2 days ago
Mike shared this with the team at Love INC of Metro Tampa a while ago, and we've been meaning to post it forever:
"During our bi-weekly Sacred Heart Church St. Vincent de Paul collections, I monitor the Twiggs Street collection basket. Last week, after being seated for our 10:30 Mass, I noticed a homeless man sitting next to the basket containing $20 dollars in loose bills. My focus during Mass was the potential thief. When I could get close, I retrieved the $20 bills before they were stolen. At the conclusion of Mass, the homeless man passed by the basket I was holding and gave his offering - $.45 cents. He gave sacrificially; far more than my abundance contribution."
"And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.” - Luke 21:1-4 ... See MoreSee Less
1 week ago
Last month over 20 youth participating in our our newest partner church Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church's Disciple Now program, served at Love INC and The Portico Cafe. They assembled items for residents at The Graham, a 55+ apartment complex, operated by Gracepoint Wellness. The following day they visited The Graham and spent the afternoon playing bingo, visiting and singing to the excited residents. This is what the mobilized church looks like—helping Tampa flourish! ... See MoreSee Less
2 weeks ago
What's different about Love INC? Watch our Executive Director Ann Doyle explain, and learn about our guiding principles of Redemptive Compassion. Thanks to our summer interns Judah and Ben Fox for assembling this video for us! At Love INC, volunteers, guests and the community grow in relationship and thrive. ... See MoreSee Less
Love INC of Metro Tampa's Board of Director’s Co-Chair, Rev. Dr. Kathleen Moore of partner church St. John's Episcopal Church Tampa, Fl, shared this Franciscan blessing at our fundraiser breakfast. It bears repeating. ... See MoreSee Less
Here's a love story of rescue, redemption and restoration of self-esteem to start off your day. Love INC of Metro Tampa recently helped one of our Portico Workforce Housing Solutions guests ("Ned") with travel home to attend his daughter’s fifth grade graduation. He and his daughter are very close, though as an absentee parent dealing with homelessness, Ned has struggled to maintain his relationship and had previously not been able to return home.
Love INC bought Ned's train ticket, and he made a mutual contribution by paying for his food and other travel expenses. He was able to reconnect with his daughter and celebrate this milestone with dignity. Ned works hard and has been a great addition to the Portico Workforce Housing Solutions and Love INC families. Find out more about how you can get involved and advocate boldly for those He loves at www.loveinctampa.org ... See MoreSee Less
Love INC founding member church Sacred Heart Tampa recently assigned Franciscan friar in formation James, from upstate New York, to Love INC's care as a summer intern. His request to Love INC: “Teach me how to serve, with accountability.” For the summer months, before returning to his NY Province, James will immerse himself in all aspects of Love INC office activities in the morning and shadow our resource coordinators in the field in the afternoons. In this picture, James is learning about Hyde Park United Methodist Church's Open Arms program. This is what mobilized churches look like! ... See MoreSee Less
A full house! Volunteers from four Love INC partner churches, representing four denominations, are ready to start prayers and a day in the help center serving guests. Love INC's partner churches and volunteers create high impact outcomes, and help Tampa flourish. Want to get involved? Visit: www.loveinctampa.org/volunteer/ ... See MoreSee Less
Love INC helps our guests transform from chaos to stability; lives lived as God intended. Trained Love INC mentor/coaches invest an hour or two weekly in a one-on-one relationship with our vetted guests. They journey together with accountability and mutuality. In this even exchange, both partners grow in the relationship. Imagine the possibilities! Are you interested in becoming a mentor to a neighbor in need? Visit www.loveinctampa.org/volunteer/ ... See MoreSee Less