Love in the Name of Christ of Livingston assistance programs.

Applicants to Love in the Name of Christ of the Greater Livingston Area may be provided short term help along with guidance from the Clearinghouse on the correct steps to take to gain stability. The agency and its partners, such as local churches, Feeding America and the United Way in Livingston County Michigan, offer solutions to tackling poverty. They also advocate on behalf of the working poor in the community.

Assistance programs are run by local churches. The Clearinghouse provides referrals to them, but all resources come and go and change throughout the year or months. Some of what may be offered on occasion includes, but is not limited too, free groceries from a food pantry; Information on medical care from the Affordable Care Act; one time rental or energy bill help; clothing or furniture from a thrift store; and much more. An intake/application process will need to be adhered to as part of the Love in the Name of Christ process.

The organization, and the Clearinghouse, is made up of dozens of churches. Some of them include the following, but there are many more. Examples include Community Bible, Lord of Life Lutheran Church, Fowlerville Church of the Nazarene, St. Stephen’s Episcopal, First Baptist Church of Howell, The Road Community Church and many others.

Child, seniors, and families in a crisis can get free food. The charity as well as the local churches in Livingston County will focus on ensuring that the less fortunate have their basic needs met. Not only may a bag or two of groceries be given out, but when possible there may be vouchers allocated so the family can shop for goods at the thrift store.

Love in the Name of Christ of Livingston believes that by offering some basic items, such as some canned or fresh food, this will help the household free up some of their income for paying other critical bills. If a low income family in Livingston County Michigan can save a few dollars each month by using the pantry, then they may have a little extra money to pay for their housing, any medications they need, or even gasoline for work.

Based on donations, the store as well as pantry may have baby formula, clothing for work, fruits, vegetables, and during thanksgiving or Christmas, the toppings for holiday meals. Volunteers from across the community also work at the location to help clients.





Love in the Name of Christ of the Greater Livingston Area Clearinghouse is open Monday through Thursday for a few hours around the noon-hours. It serves as a place of comfort as well as information on financial aid. Counselors work with members of the Livingston Michigan community who have a variety of needs, including the following.

  • Those with disabilities.
  • The homeless.
  • Veterans use the center.
  • Clients may need addiction treatment.
  • Other assistance is for single mothers.
  • People in poverty can get referrals to LIHEAP for paying heating or energy bills.

The office offers information a wide variety of church based resources and assistance for men, women, and children in Livingston County region. Among other things, case manager assist individuals in obtaining permanent housing or emergency shelter. There is also support for employment, as well as vision screenings, medical clinics, addiction recovery placement, assistance with social security or  IDs, HIV testing, or referrals for psychiatric care. -All clients can enroll into a monthly credit counseling class.

Love Inc. in Livingston Winter Coat Project – The program run by churches collects and distributes clean, gently used winter attire. There may be the following:
Coats and jackets.
Gloves, hats, scarves.
Boots or shoes.




The project is for all age groups, but there is greater need for coats to fit children from Livingston Michigan from 12 months through teen boys and girls. Adults and the homeless also need winter coats, and the sizes are  Large, Extra Large, 1X, 2X, and 3X are also needed.

The Clearinghouse also offers other services too. As noted, it is referral based to everything from food to financial aid or budgeting classes. Churches are committed to assisting the less fortunate, and dial (517) 552-3620 for information.


By Jon McNamara

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