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Otter Tail County Love INC chapter nears launch after two years

Area churches still provide the individual services that they offer — such as gas cards, diapers, clothing and more — and Love INC acts as a connecting point between the churches.

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PERHAM — After almost two years of gradual baby steps, the Love INC (Love In the Name of Christ) chapter of Greater East Otter Tail is close to becoming a visibly active organization .

The desire to establish a Love INC chapter in East Otter Tail County originated with the Perham area Ministerial Association in the spring of 2020. Area clergy were concerned about how to unite the efforts of their churches to be able to more effectively serve people in need, and Love INC was proposed as a solution.

Area churches still provide the individual services that they offer — such as gas cards, diapers, clothing and more — and Love INC acts as a connecting point between the churches. This way, people in need can get all information about needed services in one place.

After that spring discussion among the Ministerial Association, a small committee was formed to further investigate how Love INC might work in the East Otter Tail area. That committee grew into the Love INC Development Team, which has continued to work through the various steps involved in establishing the county's chapter.

At long last, the Development Team is about ready to hand over the reins to the first Board of Directors for the Love INC chapter of Greater East Otter Tail. These final steps will take place as the Board of Directors is trained during the weekend of Jan. 13-14. That same weekend, the Development Team and Board of Directors will be hosting a Love INC Vision Casting Event for local clergy and community leaders on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 9 a.m. at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Perham.

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Once the Board of Directors is trained, there is much work ahead. The Board of Directors will be finding and securing a physical location for the Love INC offices, establishing a bank account and developing a budget, hiring and training a site director, seeking and training volunteers, and much more. Even so, the goal is for Love INC of Greater East Otter Tail to be up and running within the first three months of 2023.

For more information on Love INC, go to www.loveinc.org

More updates on Love INC of Greater East Otter Tail to come.

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