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Love INC holds Fetrow Memorial Open House

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Love INC (In the Name of Christ) held a Bill Fetrow Memorial Open House and Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, October 6. The new signage posted, and planter built at Love in honor of former executive director Fetrow, were showcased and dedicated in a ceremony following the open house.

Gary Dilley, Love INC board member and pastor of College Park United Brethren Church began the dedication by remembering Fetrow, who directed Love from 2008 to 2011. Joey Spiegel, current executive director of Love INC, also shared his memories of Fetrow. Richard Strick, president of the board of directors of Love INC and pastor of St. Peter’s First Community Church, presided at the dedication service with prayer and a presentation of orange and yellow roses to Fetrow’s widow, Anne. Strick thanked Anne “for the way she and husband Bill gave their hearts to the organization.”

Spiegel said that he met Bill when he first became director (of Love) and got a sense of his heart. Spiegel continued, “Bill had a heart for ministry, Bill understood the mission of Love INC to mobilize the church to help those in need.” He said, “Our promise to the community is to stay true to that mission – mobilize the church. I want to see people in need touched more deeply and to move beyond their need.”

The new signage is a product of Ad Design, Inc. and the planter surrounding the Byron Street sign was built by Dick Wildelski, Bill Sherbahn and Richard Strick. The planter flowers were selected by Huntington Nursery and Florist. Special thanks also go to Amick Welding, Inc., Speedway Redi Mix Inc., Craig Hildebrand, Mike McElhaney and Steve Widelski.

Tours of the facility at 715 Byron Street began the open house. Board members of Love led guests from the community through the various areas of the building. Love INC empowers local churches to help people in need. It enables churches in the community to coordinate their resources and services so those in need are not turned away. Love also works with social service agencies to ensure that the community’s resources are being stewarded well.

Four staff members, a board of directors and a large group of volunteers from various churches in Huntington County keep Love INC providing for the needs of people who need immediate and long-term help. Church members use their unique gifts and talents through specific, manageable opportunities to serve others, and lives and the community are transformed.

Spiegel, along with Kyle Miller, ministry coordinator; Janet Troyer, assistant Clearinghouse coordinator and Sherry Bosack, receptions, make up the staff who oversee the various areas of assistance and the volunteers who take care of them.

Tours of Love began with the Community Clearinghouse where receptionists, operators, interviewers and clerical workers ensure that people in need find help.

Jesse Brown, Love board member secretary, explained “The Community Clearinghouse is the best place to determine people’s needs.” He continued, “From food and supplies, to financial aid for utilities or rent, ramps for houses, the Community Clearinghouse works with churches and other organizations to meet the need.”

Volunteers in the Community Food Pantry may help shop for client’s orders, stock shelves and unload trucks. Spiegel said that Love has 40 to 60 volunteers who work in this area and volunteer Rex Tribolet said the need for food is always there. Tribolet continued, “Right now we are struggling to get meat, we don’t know when we will get shipments from the government and are relying on the churches to keep the freezers stocked.”

Board member Ethan Stivers, Warren Church of Christ, explained that the Supply Closet area of Love always needs a lot of non-perishable items such as paper towel, toilet paper, tissues, cleaning supplies, shampoos, soaps and other health items as people can’t get them with food stamps.

The Diaper Depot room at Love distributes around 80 diapers per month according to volunteer Judy Lee. Lee is a member of a group from the First Brethren Church that takes care of the Diaper Depot, packaging and shelving diapers. A group of volunteers from an additional church also sews tote bags complete with blankets and Onesies for new mothers and their babies.

The Covered With Love area is a store within the Love facility which provides household items such as bedding, towels dishware, utensils and books and clothing for all ages. Volunteers sort and launder clothes and linens and arrange them in an orderly fashion for the convenience of shoppers that come to Covered With Love. This portion of Love is open Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12 Noon.

Carolyn Rogers, volunteer for Covered With Love, said, “The store is open for anybody in Huntington. We have a lot of nice things for kids. People can shop here with money or use vouchers. We have shoes, boots, blue jeans, winter coats – new and used - and just about anything for children.”

Loretta Hauser-Beck, Covered With Love volunteer, said “We go to the U-Pick store in Fort Wayne and get new bedding, comforters, blankets, pillows, some pots and pans and dishes, utensils and housewares in general for .19 per pound.” She continued, “We can really help families that have had a fire with whatever the need.”

Love INC and its volunteers also help meet community needs with a Back-To-School program and the Christmas Adopt-A-Family program. The Christmas Adopt-A-Family program is currently underway. It matches families in need with organizations, churches, businesses or individuals willing to help provide Christmas gifts and food. Donations of money, food, toys and blankets are needed for this program.

For more information about Love INC visit www.LoveINChtown.org or call (260) 356-0933. Business hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon. Donations are accepted in the form of monetary, food, baby food, diapers, clothes, household supplies, health and beauty, kitchenware, bicycles and more.