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Submitted by admin on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 21:58

HISTORY

In Love INC's infancy, we surveyed Columbia to determine community needs. The largest request was to establish a furniture ministry similar to the Mid-Missouri Furniture Bank which was created to assist hurricane Katrina evacuees who relocated to Columbia.  We inherited the Mid-Missouri furniture bank's 1988 box truck and this became our first storage and delivery vehicle. In 2009 Columbia business owner, Rocky Phillippe, donated 4,000 square feet of space and The Love Seat Furniture Bank was born.  

The furniture bank expanded through our partnership with Missouri Department of Corrections.  Grants allowed us to purchase another truck and provide transitional employment for ex-offenders who were provided with work experience and mentoring and given an opportunity to give back to the community.  Love INC has also partnered with Experience Works and Missouri Department of Vocational Rehabilitation to provide transitional employment for older and disabled individuals transitioning back to the workforce.

The Love Seat Resale Store opened in 2010 to help raise money to support the Love Seat Furniture Bank. The store sells furniture, housewares, and clothing. Love Seat clients can shop there using vouchers. 

The Love Seat seeks to minister to those in crisis and transition.  The Love Seat Furniture/Clothing Ministry provides for:

  • people transitioning from shelters, halfway houses, incarcerations and treatment facilities.
  • disaster victims.
  • refugees.
  • teenagers aging out of foster care.
  • individuals prioritized by local churches or agencies.

In 2015 and 2016 we provided about $65,000 worth of furniture to individuals and families in need.