Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Love INC celebrating 30 years of service

Posted: Friday, January 29, 2016

Love in the Name of Christ is celebrating the completion of 30 years of service in Huntington County with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 18. The event will be held at the Lafontaine Center.

The cost of the dinner is $15 per person and is a fundraiser for the group’s many programs. Tickets need to be purchased by February 12, and the board is seeking table sponsors. The meal will be catered by Kim’s Katered Affairs, and there will be entertainment as well as a silent auction of various items and is open to the public.

Love INC started in 1985 when the churches in the county discovered that their ministries to help people were overlapping and not run as efficiently as they would like. Sister Mary Paula Fortier, a retired nun at Victory Noll, was familiar with Love in the Name of Christ at the national level and suggested that the Huntington County group of churches affiliate with it. She acted as the first director along with the first board of directors, who consisted of Reverend Ray Scribner, Susan Solloway, Doris Smitley, Robert Whitesell, and Rev. Kent Young. The only programs at that time were a food pantry and few items of clothing and household goods. The board and other volunteers first worked out of the UB Building and later moved to the present site on Byron Street and the ministries grew over the years to include a clothing program and financial referrals and mentoring.

Love INC staff is presently headed by director Joey Spiegel with ministry coordinator Kyle Metzger, temporary food pantry director Terry Rodgers, and Janet Troyer, clearing house coordinator. The board of directors consists of Jesse Brown, Nancy Carender, Rev. Mark Davis from Warren, Karen Farber, Cindy Krumanaker, Mike McElhaney, Jo Ellen Morris, Jerry Phelps, Doug Selig, David Walker, Trent Wolfe, and Joey Spiegel.  Volunteers man the food pantry and clothing ministries and interview callers over the phone in the clearing house to determine how best to meet their needs. Love INC hopes to continue serving Huntington County for the next 30 years and more.

Shown in the photo from left are Dave Stamper and Paul Vining, volunteers, and Terry Rodgers, temporary food pantry coordinator as they shop for food to replenish the pantry.