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Love In the Name of Christ of Brevard

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Causes: Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Our mission is to "mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ." Love INC takes churches across denominational lines to help people in need by investing in people not just focusing on meeting needs. Love INC volunteers who serve as client mentors journey with our clients from a time of need through to graduation from the program, when a person is able to live without ongoing support. While agencies, charities and government can provide a safety net to help those in need, Love INC invests in our clients through the power of relationships, where the client learns how to participate in finding solutions to their own needs. The relational component is what makes Love In the Name of Christ unique as a helping ministry, where we provide a hand up not just a hand out in a person's time of need. Love INC of Brevard looks forward to the day when the Church will rise up as Christ followers, and stand against community woes such as the working poor and other forms of poverty, human trafficking and victimization, and respond together saying, "Not on our watch. We will face these problems together!"

Results: Founded in 1977, Love INC has over 135 affiliates nationwide and one international affiliate in Nairobi, Kenya. Our local affiliate, Love INC of Brevard, is a non-profit partnership of 49 Churches, 35 community organizations, 20 businesses and 1,300 volunteers in Brevard purposed to help people break the cycle of need. receive referrals through our client call center where we assess a client's needs, complete an intake, make an action plan, and partner with clients throughout their time with our ministry. We have a calling to value and serve the needy, walking side by side in dignity and respect, providing the tools to making a lasting impact through assistance and accountability.

Target demographics: people facing financial hardship

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2016, in our 4th quarter alone, we received 393 client calls, 116 church referrals and 22 agency referrals. Through our ministry, 593 of our adult's needs were met, 383 of of our children's needs were met, with only 12 needs unmet. Love INC has 67 volunteers who served 3060 hours, 101 church volunteers who served 514 hours.

Geographic areas served: Brevard County

Programs: Through our Gap Ministry, clients are offered help with needed home repairs and auto repairs and received discounts on purchases during their time of need. We offer the Village Thrift voucher program with our ministry retail store, providing an 80% discount on all furniture, appliances, clothing, housewares, etc. Our partner churches host Personal Care Pantries where clients redeem Love INC vouchers, to purchase family-sized hygiene products for only 25 cents an item. The main takeaway here is that the Gap Ministry program helps ease the burden of financial hardship while preserving a person's dignity by involving their participation. We call that a "hand up" rather than a "hand out." The dignity of our clients is vital as we offer our clients choice. Our clients choose the furniture they want for their home, the type of decor they like. The brand of hygiene products their family uses. That's dignity. In addition, our clients take responsibility for a portion of their purchases, so they can participate in finding solutions to their needs as well as maintain a level of accountability. The aim of our Transformational Ministry is to provide clients the tools one needs for independent living. These tools or basic like skills include: budget mentoring, career building, mental health counseling, and other educational programs provide the tools of lasting change. When you receive services through Love INC, the tools you receive here will have a lasting impact aimed at a transformational difference.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lori Marie H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They pray with people that have no hope. They empower people to get the help they need

Joanna-Rey

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing! Love Inc of Brevard serve the community by connecting people in need with resources that can help. Their mission to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ is extraordinary.

John F.7

Board Member

Rating: 5

My Church became involved with Love Inc 10 yrs ago. We were a very small church, but Love, Inc gave us access to resources for people in need like large churches have. I especially have admired that their way of helping is not to give handouts but to give a person who is struggling in life, a hand UP! They labor to change how people make decisions and give them vital life skills so they can escape destructive and hopeless life patterns. And on the way, introduce them to a life of Faith to support them spiritually. I was so Amazed by Love, INC that I became a Board Member to further support their work

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great non profit and awesome people. They've helped so many people. It's a great nonprofit that helps people that are homeless. Also people that need cars, also people that need counseling, Furniture , Personal Care items, clothing, etc etc. A great organization and I'm grateful for them.

