Hyde Park Receives Commendation

Hyde Park Receives Commendation

On June 21, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners recognized Hyde Park United Methodist for its Cold Weather Shelter ministry. Hyde Park is a participant in the county’s plan to provide temporary shelter for residents without adequate heat and persons experiencing homelessness. The commissioners issued a commendation to the church for serving more than 45 percent of the total individuals in the county needing temporary cold weather shelter this year.

Don Aiken, Hyde Park’s Cold Weather Shelter ministry leader, led a team of volunteers who prepared meals, distributed mats and blankets, and provided comfort to our overnight guests. In total, the Hyde Park’s Cold Weather Shelter assisted 611 individuals.

Thank you and congratulations to all of the volunteers on the Cold Weather Shelter team! To get involved with our Cold Weather Shelter ministry, sign up here.

Serve with Love INC

Love INC has a few new ways for you to get involved! Our mission is to mobilize the church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ – helping churches help people. Below are a few requests and calls to action that directly impact our guests.

Love INC volunteers have been walking with a family over the last year coordinating a yard and home clean up, mentoring and air conditioning repair, which ultimately led to reunification between parent and children. The family is thriving, however, they needed a new roof during this time. The mother has been working hard to save a substantial contribution towards a new roof and is ready to move forward.

This is where our wonderful network of churches come in!  Do you know of a contractor or roofer in your church or network with a servant’s heart? Please share this to explore how we can partner.

Calling All Handymen: We need volunteers to complete some minor repairs on a mobile home for a guest of Love INC. She is scheduled for hip and knee replacement surgery in August and these repairs are imperative for her to continue to live independently and age in place safely in her home. The first priority is to secure her metal stair rail; repair broken latch on screen door located at the top of the stairs; re-attach an awning to her trailer.

Help Center Volunteers needed: Did you know the Love INC Help Center is the foundation of our ministry and is solely staffed by trained volunteers? We are seeking additional volunteers to fill available slots on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Office hours are from 9 a.m. — 1 p.m. and located in The Portico downtown. Volunteers can make their own schedule and can serve in all aspects of the Help Center.

Interested in serving in office? Join us for our next Volunteer Orientation 10 a.m. – noon Saturday, June 29 at The Portico and RSVP here.

If you feel you can assist in any of these roles or would like more information, please reach out to Jennifer Agana at 813-222-5683 or jagana@loveinctampa.org to learn how you can get involved.


September is Hunger Action Month

Hunger Action Month is a 30-day event, each year, where people just like you, join together in the mission to end hunger. It’s typically held in September and is fast growing as a national event.

Some people participate by following the Hunger Action Month Calendar, others volunteer to serve at some point in September to be a hands-on part of the mission to end hunger, and others host an event during the month to raise awareness of the problem and the mission. To keep reading, click here.

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News from Shining The Light Ministries

His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning so that here we are again grateful to our LORD for the opportunities. Awesome work has been done in each community!

Through our visits to these communities, we were able to see crops blooming and producing. We celebrate these examples:

  • The rainy season has started and the rain has been good for all of the crops.
  • In this cycle, we have the implementation of new seed like of zucchini and onion beside other seeds like tomatoes, green peppers, watermelon, squash, green beans and cucumbers.
  • Pastor Fausto Perez is sharing the gospel of Christ in each community. He visited El Marañonal, Las Parcelas and 28 de Mayo this month.
  • Attendance is very good with people from each community despite some families being sick. They need medicine and treatment to improve their health.
  • People from the communities are sharing testimonies that Bible study is motivating and the way pastor Fausto teaches is well organized. Through gospel he has reached souls for CHRIST praise the LORD.

To keep reading, click here.

Love INC June Events and Serving Opportunities

Lunch and Learn, Wednesday, June 17
11:30 a.m.: Registration and Networking: 11:30 a.m.;
Noon—1 p.m: Lunch and Program: Noon-1 p.m.
The Portico Cafe Conversation Room
RSVP here

Volunteer Orientation, Saturday, June 29
10 a.m. – noon: Love INC office – 3rd Floor of The Portico
RSVP here

Serving Opportunities at Love INC

Our goal is to have three volunteers in the Help Center each day. The Help Center is open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday- Friday.
Most volunteers serve one day per week or pick a couple of times each month.

Volunteers in the Help Center can assist with any of the following:

  • Administrative duties
  • Answering phones
  • Intake interviews
  • Reference verification
  • Resourcing and appointment scheduling
  • Follow up calls
  • Excel data entry
  • Resource verification (new and existing)
  • Resource data entry
  • Resource Coordinator
  • Office Phone Intake
  • Prayer Card Ministry

For more information about these events and serving opportunities, please contact Lindsey Hale, Church Relations Coordinator, 727.900.5597, lhale@loveinctampa.org

Love INC (In the Name of Christ) addresses social services gaps by connecting trained Christian servants offering validated, appropriate resources for qualified neighbors in need. ‘Love Stories’ are outcomes of our intentionally relational faith journey of donor, recipient and community being transformed. Joy becomes our shared reality. Love INC is a proven, Christ-centered poverty alleviation model that has impacted millions of lives and hundreds of communities since 1977.

News from Missionaries Dave and Julie Eberhard

Dear family and friends,

Just like our little backyard garden, we are beginning to see fruit from seeds of thoughts and actions from this spring. There always has to be time for planning and preparing, and this spring has been part of that. First, we decided to cancel our trip to Sao Tome, Africa, which we were to do in March/April. The timing just didn’t seem right, especially for Julie who was wanting to find a part time teaching job for the fall. And sure enough, she got some leads which resulted in a 2-day a week position at a local community college teaching remedial math for students trying to get their math scores up to college level. She’s really looking forward to having this interaction with students again, while still giving her time to help (daughter) Dana babysit our grandson Ari twice a week. To keep reading, click here.

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