Love INC in Whatcom County
In 1988 Whatcom Love INC began serving the needs of struggling families coordinated with churches and local agencies. For several years prior to this time a group of churches occasionally joined together for helping projects. They eventually saw the need for more consistent service and expansion of participation by church volunteers and decided to become affiliated with the National Love INC association.
Initially housed in donated space on Northwest Avenue, the Love INC operations moved to their current location in the Bellingham Irongate area, thanks to the generosity of Bellingar Storage. Besides providing for multiple work stations, this location allowed the furniture supply ministry to expand into a continuous warehousing and delivery program.
Starting with just half a dozen founding churches the organization grew to about 30 members in the first ten years and added yet another 5 churches by 2010. Early pioneers in the ministry including board leaders were Harley Hiller (deceased), Kathy and Curtis Atnaeson, Barbara Holmes, and long time Executive Director Colleen Miller.
Under Miller’s supervision, a part time Clearinghouse Coordinator was employed and a strong team of phone volunteers assembled. Ginger Hansey (now deceased) was a long time, faithful Coordinator demonstrating great resourcefulness. Other Executive Directors and Board leaders in recent years include Kae Unrein, Greg DePaul, Don Galloway, and John Thomas.
With daily prayer and evidence of God’s hand at every juncture, the Whatcom Love INC Christian church partnership has helped thousands of at-risk of broken families and individuals threatened by homelessness with financial coaching, referrals, and help with basic home requirements.
By God’s grace, Whatcom Love INC is celebrating 28 years of service in Whatcom county.