Love In the Name of Christ catches those who fall through cracks

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For people on the brink of homelessness or just in need of a little extra financial assistant, Love In the Name of Christ (Love INC) is here to help.

The organization has been in Craig since 2000 and pulls resources from the church community to help people in tight financial situations get back on their feet.

“The churches needed something: a way to work together without duplicating requests,” said Pat Jones, executive director of Love INC.

While not an emergency organization, they do help coordinate emergency housing for people who don’t have the cash for rent, let alone a security deposit, in need of a place to stay for a couple months.

On top of that, the organization helps provide financial assistance for payments on car insurance, security deposits, utility bills and other needs. Love INC pulls other resources together too by teaching life-skill classes and providing basic needs like diapers, school supplies and brown-bag lunches for children.

They do this by working with local organizations and churches. They act as a tool for local churches to determine where and how to provide assistance to those in need.

“When the people fell through the cracks we catch them,” Jones said.

They don’t always dole out aid — Jones said they have to be selective to make sure they have the most effective impact.

“We can take individuals who don’t have income, but they have to be able to work,” she said.

Tammy Workman has been volunteering with Love INC since October 2013. She said she felt called by God to this work.

“I know there are those that kind of don’t help themselves, but there are those that really do and we need to help lift up the ones that are just struggling,” Workman said.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@craigdailypress.com.

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