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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Counseling, Mental Health, Single Parent Agencies, Youth Development - Citizenship

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

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

1 Robert67

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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VickieGH 11/09/2012

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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VickieGH 11/07/2012

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

1 Theresa A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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VickieGH 11/02/2012

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

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VickieGH 03/08/2014

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

2 rrmb534

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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VickieGH 03/08/2014

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

3 Andre G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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VickieGH 10/23/2012

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

3 Radha P.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.