Journey INC

Since opening our doors in October 2006, Love INC of Heart of Florida (Love INC) has grown from its original seven partner churches to forty-four.

Starting in 2005, thanks to your support, our founders have helped build a vibrant, high impact ministry, now poised for its next level of transformational growth to serve more people.

Transformation is a process…Over the past five years Love INC has been preparing for Journey In the Name of Christ (Journey INC). Three years ago Love INC started training and equipping the local Church on Redemptive Compassion/When Helping Hurts. Two years ago George & Michelle Prinzing of Tri-County Baptist Church attended training at Love INC and a seed was planted. January of 2020 a commitment to exploring Journey INC at Tri-County Baptist Church gave hope that it was possible.

In spite of a worldwide pandemic God chose to continue pressing towards Journey INC. In early August 2020, twenty-five volunteers came together in person and virtually to be trained to launch Journey INC. On September 8, 2020 we officially launched Journey INC calling the program T4M (we instituted the name change in October 2021 to more closely represent the heart of the program) at partner church Tri-County Baptist Church with 15 families in attendance.

 

Love INC Today

Each Tuesday night at 5:15pm families meet at Tri-County Baptist Church to break bread, pray, and learn practical life skills that are helping to transform their lives. Over the past 2 years, Love INC has completed ten 12-week courses with 87 adult participants. Love INC is one step closer to its vision of Community Transformation.

Love INC's Next Level

Fully functioning, well staffed Journey INC, – as we continue our growth within the relational ministry model, we are now in the position to grow this next step; comprehensive transformational ministries with our Journey INC program. This involves the development of a series of classes in which Love INC volunteers provide self -improvement and transformational opportunities to groups of people in our Tri-County community. The Love INC transformational ministry is designed to address those on-going issues that keep people in poverty, by building connections and new relationships, identifying strengths, learning new skills, achieving success and healing past wounds that negatively impact ones hope for the future.
Transformational Workshops
These have been held in churches and virtually with volunteers from partner churches, along with our affiliate’s Client Mobilizers that mentor Clearinghouse clients as they work on long term goals like budgeting and career exploration
Why Journey INC, comprehensive transformational ministry training classes for our community?
Heart of Florida community has immediate learning needs beyond Love INC’s current offerings.
Love INC can scale its community impact with Journey INC offerings not offered elsewhere.
Our experience shows when we are able to offer one-on-one learning with our client, relationships develop and goals are more readily achieved.
Classes reach more people and provide a supportive peer learning environment, which is enhanced with mentor coaching.
Pastors of partner churches want their members to be trained and engaged in meaningful community outreach.
Volunteers participate in learning opportunities and establish personal relationships with our guests.
Participants have opportunities to give back through Journey INC leadership roles.
Journey INC strengthens and transforms our community.

Love INC curriculum within the transformational framework:

Through Love INC National, all Love INC Affiliates have access to powerful curricula designed to benefit our neighbors in need. Our staff and volunteers are already trained in or are being trained in several of these curricula including:

AFFIRMING POTENTIAL

Goal setting to help people move out of need into the life God intends for them.

FAITH AND FINANCES

Understanding our connection to money/spending and how to manage effectively.

BOUNDARIES

Ensuring emotional wellbeing by establishing healthy boundaries.

PUTTING YOUR PAST IN ITS PLACE

Learning to work through the past in a healthy way for a bright future.

“Love INC of the Heart of Florida (Love INC) represents our love story, vision and legacy; personally, and communally, for the Tri-County area.”

Dana Parker, Vision Carrier

Journey INC Program Goals

Build and train a team of Christian volunteers to offer learning opportunities that will provide participants with knowledge, skills, and supportive relationships to change behaviors that have kept them in material, spiritual, and relational poverty.
Successfully implement and sustain on going learning opportunities for our community.
Increase successful, life-affirming outcomes “Love Stories” for our clients who have been referred to Love INC.
Increase mutual relationships and understanding between our church volunteers and community participants.

Journey INC Program Outcomes - 1st Year

1

Hire a Journey INC Coordinator.

2

Train a minimum of 10 facilitators (at least two per curriculum) to provide three trimesters of up to 12-week sessions. Classes meet once a week while in session.

3

Recruit 30-member church volunteers to create volunteer teams for each of our churches to rotate responsibility for meals, child care and incentives.

4

One-hundred (100) people in need will complete at least one program session.

5

Twenty-five (25) volunteers will be trained to function as mentor coaches for individuals completing Faith and Finance or Affirming Potential.  

6

Participants have opportunities to give back in Journey INC leadership roles.

Journey INC Growth Timeline

During the last quarter of 2020, we will be implementingseveral steps simultaneously as we prepare for growing Journey INC 2021 to full potential. During this time, we will be recruiting volunteers, training facilitators, and completing Love INC mandatory training required to implement Journey INC programs.
Oct-Nov, 2020
Volunteers and staff attend Facilitator Training for Work-Life.
Nov 5th - 6th 2020
Love INC of Metro Tampa hosts in person Work-Life session.
Nov-Dec, 2020
Start to recruit and train additional volunteer teams from our partner churches.
January 2021
Second Trimester of Journey INC classes begin.
January 2021
Begin Faith and Finance 12-week session and assign mentors to participants.
2021
Our second sessions begin early 2021 for financial health and well-being. Volunteer Facilitators have been trained and certified to facilitate “Faith and Finance”, a curriculum developed by the Chalmer’s Center whose mission is to “equip the local church to address broken relationships at the root of material poverty, living our Jesus’ Kingdom today”.