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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Love Never Fails International, Inc. (LNFI) is a non-profit organization that exists to glorify God by providing a “hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children. The primary work of Love Never Fails International (LNFI) is after school mentoring programs known as Love Never Fails After-School (LNFAS). These programs allow elementary and middle school children a safe place to spend their afternoon school hours free of cost for their families. Currently, LNFI operates after school programs in three Fort Worth ISD (FWISD) elementary schools and one middle school. LNFAS serves approximately 60 at-risk children at each site. In order to provide students with the most individualized attention possible, they are divided into small groups of 10-12 students for their daily activities. LNF After-School programs operate four days a week; Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm at their elementary school sites; Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 4:30 to 6:30 pm at their middle school site.

Results: What is the impact of LNF!? Child poverty costs the nation nearly $500 billion every year. We realize that the statistics are daunting, but an investment in our programs is the start of ending the cycle of poverty in America. No matter what our children may be facing, they are the leaders of tomorrow and their potentials are greater than their circumstances. The 2014-2015 was an incredible year, full of BIG changes for all of our programs. We served over 160 children as a first-year Full-Provider for Fort Worth ISD. The following results are calculated based on the number of children who attended the program at least 70% of the year: • Student Attendance for both campuses was 86% this year – which translates to show that of all students served, 141 students came every day! • LNFI Academic Assessment based on our curricula helped improve students’ scores in science, social studies, reading and math by an overall 13.4%! • 125 total teacher involvement hours • 537 total volunteer mentor hours • Nearly 140 students improved in their conduct grades on their final report cards! Most importantly we saw overwhelming changes in our children. We saw students transform into student body presidents, basketball captains and math-a-letes from angry, secluded and broken children. LNF attests that the development of character is the ultimate measure of success of our programs. We use student assessments, mentor and staff reporting, school discipline records and teacher observations to analyze each child’s behavior enhancement. We know that good conduct reduces high-risk behaviors that strengthen the individual, their school, family and community. LNF will always have a strong focus on character building and mentoring, as this is key to fulfilling our mission: Love Never Fails International exists to glorify God by providing “a hand up, not a hand out” to at-risk and impoverished children through positive, caring relationships and educational support.

Target demographics: At-risk and impoverished children, ages 8 - 16.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for LNFI in 2014/2015 as a mentor in their after-school programs. What I love about this organization is its commitment to changing the lives of at-risk children by giving “a hand up not a hand out.” The staff and volunteers they have working in the programs are phenomenal. They are wonderful role models who carry out the vision of LNFI by building a positive relationship with each child. They give of their time, energy and heart. They are committed to seeing each child gets the attention and assistance they need not only academically, but socially, emotionally and spiritually as well. LNFI is definitely an organization that demonstrates God’s unfailing love. Mentoring in their after-school program was truly a life changing experience for me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a one-on-one mentor at LNFI for 5 years now and my mentee has changed my life! I have seen them grow through their ups and downs. It is the most rewarding experience I have been a part of. There are so many LNFI children in need of a positive, caring adult role model. I recommend this program and hope you will sign-up to be a part in some way! Love Never Fails

Volunteer

Rating: 4

You will not find people that love children more than the Love Never Fails staff. I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LNFI is the perfect setting to touch the hearts and minds of at-risk children. I'm a first year program director, yet I've already seen dramatic changes in my kids. The joy is evident when they walk in the room. The children know that they are coming into a safe and loving environment. It is an honor to work with these kids; and being able to tell them how important and exceptional they are is amazing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a program director for Love Never Fails International at one of the elemetary schools where we work. I have got to witness firsthand the growth of these children as a result of the mentoring, tutoring, and love they receive each week. It is a deeply rewarding thing to watch a child come out of his or her shell, begin to open up, and blossom right in front of your eyes.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have mentored the children in one of the elementary schools in the LNFI program and have found it very rewarding. These children respond well to the structured and loving environment provided by LNFI. They learn to accept responsibility for their actions and begin to treat others as they want to be treated. The LNFI program rewards their responsible actions with activities the children look forward to such as trips to local businesses and other events. The result is improved grades and a more loving interaction with the other children and the members of their families. These children crave the love and acceptance they receive from LNFI mentors and their lives are truly changed for the better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with or volunteered with "at risk" children and teens for 25 years. I recently moved to the Fort Worth area and found Love Never Fails International. I am so impressed with the work being done in elementary schools and with the quality of the staff and other volunteers. I believe that this organization can truly impact children and teens in a very positive way and I am thrilled to be a part of that process.

Each day, the group is well supervised. As a volunteer, I know what is expected of me. There are plenty of volunteers to help each child. The sharing and journaling time have good thought provoking questions and the discussion time is helpful. The children respond very well and have a good time.

The staff is consistant with leadership and discipline, and they genuinely love the children.

I am a newcomer, but I am looking forward to a long association with Love Never Fails International.

Pearce E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served as community service coordinator for a college organization in the spring semester, 2011, and wanted to expand our project base. I came across Love Never Fails International, who already has deep connections with student volunteers at TCU. The Executive Director took time to speak with us personally about the mission of the organization, and we processed paperwork to get through. It was all worth it as soon as we made it to the elementary school for the first time! The students, LNFI staff and policies/programs are outstanding. Volunteers from my organization continued to go of their own accord after the semester ended. I can't say enough about what a blessing this dedicated organization is to the children of Fort Worth and its volunteer base!

Rayna L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year to mentor at Love Never Fails International. The connection between child and mentor gives us the ability to address the individual needs of the child.

After watching these youth it is evident that Love Never Fails does just that--shows love to each student. A trust develops and as a result, the children have the opportunity to resolve issues personal to them including reading skills, discipline to do homework, interaction and respect for others, expressing themselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have volunteered with Love Never Fails International for the past three (3) years. We have seen significant improvement in academic skills such as reading ability and comprehension as well as social interaction.

One of the most rewarding experiences for us is being greeted by name when they come into the class room and at dissmissial time we are thanked verbaly and usually also with a hug.

We enjoy the the time we get to meet and socialize with the famlies. They in turn tell us of the positive changes in their children that they attribute to the Love Never Fails program.

We have been very impressed with the dedicartion of the Love Never Fails staff. They have a very positive and caring attitude toward the children and the mentors.