A Look Back...A Look Forward

June 27, 2017

The year 2015 has been one of great significance for LOVEtheLOU. We are a small non-profit that is constantly changing and growing. We’ve experienced lots of growing pains and have taken many risks. We are constantly stepping out of our comfort zone and pushing forward where we feel God leading us. Here is a look at our 2015:

 

MARCH
First Official volunteer group of the season


APRIL
Official launch of the new database and website (lovethelou.com)
Beekeeping began


MAY
Papers signed for the Kingshighway Building (It’s ours!)
Third Community Garden started
17 neighbors planted in the Enright Community Gardens
Mentoring project began with an out of town retreat
Intern, Caleb House, Joined the team for the summer


JUNE
Hosted first block party of the year
First week long volunteer group of the year
Jake got married!


JULY
Three more week long groups came to serve LOVEtheLOU
Mentees continue to work hard each Saturday


AUGUST
LOVEtheLOU office is moved Kingshighway building
Mentor Project Graduation held (each student successfully finished the program)


SEPTEMBER
Finished first Lutheran Foundation Grant Cycle
Received second Lutheran Foundation Grant


OCTOBER
First festival held at Kingshighway building
Second community garden is complete
Final volunteer group came to serve


NOVEMBER
Eight out of ten apartments are ready to rent
Second Annual Fundraising Banquet (we raised $20,000.00!)

 

Our three person team looks at that list and we each think to ourselves “Ahhha…so that’s why we’re all so tired!”

 

For as long as LOVEtheLOU has been in existence it has been in a state of change and growth. It’s been an awesome ride! But it has become blindingly apparent to us recently that we are entering a season where our impact must be DEEPENED rather than widened. We have set the foundation and it is our goal to really strengthen it this year. This means focusing on organization, processes, procedures, and current relationships. I think it will be a beautiful year full of Jesus continuing to move in our city. I can’t wait to share stories with you all!

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