Clearing House Ministry
Connecting people to resources in our community
The Love INC Clearinghouse is:
The heartbeat of the Love INC Ministry
- Where the focus is on the person in need, not just their expressed need
- Working to connect the person in need to those serving them: churches, agencies and other resources
- Acting as the mechanism to mobilize the volunteer through current and new ministry opportunities
Foundational to the Love INC movement
What is Gap Ministry?
The purpose of a Gap Ministry is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing needs that are not currently being met by agencies, government, or churches. Love INC helps churches “fill in the gap.”
Gap Ministries are a powerful way for Love INC to fulfill its mission to mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.
H20 Ministry – St. James Lutheran, ReaLife Church and Fortville Nazarene Church each offer cleaning supplies and paper products that are not available with food stamps.
St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Greenfield coordinates a furniture and appliance ministry. They take donations of essential items and deliver them to meet the request of our neighbors.
Calvary Baptist, Greenfield, has a shoe ministry and a weekly bread ministry. Financial donations are used to purchase shoes or fill in needed items.
Fountaintown Christian Church and Greenfield Christian Church partner to purchase bunk beds, mattresses and sheets to give to families in Hancock County.
Faith United Methodist manages Cards of Hope ministry that sends cards to our neighbors to extend encouragement, condolence or prayers of healing during time of illness.
Trinity Park United Methodist Church in Greenfield hosts the Giving Nursery where families may receive items for their baby or toddler.
New Hope Nazarene has another new Gap Ministry, Fill the Cupboard. This provides dishes, pots and pans, linens – anything that will go in your cupboard except food and cleaning supplies.
Park Chapel Christian Church has a team that builds wheelchair ramps for people who own their own home that needs to be made accessible.
Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church has a medical equipment lending closet to fill a temporary need for items such as walkers, shower chairs, wheel chairs and crutches.
Here is where you can fit in:
- Refer families to us that may be in need of the products offered by these Gap Ministries.
- Check with the Clearinghouse if you have items to donate.
Ideas for future expansion:
Coordinated Handyman Ministry for minor to moderate home repair using teams from churches around the county.
Replication of any of the existing ministries in areas of the county not currently involved.
Love INC, through local churches, seeks to transform the lives of people in chronic need through caring relationships and classes/training opportunities. Love INC organizes and equips church members from across many denominations to lead courses and/or walk alongside (mentor) people in need for a set time period in order to help them acquire one or more skills and move toward self-sufficiency. These courses can be accompanied by material support and special access to Gap Ministry resources (incentives or rewards). In addition these courses will typically have goal setting, and some level of accountability incorporated into them.
Job Skills Workshop
This 5-week workshop covers the following topics:
- Where and How to Find a Job
- Job Applications
- Sales 101
- Resumé and Cover Letters
- Buzz Words
- Mock Interviews
- You Have the Job… Now What?
- Time Management
Ask us how you can be involved!
Hearts of Hope Money Management Workshop
Throught the time spent together mentor and participant work through the material to cover the following topics:
- Checking/Savings Accounts
- Reconcile Bank Statements
- Income vs. Expenses
- Freedom from Debt
- Taxes & Insurance
- Credit Reports
- You Have the Job… Now What?
- Meal Planning/Shopping Wisely
We need mentors to guide our participants in this comprehensive program that looks at all the reasons for their financial crisis and to offer them HOPE and a way out through budget mentoring.