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Love, INC moving to new facility

Posted Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 3:44 PM

Love In the Name of Christ will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at its new location, 225 Sheridan St. in Cape Girardeau,

A brief dedication service will begin at 3.

"This is an important milestone for our ministry," said Jeff Fanger, chair, Love In the Name of Christ's board of directors. "We have experienced exponential growth, both in the number of requests we receive and in the services we are able to provide. Our new location will allow us to meet these needs in a much more efficient and effective manner."

The organization was previously housed in space donated by St. Andrew Lutheran Church.

"Our services have grown to a point where we need to have a location that is more clearly identified with our ministry," said executive director Eva Hillis. "We are people driven, not need driven, and our new location will allow us to focus on developing creative ways to walk alongside our clients."

It also gives the organization the opportunity to increase our hours of operation as we identify additional volunteers to take phone calls, she said.

Love in the Name of Christ works to coordinate individuals and church ministries, matching people in need with Christians who can help them.

Instead of providing funds for paying bills, they provide tangible goods and services that allow people to use the funds they have available to meet their expenses.

People requesting assistance are screened to assess the extent and nature of their need, and verification is completed to ensure the request is legitimate. Referrals are then made to individuals, churches, agencies and government offices as appropriate.

Earlier this summer, Love INC sponsored presentation on understanding poverty in our community. Here's a link to read more: http://www.semissourian.com/story/173394...

Separate open houses will be held for church staff and community agency representatives on Friday, August 26. Church employees are invited to visit between 9 and 11 a.m., while representatives from local community agencies may visit between 2 and 4 p.m.

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Melissa Miller is business editor at The Southeast Missourian. A graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School, she's worked as a reporter, photographer, editor and as the executive director of two not-for-profit organizations. After living in Michigan and then Indiana, she moved back to her hometown of Jackson, Mo. In addition to writing daily stories for The Southeast Missourian, Melissa coordinates editorial content each month for Business Today. Business Today is a monthly publication for southeast Missouri's business community. Monthly themes include health care, agriculture, women in business, technology and more. Business Today is direct mailed to business owner and managers throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Follow her updates on local business developments at www.twitter.com/semissourianbiz or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelissaMillerSoutheastMissourian

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