Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse is foundational to the Love INC movement. Without it, our ministry would cease to exist. The Clearinghouse is the connecting agent between the person in need and those serving them (churches, agencies, volunteers and other resources). Our process works in 4 steps:

  1. Request – A person in need calls the Love INC Clearinghouse with a request for help
  1. Assess – Volunteers or staff conducts an intake to get details of their request. We examine the nature, extent and legitimacy of the client’s need.
  1. Provide – After a need is analyzed and verified, the need is referred to the most appropriate Love INC partner church, volunteer, or agency to address the need.
  1. Follow Up – Clearinghouse Coordinator then follows up with the Neighbor in Need and ministry that provided the assistance to ensure that help was received.

For requests for help, please call (205-614-2849) Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9 and 12.

“The bridge of love”

Transformational Ministry

The Bridge of Love is a 52 week mentoring program of Love INC. During the 52 weeks, we assist individuals and families to become more self-sufficient in every area of their lives. We encourage people to develop a relationship with God and become more responsible with their finances as well as learn skills for successful living. We provide free classes and childcare on Thursday nights, at First United Methodist Church of Tuscaloosa, so that program participants can take the time to learn to better manage their life and money.

The Bridge of Love Program is free of charge to our participants and there are no income restrictions. However, it costs $1,000 to sponsor a participant for the 52 weeks of The Bridge of Love Program.

Please consider donating to fund our transformational ministry or volunteering to help be a part of this program.

GAP Ministries

The purpose of a Gap Ministry is to provide a resource or service to meet ongoing, unmet needs or “gaps” in Tuscaloosa County. Each Gap Ministry is focused on meeting a particular need by providing:

  • Services such as transportation, budget counseling, home repair, etc.
  • Products such as food, baby supplies, clothes, furniture, etc.

Love INC encourages churches to respond to these unmet needs by adopting a Gap Ministry. They can be adopted by churches, ministries, small groups or Sunday School classes to help us meet the needs of the community. Because the Love INC Clearinghouse secures current and relevant information on unmet needs, Love INC can provide valuable insights on new ways churches can meet those needs and have a deeper impact in the lives of people and the community. Please consider being a part of one of the following Gap Ministries:

Appliance/Appliance Repair
Baby Needs
Bicycle/Bicycle Repair
Budget Mentors
Children’s Clothing
Christmas Decor
Computer Lab

Computer Repair
Food Pantry
Furniture
Home Decor
Home Repair
Hygiene Items
Kitchen Supplies

Laundry & Cleaning Supplies
Linen Closet Needs
Mattress Needs
Medical Equipment
Paper & Disposable Goods
Shoes & Boots

PACKED WITH LOVE

Providing food for children, in food-insecure homes, to take home over the weekends when school meals are unavailable.

  • packs bags of easy to open meals
  • communicates with school guidance counselors about need in schools
  • delivers to local schools

Breaking Bread

A homeless ministry that builds relationships with the homeless and works one-on-one with them to meet their needs. Breaking Bread was birthed from Homeless Connect 2015, which is an annual event for the homeless in Tuscaloosa County. This event helps to fund Breaking Bread ministries.

  • visits local homeless camps and area soup kitchens
  • deliver supplies
  • shares hope with many who are homeless
  • encourages them to come into programs at Love INC

FREEDOM AND FINANCES

Mentors provide assistance in managing finances for Neighbors in Need who come through the Clearinghouse or are in the Bridge of Love. Freedom and Finances is requirement for the Bridge of Love participants.

  • meets with Mentor weekly
  • accountable for all spending
  • mentor and Neighbor in Need lay out a realistic budget
  • sets short-term and long-term goals
  • encourages Neighbor in Need to move toward transformation

LOVE’S Resale boutique

Love’s Resale Boutique is open to the public every Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m until 1:00 p.m. It is located at 3201 Main Avenue, in Northport, Alabama.

The goal and mission of Love’s Resale Boutique is to produce revenue to assist and expand Love INC Ministries through the sale of donated products.

Donations are accepted Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am-4pm and Saturday 9am-10am.

the outback

The Outback is a general store that provides goods for our Neighbors in Need, through a voucher system. All items in The Outback are supplied through donations. These items include:

  • Clothing and shoes
  • Kitchen supplies: pots and pans, utensils, cookware, storage containers, dishes, flatware, small appliances
  • Home decor
  • Baby items
  • Vacuums
  • Linens

These items can be donated through the Donation Center.

Donation Center

Donation of gently used items are received to supply the Gap Ministries, The Outback and the Resale Boutique. Gap Ministries supply the items needed through the Clearinghouse and other Love INC ministries.

Donations are received at:

3101 Main Ave. Suite F, Northport, AL.

Donation receiving times:

Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm