Love Link ministry FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Love Link, an compassionate ministry center of the Church of the Nazarene is
located in the urban core of Oklahoma City
- Does Love Link have companies like Wal-Mart, Kohl's, and Homeland that regularly donate
to it or does it solicit grants on a regular basis from companies like these?
- We're not working this area of resources as much as we should. We need someone to help
us. We did have a grocery store that regularly gave us stuff, particularly that which was about to
go out of date. Unfortunately they went out of business (I don't think it was from giving us too
much stuff!). We've also had a bakery that gave us stuff. Board member Norris Seaton (now
deceased) was excellent at getting places like Home Depot and Lowe's to donate building
supplies. We need a "scrounger" to replace him! In terms of grants, United Parcel Service (UPS)
recently gave us a grant.
- Does Love Link have businesses that give a discounted price on the supplies being used in
the ministry? If yes, then is it better to give you money for those supplies?
- We have an office supply place (not one of the big names) that gives us a discounted price
on office supplies. Again, I wish we had a "scrounger" that would cultivate contacts with
businesses and get several of them on board!
- I suppose you've included the Southern Nazarene University athletic groups and campus
clubs in your solicitations for help?
- NSI regularly sends a group to work and some of the clubs on campus have done an
occasional fund raiser or food drive for us. We haven't done much with the athletic groups. I
need to get after them and see if we can get some of the teams coming down on a regular basis.
- Does Love Link have groups that consistently provide help or goods on a regular basis?
- We have several Southern Nazarene University students that help on a weekly basis.
Several area Nazarene churches are strong supporters financially and with food. Among them
are: Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, Western Oaks Church of the Nazarene and Choctaw
Church of the Nazarene. A Baptist church in Guthrie has also been extremely helpful with
providing meals. There are several small rural Nazarene churches in Oklahoma that also
regularly help us. Cleo Springs, 30 miles west of Enid, is one that comes to mind.
- In addition to cash donations from churches and individuals where does Love Link derive its
- The rest of the needed funds came from our golf tournament, from resale and craft shop
sales and even from money earned by men living in the recovery houses.
- What amount of your budget goes for salaries? How much goes into rent and utilities?
- We have a pretty tight budget! It does help the building is paid for. Each year, though, the
buget is a leap of faith. Here's how the expenditures have sometimes broken down by
|21% ||Utilities and maintenance on main
building, craft shop and recovery houses|
|7% ||Debt service on buildings and
|7% ||Fund raising event expenses (fall golf
tournament and spring dinner)|
|6% ||Food pantry purchases when needs
exceed donated food|
|5% ||Vehicles (maintenance, tags, gasoline,
|4% ||Recovery program incentives
(example: payment to men who help with maintenance jobs)|
|2% ||Printing costs|
|1% ||Office expenses|
|1% ||Telephone / e-mail|
- If a group has a fund or food raiser, where do they deliver the goods?
- Stuff can be delivered to 1122 Linwood Blvd.
- I give used clothing and other stuff to one organization because they gave me a magnet with
their phone number to put on my refrigerator and it makes it easy when I have a bag or two.
Also, they pick up. Does Love Link pick up?
- We don't have a regular system of picking up stuff, although it can be done. I do like the
- Do families stay in the Love Link facilities or is it just men?
- Our three recovery homes are men only. We have done some talking about opening a
women's home, perhaps even finding a home whose location would be fairly anonymous so it
could shelter battered women. Southern Nazarene University students have worked at fixing up
homes in our ministry area to make them more weather-proof and thus more hospitable in the
winter (and during rain storms!)
- If yes, do you provide stuffed animals and/or toys for them?
- There's been some things done at Christmas time for the children attending All Nations
Church of the Nazarene (a church connected with Love Link).
- Does someone provide Christmas baskets for the families involved?
- At Thanksgiving, people from the Love Link Board and members of Western Oaks Church
have prepared Thanksgiving dinner for all the men in the program. Each year at Christmas we
try to find people who want to sponsor the men. Previously we've been able to provide the men in
our Sober Living Program with either new shirts or shoes, towels, socks and underwear as well
as some special candy treats. We are always looking for people who want to be sponsors/mentors
to the men in the program. I'd love to see a few people who wanted to commit to at least a year to
befriend and mentor the men when the men are ready. We have several who would benefit from
this. This is a big commitment but a worthy one.
- When you say you pay the food pantry, do you mean from the food bank or is that donated
and then you buy extra food to keep up your pantry?
- The Food Bank does charge us for what we get (although it's less than retail prices). They
have a limit on what we can get from them and it's less than what we need. While we do get
food donated from local churches, we often run short of certain items and we are obliged to
- What are the vehicles used for? How many? Did someone donate them?
- There's a donated van or two and a truck involved. The vehicles pick up foodstuffs and get
various supplies. We do an occasional pickup of donated stuff for the resale shop. Our monthly
newsletter requires a run out here to the SNU print shop and then the printed newsletters and
envelopes go to Bethany Place where they are labeled and sorted and prepared for mailing. Then
they go to the post office. One year we experimented with having a booth of the Craft Link shop
items in a crafters' mall. The men had to go out periodically to check on the display and re-stock
the booth. The men in the Sober Living Program don't have vehicles, so if they need to go to the
doctor, they go in one of the Love Link vehicles. Sometimes some of them will be in job training
programs that require some transportation to get there.
- For your printing do you have a laser printer or do you use a commercial printing company?
- Currently, most of our printing needs are met by the Southern Nazarene University print
shop. It gives us the best deal we've been able to find.
- Do you pay someone to audit Love Link and to keep the books?
- We don't pay anyone to keep the books but we do pay an auditor who also helps us with the
required IRS filings to maintain our status as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The bookkeeping
is currently done by a volunteer.
Love Link | 1122 Linwood | Oklahoma City, OK 73109-1032 |
Mailing address: PO Box 2023, Oklahoma City, OK
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