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Love in Abundance

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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


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

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!


Board Member

Rating: 5

Love in Abundance speaks clearly to it's purpose of loving others as God has directed. As a previous board member of this organization I experienced, first hand, the dedication, drive, and tireless hours that Vickie puts into ensuring that LIA continues to be a beacon of light to so many young girls. It is heart breaking to see the hopelessness in the eyes of these young lives. LIA brings to them a vision of a future they could not see. Their programs are tailored to build self esteem, basic skills, and focuses on importance of a good education. This great organization provides a life changing experience to young girls and guides their lives in a positive direction to a brighter future and endless possibilities.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Love and Abundance is an amazing organization. Seeing how young ladies are empowered not just through encouraging them to take a path towards college but to have a sense of self knowledge and confidence. This organization is all about service and helping young ladies and holding them to a higher standard