Love In the Name of Christ Pierce County exists to unify the Body of Christ, meeting the needs of our neighbors. Since 2002, we have been privileged to serve over 33,000 families in the county, impacting countless more lives. Today, we have 6 staff members, a Clearinghouse, Christian Bookstore, various Gap Ministries, and over 100 local church partners. In 2000, a group of 11 churches came together, wanting to work together to meet the needs of their community. They were tired of working alone, being overwhelmed by the multitude of the need in Pierce County.
The first year and half of Love INC was focused on getting the organization off the ground, struggling the whole way. After much hard work, it looked as if Love INC Pierce County was going to close. However, in July 2002, things turned around. Sherry Phinisey came on as the new Executive Director, relaunching the dream of those 11 churches. The new office was a 70 year old mobile home with three desks, one computer, and a fax machine. Building off of a new Clearinghouse manager and various volunteers, the church base grew from 11 churches to over 100 within three years.
What started as a Clearinghouse that received 25 calls a month, we have now taken over 500 calls within a month (averaging around 300). Our first year’s budget was $30,000 dollars, today it takes $230,000 a year to run all of our programs. Take a look at our brief timeline:
Glory to God! He is the reason we do what we do.