support of me and all that I have to do for children who came into the world wanting to know how and wanting to explore everything... but have had some of that spoken or screamed out of them because someone in their life was not fulfilled so they do not know how to fulfill... Thank you for always getting me and why I do what I do!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Love In Abundance digs into the community to help young girls recognize their value in this world,as they realize & execute their potential. Vickie Gunnels-Hodge is making every effort to grow LIA, while helping as many young girls as possible. Thank you Love In Abundance for the loving the girls that otherwise are over-looked or forgotten.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

What Mrs. Vickie-Gunnells Hodge does for under-privileged students is absolutely amazing! It gives every student, no matter their family's financial status, a chance at a great education. All educational resources are accessable to the Love In Abundance student. All students are enlightened on career choices and college majors. Mrs. Hodge makes the college application process much easier for the students lucky enough to be a member of the Love and Abundance family. I am proud to say that I am a part of something so wonderful!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I Have spoken with Vickie about her CAUSE and I really believe inthe facts that Human Potential is our most Valuable Capital Asset. I believe that when we show our youth that Integrity , Truth , Perseverance and Handwork is more valuable then doing things the easy way. Our Society be comes GREAT!!! Ms. Vickie is planting trees that will bear and abundance of fruit and shade. Keep up the Good Works.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My original idea was to hire graduates for the program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would include a real world mentor ship program

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

She was not able to hand out contact information and receive donation at the same time

Why did you make your donation at this time?

It was timely needed

What would you tell others about this organization?

yes

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