Hannah D.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have been with this ministry for just over a year and it just keeps getting better and better!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m a volunteer here, I enjoy helping others move forward from adverse situations! It is a joy to be able to incorporate Jesus into their lives and explain to them that God loves them and that God has a good plan for their lives! LoveINC is very important to the community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Earlier this year I became a volunteer with Love In The Name of CHRIST, and it has been an amazing journey. LOVE Inc is an innovative non-profit who has their finger on the pulse of the Community, with a heart to assist in the journey of those that are in need of help. Connecting with businesses and churches to leverage help for a hurting people. They are a Non-Profit of integrity that has proven Outcomes; stories of those who have a new out look on life because LOVE Inc walked with them through transition until they were able to run by the grace of GOD! Truly LOVE Inc is a blessing to many individuals and families.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at Love INC in February of this year and have had a wonderful experience there. The staff and other volunteers are very friendly and caring. It's a great atmosphere to work in!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Blessed by how the church unites in purpose and service to help people in need through Love INC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a staff member at Love INC, but I wanted to submit a review from my personal perspective. I desire to the see the Church of Jesus UNITED in my community. I believe God has made us all different and allows us denominations so that we can all find a place to worship that feels like home. That said, I know He calls us to be UNITED in Him. I am amazed that Love INC is not a ministry TO churches, but a ministry OF churches -- a partnership of churches serving their community in unity! I am thrilled and blessed to watch churches uniting in prayer, service, and vision each and every day.

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1 Tangi K C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love In the Name of Christ is a refreshing ministry. They truly have the heart of the Father. Their service to people in need is excellent and impacting. Its good to know that a ministry like Love INC still exists.

Ken M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been great volunteering for Love in the Name of Christ. I love that people are getting the help they need. A lot of people are down on their luck and we work with other agencies to point people where they can get the help they need. The people I volunteer with are great.

freddiwoodford

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place where people find help and healing; transformation into a better life in Christ.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working in and around this organization for 2 years and have seen love and professionalism together to work to help others in need. I'm grateful for Love INC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered with this non-profit for nearly six years. I have seen many lives changed as a result of caring and loving Christians serving the least of those in our community with dignity and love. What makes this non-profit even more effective is the partnering with local churches and businesses in the life changing help that Love In the Name of Christ offers their clients. It takes a Village, therefore we also have a Thrift Store and Personal Care Pantry that provides items at a very reduced cost to our clients as they participate with us in improving their situations.

Victoria S.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Love INC Brevard 2 months ago, and from the beginning, it has been nothing but a joyful, encouraging, and sweet experience. The heart behind the organization is to help people, and it is a genuine desire from every volunteer and staff member to do just that. In my short time here, I have heard so many stories of lives being changed and the Lord working in beautiful ways. Genuine hurts are shared and met with prayer, encouragement, and love. It has been a blessing volunteering, and I'm so glad the Lord led me to this place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with Love INC of Brevard for 5 years and it gets better every year. You cannot find a better group of people more invested in their community and desiring to see personal growth in our clients.

John N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the goal of Love INC of Brevard. It's an organization that gives a Hands-UP not a hand-out to people-in-need in the community. They build long term personal relationships with the people they help and offer them much more than help with physical needs. They also offer help with spiritual needs -- an introduction and/or maintenance of a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. This helps people know they are loved and accepted which gives them hope for the future.

Donor

Rating: 5

Always trying to touch lives and lift the community to a higher level of life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer my time to Love INC because they value the people whom they serve. Through relationships they seek to serve the whole person, not just symptoms. They bring hope to people's lives where there has been frustration and loss.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) for 4+ years. During this time I have seen a strong growth in the number of clients receiving transformative and life affirming assistance through partnership with local churches. I have been impressed with the manner in which Love INC cares for the clients; not as a case number, but as individuals and families in the midst of hardship. As a volunteer, through the relationships I create and the skills I posses, I am able to make a positive difference in others lives.

Sandra H.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Prayer is the foundation of LoveINC. The staff and volunteers gather daily to pray for clients, churches and each other. It is rare to find an organization that exemplifies the example of Christ in transforming lives. It was a privilege to volunteer for a short time and see the beautiful people who volunteer and witness the love and respect given to clients.

Donor

Rating: 5

They help local people and teach us all how to follow Jesus in our daily lives.

Donor

Rating: 5

Highly trained volunteers and run by the best executive director ever!

Donor

Rating: 5

Love Inc is a wonderful organization designed to help people get back on their feet.
What I love the most is that they don't give a handout to people but rather a hand up!!
They treat people with dignity and offer them training and love and encouragement.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Love INC. and have had the pleasure of meeting many of the people they have helped. They do an excellent job at mobilizing churches, other non for profits and the local business community to come together and support the various needs of the struggling in our county. In addition to meeting the immediate physical needs of the individual or family, they assist them in getting resources that will enable them to be self sufficient in the future. Whether it be counselling services, job and budget mentoring, or any other area that may prove to undermine the person's future success. It is a great nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They truly care and are Christ driven to help the best possible way.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC not only helps people in need, but they help them learn to help themselves and help them transform their lives.

