Love Inc. programs in Brevard County

The assistance from Love INC is for impoverished individuals and families in Brevard County Florida. The charity and its volunteers provide the basic essential items for daily living, such as food, meals, clothing, and similar goods. They also offer transportation to medical appointments and job interviews, and are involved refurbishing old computers, among other services. All programs administered depend on donations and volunteers from the region, and any support from them will not be financial in nature.

The agency has developed a network of churches and faith based groups in the Brevard County area, including Community Gospel Truth, the Harbour City Church of the Nazarene and others listed below. Most of these congregations determine the volunteer services they can offer the low income, including senior citizens, by surveying their members.

Those that qualify for help will get referrals from Love Inc, and the applicant will be linked to volunteers from the area who are willing and able to perform the needed services. As such, any assistance is contingent upon the availability of both contributions of money from the community and those volunteers.

Needy persons can obtain hygiene and cleaning products through Love INC. This service is intended for individuals who use food stamps or otherwise cannot afford to purchase such products on their own, with their own income. Some of the items provided by Love Inc. include toothbrushes, deodorant, toothpaste, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, bar soap, toilet paper, laundry and dish detergent, and feminine hygiene products. The organization encourages its network churches across Brevard County to conduct annual drives in order to keep a steady supply of essential items.

Volunteers from Love INC of Brevard help elderly and/or disabled clients with simple tasks. Services involve driving clients to local grocery stores to purchase food or maybe to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions. Volunteers also assist clients with yard work, house and gutter cleaning, and offer help with meal preparation. Other services include visiting clients at their homes and conversing with them over the phone.

Love INC builds handicapped ramps at the homes of disabled individuals so that they can independently exist in Florida and enter their homes when they please. Construction supervisors are available to assess needs, design ramps, order materials and oversee volunteers.




However, volunteers are needed. Note that the agency typically has dozens of pending requests for ramps from it Clearinghouse service. This is due to the fact that it lacks the necessary supplies or the personnel to construct the ramp, so there may be a wait for this service.

Expectant mothers in need of clothing and baby items for their newborn infants can turn to Love INC of Brevard County for assistance. The organization has helped a network church form a baby layette ministry to collect items for newborn infants.

Members of this congregation, as well as individuals from other churches, donate full layettes to pregnant women who have been referred to the church by Love Inc. Some of the items include new or gently used baby clothing for infants up to 12 months in age, free disposable diapers, receiving blankets, formula, crib sheets, baby bottles and other appropriate items.

Many new or single moms in Florida need assistance, so Love INC urges other congregations in its network to administer annual drives to gather items for layettes. The baby ministry also offers parenting classes to client mothers on parenting issues.

The organization offers transportation services to help low-income individuals get to job interviews or medical appointments. Volunteers provide these services, and clients and the driver may even use the time they spend together to develop friendships. In addition, Love INC has partnered with car repair shops across Brevard County to fix clients’ cars so that they are able to drive to work. The charity notes that reliable transportation often helps clients get off public assistance and become self-sufficient.

Love INC of the region and its volunteers collect old computers from the community in order to refurbish them. They are then provided to students or job seekers. The refurbishment process includes the installation of up-to-date software and any other enhancements that can help make them faster.

Once the computers are ready to be used again, they are given to households who cannot afford to purchase or repair a system on their own. Clients comprise students who need computers for schoolwork, college students, as well as adults who are trying to improve their computer skills and/or searching for employment. The agency encourages local residents to donate old, unused laptops or desktop computers.





A variety of other support services are available from Love INC and the churches in Brevard County. The organization helps clients fill out legal and medical forms, apply for government benefits, delivers groceries to families who lack transportation, repairs broken home appliances, and assists clients with shopping.

The home services from Love Inc. include interior and exterior painting for homes and performs minor home, plumbing and electrical repairs. If needed, the agency can install bath safety bars as well. Furthermore, Love INC offers advocacy services and visits clients’ homes to assess their needs. The organization also operates a telephone reassurance ministry.

Some of the faith based groups that are part of the network include Grace United Methodist Church, St. Paul's Anglican Church, Calvary Chapel Surfside, Church for the Beach, Brevard Worship Center, Lighthouse Assembly of God and about 20 others.

So the resources from the charity can be extensive, but they do rely on donations. To receive assistance, or maybe donate time to the charity, call their clearinghouse at 321-253-9542. Many churches participate, and individuals can learn more on their services.




By Jon McNamara

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