Love INC of the Cedar Valley is a multi-denominational organization whose mission is to “mobilize the church to transform lives and communities In the Name of Christ.” Twenty partner churches support this ministry, believing that Christian congregations can accomplish more by working together than by working separately.
Their call center refers persons to churches, agencies, and volunteers who can help meet their needs. St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Waterloo, for instance, was assisted in starting their food ministry. Love INC keeps a record of all ministries offered by local churches and verifies potential clients’ needs in order to free the churches to concentrate on developing the relationship with the client rather than having to vet the request themselves.
Love INC’s transformational ministry helps people who are struggling get back on their feet. One of their first participants was a young woman who found herself pregnant and unmarried without a job. Over the last year she has taken classes, received a mentor, given birth, and gone from being a recipient of their clearinghouse to a regular volunteer. She recently got a full time job, supporting herself and her child independently. She also has developed into a confident Christian.
Love INC of the Cedar Valley is partially supported by a Matthew 25 grant from the Northeast District, which is made possible by apportionment gifts from local churches across the state of Iowa.