Diane B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful, well run nonprofit that does great work helping local families who have fallen on tough times. I found out about them through our church, Trinity Wellsprings in Satellite Beach and through visiting their Thrift Store, one of the nicest and well organized stores I have ever visited. Their offerings are in excellent condition and very affordably priced. Shopping and donating there is a pleasure while knowing what a difference the profits make in our community.

2 Jeff J.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I fell in love with Love INC because they believe in "teaching people to fish" not just giving them a handout. They address the root of the problem and guide their clients, helping them learn to help themselves.
As one of their business partners I donate my time and services to prepare houses for painting. To help boost the clients spirits.
I believe as does Love Inc., that you must address individuals physical needs and love them before you gain their trust and address their spiritual needs. Also I have hired Love Inc clients to work in my business which helped the family to get out of a bad situation and benefitted my business.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Pastor of a small church, LoveINC has been truly a blessing in helping us to help those in need. They have access to so many services and work with the people step by step, to not just meet the immediate need, but to guide them into Transitional Change for the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Come on down to village thrift and love inc. Best prices in town. Sweet john and sweet candy are so godly best manager ever words cant describe how great they are. Best place to volunteer words cant describe how great this place is

Michael P.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Judy If you want to volunteer at love Inc or village thrift that full of the holy spirit you found the right place. Best place in Brevard

John P M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Best place to volunteer started as a client. Love Inc and Village Thrift help me grow i was weak and lost and they showed me the way to get saved and baptize.It been a year now got a position selling ebay also still help in the thrift store from running the cash register answering the phone there are several position to chose from. Best place to volunteer in brevard or any place in the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with Love INC for the past 4 months and continue to be truly blessed to be part of this amazing organization. The people I serve with are kind, compassionate, prayerful, and caring. While giving money to those in need can be extremely beneficial, Love INC’s mission to help people become self sufficient/self sustaining is a life changer for the recipient, and consequently to the community. That is what Love INC does with the true love and dignity of Christ.

violetmello

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Christ commanded His Church to be His hands and feet - showing the love of Jesus through ministering to people's needs is the basis of all that we do at Love INC. Our purpose is to give a hand-up, not a hand-out - to teach our community to fish instead of simply giving them fish. Volunteer opportunities abound, and one doesn't have to feel locked into a position they don't enjoy - if one doesn't love what one does at Love INC, one can be moved around until one finds the type of ministry within Love INC that brings one joy. It is a wonderful place to volunteer and to donate - whether it's money or used items to our thrift store, Village Thrift. Inquire today and learn more about Love INC and how YOU can be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It all goes back to showing the love of Christ by being his hands and feet. Love INC strives to empower people to lift themselves out of their situations through hand-ups, not hand-outs. Love INC is always looking for new ways to reach out to their clients to meet their needs or help them meet their needs. It is a wonderful place to volunteer and to donate - whether it's money or used items to their thrift store, Village Thrift. Inquire today and learn more about Love INC and how YOU can be a part of it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first volunteered with Love Inc I was uncomfortable with the evangelical nature of their ministry as I had not been exposed to that type of worship. I have since become a devoted volunteer who respects the devotion and sacrifice that encompasses this ministry. I love being a mentor and hope that somehow I can transform a life

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Love in the Name of Christ of Brevard for over a year now. This ministry desires to provide a hand up, not a hand out and always offers prayer. It's so refreshing to be with other believers from a variety of different churches in Brevard County united in a common goal. Everyone here has a heart for God's people, to see them moving forward into the plan God has for each of them. This organization recognizes that God loves everyone, no matter what their past or present looks like, and desires each of us to do the same. All the people who serve here do so as a calling from Christ to love on His people. .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Never have I ever came across an organization that has such a heart of God for the people. Love INC does not just go by the name but they really do exemplify the true meaning of love to not only in-house but to everyone they come in contact with, from the clients to those that just call o the phone. This is a great organization to be a part of.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Love INC is a great organization. I've seen support shown to their community by demonstrating the love of Christ by providing different areas of resources to meet the needs of the community. It is always inspiring to see organizations helping their local communities.

