There are different levels to the Love INC model, and each affiliate has the opportunity to minister to people in need on all levels. Each level goes deeper in fulfilling Love INC’s mission to mobilize the Church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.
Help Center / Clearinghouse
The help center is the foundation of all Love INC affiliates and includes these basic steps:
Receive request for help. Requests for help are received in the Love INC help center either directly from a person in need or when a person is referred to Love INC by a local agency or church.
Assess the need. Trained Love INC volunteers or staff screen the request to determine legitimacy and extent of the need, and to discover any deeper issues fueling the crisis. Love INC determines what help the client has already received from agencies or churches, and ensures the need is manageable and specific.
Refer to help. Love INC connects the need to the most appropriate church ministry, church volunteer, and/or local agency and the need is met.
Follow up. Love INC reviews the outcome. Was the immediate need met? Is there a core issue that requires longer-term attention? The follow-up also provides an opportunity for the recipient to become connected to a local church if he or she desires. Through the help center, Love INC also identifies gaps in services and resources in the community, and helps churches develop ministries to “fill in the gaps” not being met by agencies or the government.
The purpose of a Gap Ministry is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing needs that are not currently being met by other agencies, organizations or other entities. Read more…
Love INC affiliates, through local churches, seek to transform the lives of people in chronic need through caring relationships and classes/training opportunities. Read more…
As Love INC affiliates mature and build their capacity to provide short-term and long-term help to people in need, they become more deeply involved with the community, aware of underlying or systemic problems, and capable of being a catalyst for change. Read more…