RESPONDING WITH COMPASSION TO THOSE IN NEED WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST
Love INC Medina is a nonprofit organization that has been committed to serving the people in Medina County who are facing financial hardships since 2010. As a part of the National Love INC movement, we are one of 134 affiliates in 29 states. While each affiliate is shaped by the needs of the local community, we all share the same purpose unifying the Body of Christ to help people in need.
Our Christian ministry works together with partner churches, organizations and agencies to help financially empower individuals and families. We help by providing financial assistance when struggling families and individuals are faced with utility disconnections, evictions and other financial crisis. Our trained volunteers and staff clarify and evaluate the requests for assistance to verify legitimate need. We endeavor to refer our clients to other resources that can partner with us to assist them. Love INC Medina is unique in our ability to network with local churches and agencies to unite to help those in Medina County. We do what any one church or agency cannot do alone!
Alone, But Never Really Alone …
Whenever I drive in my driveway my heart sinks. I remember what the house and yard looked like before my husband died ten years ago. He took such pride in a perfectly manicured lawn, colorful flower beds and a house and yard that was “spic & span.” I’m ashamed of the state of disrepair that everything has fallen into. I lost the physical capability to do the work myself and just don’t have the money to hire someone to do it. Weeds have taken over the flower beds, a large tree has fallen in the back yard and the once beautiful rock wall my husband built around the porch is showing years of neglect.
I saw a Love INC flyer at the food pantry where I go and thought with a name like “Love In the Name of Christ” at least I can talk with someone about my heartaches. What they did for me was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. During my many conversations with the Love INC Volunteers, they listened, and I truly felt heard. Then a group of young adults from a neighborhood church came to my home on several occasions throughout the summer to weed, plant, mulch, trim, cut up, haul away, pressure wash and rebuild. Along with the physical work they did, they also ministered to my soul. I’m starting to think about selling this place and moving into something smaller and more manageable. I no longer feel alone to carry my burdens; Love INC is a phone call away and truly a blessing from God!
Just What the Doctor Ordered …
I had no clue when I went to my regular doctor appointment that everything in my life was about to unravel. Up until this point I was keeping my head above water by living frugally and getting in as many hours as I could at my job. My doctor was concerned about my nagging symptoms and immediately ordered a whole series of tests, including a biopsy of my left lung. I had to miss days at work which cut drastically into my paycheck. Then the biggest blow to my financial situation was finding out that my medical insurance would not cover any of my medical expenses. The bills piled up so fast and before I knew it, I was two months behind with my rent and close to an eviction notice. I was at the end of my rope with no where to go but down.
Until a friend at church told me about Love INC. The Love INC Volunteer that returned my call gave me something I hadn’t had in a very long time – hope and prayer. Then with the help of Love INC and my church, they were able to pay my past due rent. Finally, the Love INC Gap Ministry, Senior Benefit Advantage, met with me and evaluated my insurance policy to find out why my medical bills were not being covered. With a change in medical plans I was able to be reimbursed almost the total amount of my medical expenses. Today I’m back at my job and praising God for the good medicine He provides!