Love INC of Columbia opened its doors on May, 2008, after two years of support base development among churches and agencies. Local founders Jane Williams and Pat McMurry both had invested years developing church cooperation for various projects including benevolence ministry, pastor support, and city-wide worship events.
In 2006, Hurricane Katrina provided needed catalyst for the concept of Love INC locally. Jane Williams (Christian Fellowship and Columbia social worker) and Peggy Kirkpatrick (The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri) were instrumental in networking churches to provide relief services for Katrina victims relocating here. Their efforts and others culminated in the development of Boone County Partnership’s Disaster Relief Center and laid the foundation for Mid Missouri Furniture Bank. Columbia’s churches response to the influx of refugees brought the realization of the importance of intentional, ongoing cooperation and coordination of benevolence ministry.
The first Love INC was founded in 1977 by a pastor/social worker in Holland, Michigan. Love INC now has over 150 affiliates, in 30 states.