. . . 100s of evacuees moved to Columbia, and a charity furniture bank was born...
The Love Seat began in 2009, as a furniture bank to provide essential items needed by families in crisis or transition. It was one of the initial programs of Love Columbia (formerly Love INC of Columbia), whose mission is to connect community relationships and resources to "love people forward." Each year, over 200 families receive furniture, housewares and other essential items to help them create stable homes.
In 2010, The Love Seat thrift store opened to support the growing furniture bank and other Love Columbia programs, with 100% of its profits dedicated to helping those seeking help move to stability. Love Columbia has become and "intersection of needs and resources" in Columbia, connecting people seeking help with the relationships and resources needed to move forward. Love Columbia's coaching programs help people improve their money-management skills and employment, housing, and transportation situations.
Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005
The furniture bank continues to help local families in transition and crisis through profits from the store and gently-used donations.
Nearly 33,000 people live at or below the federal poverty line in Columbia – that’s the combined populations of Fulton, Mexico, Centralia, and Fayette!
The Love keeps giving
% of Our Clients in Poverty
People in Poverty in Missouri
People in Poverty in Columbia
Increase in Clients 2015-2016
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Increase in Clients 2016-2017
Sherri has overseen warehouse employees, and organized our volunteers since September 2010. (The beginning of The Love Seat!)
In 2009, Carol obtained 4,000 square feet of donated space from her friend Rocky Phillippe and The Love Seat had its first home. She organized parking lot sales to raise funds to put gas in the truck and cover the cost of utilities. In 2010, Love INC rented space above the donated warehouse and officially opened The Love Seat Resale store.
Co-Founder, Love Columbia Executive Director
Jane is a long-time social worker in Columbia. Prior to Love Columbia, she co-founded Granny’s House and Center for Women’s Ministries. Jane is a field instructor for the University of Missouri School of Social Work and benevolence director at Christian Fellowship Church.
Pat served as Board Chair from 2007-2016, before becoming the Executive Director in 2017. He has encouraged pastors and church city-wide relationships since the 1990’s. His work includes March for Jesus, House of the Lord Ministries, K-life, Pentecost Sunday Service, Columbia Area Pastor’s Fellowship, and Trinity Ministries.