James209

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC is an amazing nonprofit with amazing people who truly love to help others. They come beside people and lift them up during their time of need as well as give them the tools to succeed going forward.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a donor and volunteer with Love INC of Brevard for more than twelve years. The concept of Love INC, the church effectively and compassionately mobilized to serve those who are hurting and needy, resonated with me from the moment I first heard about it. During my years of service with Love INC, I have relished the ‘warm, fuzzy’ feelings that come from knowing that my time/money was used to help local families. More importantly, I came to realize that my own heart and attitude was ‘in need’ of an overhaul. By taking advantage of the ongoing training that Love INC provides as part of its mobilization initiatives, I learned that it takes more than time and money to make a transformational impact in our communities. It takes genuine humility and brokenness on the giving side of the equation. It takes a sincere heart connection between giver and recipient. I learned how important it is to provide not only tangible goods, but encouragement, grace and dignity to serve well those who experience both the poverty and the shame that can come with material need. The practicality of such training has given me significant new insights into the challenges of loving and serving our neighbors. Just recently, I was able to assist a family friend living in another state who had been through some rough times, mostly because of her own bad choices. I believe that I was able come alongside her in a way that was not judgmental nor enabling but, I pray, transformational and full of hope.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This org. Provides help with dignity to those wishing a helping hand rather than a hand out. It gives those in need the tools and support to get them on their feet without making them feel needy while leading their paths to Jesus through love, not pressure. All in the name of Christ.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Love INC of Brevard for about 3 years now. The mission and vision of Love INC ignites the Spirit within me. The staff and volunteers are so spirit-filled and deeply believe in helping people out of of need, in a way that preserves the dignity of the client while also building relationships, not just giving a hand out, but a hand up.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whiting lives change still gives me chills! I saw a young single mother of 3 break through fear and come to volunteer which got her a lap top which opened the door for her to get her GED and nursing education. She is till working on that education part but is living in the hope now! So God has done it again!!! Thank you Love INC for allowing me to see these things!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

INC stands for In the Name of Christ which forms the basis of everything that this nonprofit accomplishes. Each service day begins with prayer and the multitude of volunteers are committed and involved. It is a joy to serve with these folks. Prayers are answered and lives in the communities are being changed for the better as we partner with local Christian churches to give the less fortunate a "hands up".

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have watched the dedication and love for our clients from our staff for well over two years now and realize that our Love INC staff is truly "called" to their various positions and responsibilities.
The willingness to be available to the clients is unsurpassed and stands as great examples to the churches and community resources of Brevard. I am proud to be associated with an organization that cares for the poor and needy of our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Love INC were a real God send to me at a time of enormous crisis in my life. They do what they claim to do and they do that with love and compassion for everyone involved. They are truly fulfilling their mission to act as Christ did when He reached out to the sick, poor and downtrodden. The volunteers at Love INC became like an extended family to me (much kinder) and they were at the end of the phone whenever I needed to talk or cry. I hope to give back one day and become one of their outstanding volunteers! Thank you for all you did to help me when I needed it most!

3 Heather230

Client Served

Rating: 5

myself and daughter started out in an unfamiliar city with no friends or family to escape a domestic situation. We , my daughter and i, were sitting at a Tire Kingdom trying to get our car fixed when i received a disturbing phone call which left me in tears. As i sit there holding my daughter and trying to explain why i was crying a woman walked up to me and sat down and asked me if she could help me. I answered her with a sigh and very kindly said i needed a new life direction, a way to take care of me and my daughter without feeling trapped in this life im in. She smiled and said I have just the person you need to talk to...... God. She sat there and prayed with and for me. She told me about this gentlemen that i should call from an organization that could show me how to trust that things would get better. She pulled out a peice of paper and wrote Dan and a number, she said call him right now and tell him you need help. She left me with the most wonderful hug and sence that i would never be alone again. I cried again and called "Dan". He listened and invited me to join him at church two days later. Very hesitantly I said yes. I had not been to church in years. I was really scared. Two days later I met Dan and the church. He sat with me and made me feel welcomed, calm, and filled with hope, love, and acceptance. Since that day, a year and and a half ago, I have not missed church. LoveINC. has changed my life. I now have a handle on where my life is heading. They have shown me more love, understanding, compassion, friendship, and most of all faith in better things to come. I beleive that LoveINC. will be in my life for a very long time. With a little work and dedication on my part, they have helped me with, my car and my health. They have taught me how to better plan my finances, they call me every week to help me move forward with the next stage of my life. I have seen them do amazing things with and for people. My journey with them has been amazing in so many ways. They have given me incouragement and the feeling that I am loved. I dont know where I would be without there guidance and friendship. It is a great organization!!! It is a blessing to be a part of something so wonderful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC seeks to fulfill the mission of Christ to reach the world in our own community by being Christ's hands and feet. The volunteers are awesome and the tiny staff is great, too. If you are looking for a place where you can maximize the impact you have on your community, this is the place to volunteer!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC serves not only the community, but also the Volunteers and staff. Love ops have been done for volunteers, prayers are lifted for the needs of staff and volunteers alike, and the encouragement that is given from Dan, staff and other volunteers has helped make our home a happier place. Thank you Love INC for all you do for the community and for the volunteers.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have seen first hand how this non-profit serves so many people out of need. I know people who have jobs, homes and cars because of their generosity. They are connected with churches and businesses in the community that join forces to make a difference. Grateful!

