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Mid-Hudson Love In the Name of Christ Update March 15, 2017

On Monday, March 16, 2009, the Mid-Hudson Love In the Name of Christ Clearinghouse opened for the very first time.  Word spread quickly, and within two weeks, we were working with ten families in need!  This week, on our 8th Anniversary, we honor the many volunteers and supervisors who have faithfully answered phones, listened with tender hearts, prayed, processed requests, and daily offered Christ’s love and grace to hundreds of local individuals looking for help and hope.  THANK YOU for the work you have done, and continue to do, In the Name of Christ.

If you (or someone you know) are looking for a way to make a difference in someone’s life, why not consider volunteering with Mid-Hudson Love INC?!  Volunteers are needed to either visit homebound clients or to attend 4-week life-skills “Building Hope” workshops as a partner to a neighbor in need. Volunteer Training for our Relational Ministry is coming soon. There are two training sessions, which can be taken in any order.  On Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. we will offer training session #2 (active listening, boundaries, support).  Training session #1 (generational poverty, goal-setting, expectations) will be offered on Thursday, March 23, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.  Both of these training sessions will be held at New Beginnings Church (35 DeGarmo Road, Poughkeepsie).  For more information or to RSVP, contact Volunteer Coordinator Jewel Ratzlaff at 845-896-4126 or info@mhlinc.org.

Do you have a car and a little free time this spring? Please consider driving motivated Love INC clients to and/or from workshops at Changepoint Church (260 Mill Street, Poughkeepsie). We have workshops on Tuesday evenings, Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Please contact Jewel Ratzlaff at 896-4126 or jewel.ratzlaff@gmail.com if you can help.

Our Furniture Ministry is in need of dressers. Call 471-0102, #2 or email furniture@mhlinc.org if you have a dresser that you could donate to a neighbor in need.

We are excited to announce our Spring 2017 Relational Ministry Workshops!  These are opportunities for our Love In the Name of Christ clients to experience growth, relationship-building and transformation in their lives.  On Tuesday evenings, we will be offering a Post-Release Support Group for Men, a workshop for men re-entering the community following incarceration.  It will be facilitated by a former parolee.  We will also be offering a Journey from Grief to Healing Class for Women on Tuesday evenings for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.  On Thursday evenings, our neighbors will have the opportunity to take part in an ALPHA – Introduction to Christ class.  We will be offering a Building Hope Workshop on Saturday mornings, building trust, discovering goals, and setting financial plans.  If you would like more information on how you can partner with us and support these and other Love INC ministries, please contact Jewel Ratzlaff, Volunteer Coordinator, at 845-896-4126 or info@mhlinc.org.

We put our hope in the Lord.  He is our help and our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name.  Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.  ~ Psalm 33:20-22