Love In The Name Of Christ
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818 26th Avenue Fairbanks AK 99701 USA
Mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the name of christ. Local churches come together as a network. It is a cooperative partnership that enables churches to make a lasting impact on individuals, families, and children in need.
The clearinghouse is the foundation of love inc. Volunteers in the clearinghouse screen requests for help for extent of need and legitimacy and refers the request to a local church ministry, church volunteer, or community agency (to avoid service duplication). Through clearinghouse referrals, church volunteers are given opportunities to meet practical needs of the poor and needy in the fairbanks north star borough without regard to race, creed or religion. In 2014, the clearinghouse received 695 requests for help; 126 needs were referred to agencies and 287 needs referred to churches and love inc programs. Church volunteers deliver food boxes, shop and clean for shut-ins, pay for emergency rent, utilities and medical prescriptions, provide gratis counseling services, medical and dental care and so much more!
limited public transportation, a harsh climate and long distances between places of business all contributed to the development of the transportation department. Love inc is the only source of free, door-to-door rides in fairbanks. Since its' inception in 1992 through december of 2014, the transportation program has provided 75,500 rides. In 2014 the transportation department provided 1,166 rides to area citizens through this program. Clients must be first referred to the program through the clearinghouse. Love inc coordinates the ride schedules with volunteers who have set aside one day per week, either a morning or an afternoon, to be available to give rides. Additional rides are provided through church volunteers for clients whose needs didn't fit the eligibility criteria for a program referral.
thanksgiving food box deliveries and meals: each year, the local food bank prepares hundreds of special holiday food boxes with turkey and all the trimmings. Each year love inc provides deliveries of those food boxes to families who lack transportation and means to pick up their own food. Love inc also interviews and selects up to three dozen seniors for home cooked thanksgiving meals delivered to their door, warm and ready to eat! In 2014, 16 seniors received home cooked meals and other seniors had their food boxes delivered to them so that they could prepare the meal on their own. The create-a-gift bazaar: since 1991, the create-a-gift bazaar has been providing a means for teaching crafts to people from all parts of the community. Low-income families are able to provide christmas gifts to their families for no cost. In 2014 approximately 500 individuals attended to include low-income families. The others paid a nominal $10 per person or $40 per family entrance fee. In 2014, 167 volunteers helped the attendees make quality craft items to give as gifts for christmas. Adopt-a-family: churches, civic groups, and businesses "adopt" carefully chosen families needing help at christmas. The families in this program are referred into the program. This is not an assistance that a client can request. Referrals are gathered from school counselors, church pastors and from the love inc clearinghouse. The chosen families are interviewed to find out about their needs-things that would benefit the family such as groceries, fuel, clothing, household needs, etc. As well as "fun" ideas for the kids. Each group, upon being "matched" with a family, are provided with their customized list of needed items and ideas on the most beneficial ways to help each family. In 2014, 50 families including 63 adults and 143 children and six group homes were blessed at christmas through the adopt-a-family program by 46 sponsors. Santa's helpers: volunteers collect new & used toys from the community using drop off locations. In conjunction with the fairbanks community food bank, 236 needy families, including 354 adults and 607 children, received food boxes and toys for children in time for christmas.
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