2 Hope R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC is an amazing organization that truly embraces the idea of providing people in need help with dignity while fostering positive, healthy connections and relationships within the community.
The Staff at Love INC are passionate, compassionate, and incredibly dedicated to their mission - and it shows in the lives of those who have been embraced by them.

Love INC is Brevard County's answer to solving the issue of how to help with dignity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer I answer phone calls from those who are in need of assistance from us. It is my calling to be there to give assistance to those who ask for it. The Lord put us there to help. Love Inc. Is a lifeline to a lot of people.

2 Smiles23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering at the suggestion of a dear friend. I thought I could maybe help a few people and feel better about myself, selfish, I know. What I discovered has been more than I could have imagined. I have met people who volunteer when their owns lives a riddled with pain from illness, people who are grateful for the opportunity to help others. I have been healed myself from prejudices I didn't know I had. This organization is not only in the "business" of helping people physically with material fixes but fixing the soul of people as well.

2 Peggy56

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with Love Inc. helping in different areas and know many volunteers and staff. I have not known a group of people that so want to help others. I volunteer in Village Thrift Shop (formerly Segunda Vida). I see the people who come in and out and who are so grateful and so love all of what is done for them and their families. From the clothes to the furniture, to a simple toaster or décor for their home....the gratitude is so amazing and for the smallest things. Whether they just stop in from the area or have the vouchers for the things they need after Love Inc. has helped them up, it is evident that Jesus is present and smiling for all that is done through Love Inc. and through the people that need and are made to feel loved when they come and go. I am a very grateful volunteer to be a part of Jesus' hands and feet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love in the name of Christ is a top notch non-profit organization. When you volunteer with them they work to find the right place where your particular gift would be best used. I have been a volunteer with Love INC for several years and I love going into the office or the thrift store, the spirit is alive in all they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love In the Name of Christ can be characterized as as having a huge heart for the local living Body of Christ and a heart for the needs of the people in the community. I have had the privilege of working hands on with Love INC and the staff as well as the volunteers serve with excellence and a sacrificial heart putting the needs of their clients .

1 Connie67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Love Inc since July of 2012. I answer the phone calls that come in from many who need a helping hand. I can not describe the blessing I receive as we walk hurting people back to a place of dignity in their lives. God has allowed me to be part of spiritual, mental, emotional and physical healing' s during this time and it has been an honor. We all have a time in our lives when it seems the bottom falls out, I've been there. Because of all the love and help I received in my own life it is my pleasure to pay it forward. No matter what the need Love Inc. stands ready to help in anyway it can
Connie Blais

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been so rewarding to be a part of LOVE INC, to watch the body of Christ working together to aide people in a way that provides them with accomplishment and dignity. That in turn helps to build up the true body of Christ which is all of us in the way God's word describes it to us. Love Inc provides what is so necessary to the connection between organized religion and it peoples; by reuniting all the assets, linking all together to form a functioning connection that gets the tasks done. The Holy Spirit is always at work at Love Inc.

1 Denise V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Serving with Love INC of Brevard is about sharing God's love with those in need in a way that is transformational. We know there are emergency needs and services for those needs. Our desire is to walk with people for lasting change in ways that restore people who may come to us broken. When we serve people in the name of Christ we do it because God loved us first and as God teaches us day by day to be more like him we extend love to the world by caring for those who need our help. These past 4 years serving this ministry have been a great journey to do Kingdom work and extend the love of Christ to our neighbors by being His hands and His feet.

3 Denise-Helene

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my greatest honors as a Christian has been to serve for Love INC of Brevard because it's there we extend God's love to people in need in a tangible way. Jesus said what we do to the least of our brethren we do it to Jesus and the examples he used were food to eat, water to drink, clothes for the naked, inviting people into your home, visiting the sick, going to the prisons. At Love INC of Brevard we are connecting with 49 local churches so we can partner together with our clients to make a lasting impact on their lives in a transformational way. We give people a hand up not a hand out and that means dignity and respect. So at one of our Partner Church thrift stores for example, our clients received 80 percent discount. So a dresser that costs $50 would cost our client $10 and if they couldn't afford it, they would receive $10 store credit per hour of volunteer work. In this way, the client buys the purchase with dignity and ownership and with a helping hand. Love INC means the world to me because I've had the opportunity to share the love of Christ on our phone lines. It's a great privilege to pray with those in need, to provide emotional support as we partner together through the process. Of all the ministries I've served throughout my life, Love INC is one of the greatest in bringing the church outside of the building walls. It is a blessing and a privilege all in the name of Christ.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

While we are fortunate to live in a nation that encourages tolerance, compassion and generosity, the connectedness and sacrifice that comes from loving one’s neighbor as one’s self are often neglected as essential ingredients of a healthy community. Simply throwing material goods at those who are in a desperate situation is a band-aide fix, necessary at times but often lacking as a long term solution for so many families. That is where community transformation comes in. To me it is an exciting concept and one that I want to have a role in helping to bring about.

What does transformation look like? I believe it goes beyond simply trying to be ‘kinder and gentler’ to those around me. For me it entails ‘loving my neighbor as myself’, a challenge that requires a supernatural grace that I was not born with. Love INC of Brevard is an organization that allows me and hundreds, even thousands, of others in our county to engage our neighbors on such a practical and potentially vulnerable level. The transformation that I am praying for will take place in the hearts of those who are served and those who are blessed to be able to serve.

During my college years in the mid-60’s, as the racial and anti-war protests were on the rise, the lyrics to a Hal David song captured my heart: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No not just for some but for everyone”. The problem comes with the diverse definitions of love in the English language. As the fictional Maleficent learned after coming to regret the terrible curse she placed on a child, true love does exist and it goes way beyond romance, family ties, or friendship. It has the power to overcome hate, revenge, anger and betrayal. I support Love INC of Brevard because of its focused vision on county-wide transformation - making my concept of "true love" a tangible characteristic of the community in which I live.

Note: in regard to the impact I think this organization has, I would like to add: The current level of impact is a fraction of what it can be. As more churches partner with us, pool their gifts and resources, and manifest the Unity of the Body of Christ, our community will come to recognize the magnitude of God’s love for them as well. This is a promise of Jesus himself in the last several verses of John 17. So while Love INC of Brevard is serving “here and now” needs of our neighbors in Brevard County, it clearly has the potential to impact them for eternity.




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Board Member

Rating: 5

For years I wondered, "How will Jesus recognize His Bride when He returns, if she is not working together and serving the poor?" And then I heard about Love In the Name of Christ, and watched as its volunteers and staff facilitated unity among believers, equipping and empowering them to seek and serve the lost, the lame, and the hurting in our own backyard. They apply the same approach used for years in foreign missions: First, meet people's needs where they are, and tell them why and Who you love while you're doing it, then connect them to ongoing support in the local church. Today I love being part of Love INC of Brevard - I get to be a bridesmaid, helping to beautify the Bride for her Bridegroom's return.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love INC is a very unique organization because it's made of members of the community taking leadership responsibility for their own community. They coordinate efforts with local programs and churches to provide a well rounded and long term effort to see lasting change while mobilizing the same community to lead the charge.

3 Keith37

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I've been with Love INC of Brevard for over a year now, and I can state that the people I work with in the name of Christ to help our Christian community has been a rewarding experience for me. I love the unique mission of Love in the Name of Christ (INC) of Brevard. We are coming together as the one Christian Church to make an impact on the lives of people in need through church mobilization. As an interdenominational Christian ministry we are partnering with churches so that we can effectively help people in need over the long-term, a meaningful transformational process. We have attracted 47 partner churches to come alongside and be part of the blessing that Love INC is to the community. Beginning in our call center we extend God's love, provide the tools to change, and lend a helping hand that provides a hands up not a hand out. We are one of 170 Love INC affiliates nationwide that are making a difference in people's lives.

3 Maggie34

Volunteer

Rating: 4

As a Workcamp manager, we sent 25 volunteers to Love Inc. for our week if service. They were well received and worked hard during their time there. The groups came back with positive reviews each day! We will definitely partner with Love Inc. again next year!