ABOUT LOVE INC-HEARTLAND
Our mission: To mobilize local churches to transform
lives and communities in the Name of Christ.
Love INC-Heartland is a neighbor-helping-neighbor organization, leveraging a network of over thirty local churches to efficiently meet a spectrum of needs such as clothing, furniture, bedding, baby care, back-to-school supplies, holiday gifts and more.
Love INC’s impact is widespread:
For people in need:
Neighbors in need are referred to Love INC-Heartland from schools, churches, police, word of mouth, or stopping into one of our two thrift stores. Love INC-Heartland staff or volunteers listen to the caller compassionately, offer suggestions and refer them to available resources.
When appropriate, neighbors are encouraged to enroll in our transformational ministry classes called Fresh Start. Our proven programs help people move beyond their struggles toward self-sufficiency. We don’t just give a person a fish, we don’t just teach people how to fish; instead, we help them understand they have the capability of being excellent fishermen!
People enrolled in our Fresh Start program gain skills to better equip them to pay down debt, increase their wages, restore marriages, and see their children do better in school. With instruction, mentoring and sustained encouragement, the program helps people flourish and gain traction to move toward life-changing goals.
It is difficult for churches to know how to respond when people come to them seeking help. Through a thoughtful intake process, Love INC-Heartland works with people in need and investigates to validate that the need is true. If the right help is not available from an existing agency, our network of churches steps up with “gap ministries”. As the central hub, the clearinghouse, Love INC-Heartland makes this process more efficient and targeted to the best solution and creates a special synergy where churches can do more collectively than they could individually. This is the body of Christ in action!
Volunteers from the churches receive a lot in return; many report how moved they were to give a child his first bed. Neighbors tell us they are overwhelmed by the love and care that they received through our volunteers
When individual lives are transformed, so are communities. As a local faith-based organization, we believe in the power of prayer and communities of faith to impact the towns and neighborhoods around them for good.
Communities We Serve
Delano Evangelical Free
Delano United Methodist
First Presbyterian-Howard Lake
First Presbyterian-Maple Plain
The Highlands Church
Light of Christ Lutheran
Living Waters Christian Fellowship
Maple Plain Community
Montrose United Methodist
Our Father’s Lutheran
Seventh Day Adventist
St. John’s Lutheran
St Mary’s Catholic, Waverly
St Maximilian Kolbe (St. Peter & St. Joseph)
St Paul’s United Church of Christ
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church
Village Evangelical Free
Watertown Evalgelical Free
Board / Leadership
Board of Directors
- Dennis Gilbertson – Chair
- Angie Green – Secretary
- Jill Belland
- Pastor Chad Koppes
- Brian Marketon – Vice Chair
- Mary Neff – Treasurer
- Jim Holmlund – Phone: (763) 999-7630