Love Inc. expands outreach in new building
After 2 years of purchasing the former Granite Buick building and plenty of remodeling - Love INC has a new residence - a centralized ministry center on East Omaha St.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Love INC. began as a strategy to help churches help people in need.
Locally, they host life skills classes, train and mentor youth and much more. Monday was the last moving day into their new building.
Moving is never fun, but many people jumped on board to help.
John Ligtenberg, Love Inc. Executive Director, says,
“I’ve got board members here, I’ve got regular volunteers, I’ve got people who just show up once in a while and we also have participants, people who have taken our classes who have come, so it’s been just a great morning of getting dirty and getting some stuff moved and helping Love Inc. and the community out.”
The new space expands the outreach and opportunity for program participants and will be a place where volunteers and participants can connect and a place churches can house ministries.
There will be a couple of retail stores, but also workshops where people can come and earn items for their home like furniture, and kitchen items, or even bikes in the Thrive Adventure Store.
“So it’s really like a collaborative arrangement where people are giving back and getting items for their home and their life.”
When a used piece of furniture gets donated, skilled volunteers along with participants of Love Inc. programs will refurbish it. Then that item will be for sale and the participant can earn their way to purchasing a piece of furniture for their home.
Tina Conroy began as a participant in the programs and was earning her way to purchase a bike, then became a volunteer and stuck with it.
“I participated and then I became a full-time volunteer and I just love the ambition that they install in women and men and give them a skill, give them worth and also share Jesus with people.”
The organization plans on being fully settled in the new building in the weeks to come.