Fighting broken beginnings with open arms. Gifts of Love International is a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of underprivileged children and adolescents in Guatemala and Haiti. With God’s love, we reshape children’s lives through physical, mental, and spiritual avenues by providing a loving home, daily meals, healthcare, an education, and an on-campus ministry to nearly 1,000 kids worldwide. Jesus continues to be bigger than a child’s past, and the hope one needs moving forward.
iKhaya LikaBaba is a non-profit organization based in Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The name iKhaya LikaBaba is an isiZulu phrase that means “House of the Father”. We provide excellent care that is individualized according to each child’s needs. Our full time staff consists of a Coordinator, an Assistant, Social Worker, House Mothers, Child & Youth Care Workers and Caregivers. We also host full time volunteers who generally come to us from other nations and serve iKhaya as their ministry to Christ for a year. Local volunteers who consist of registered nurses, occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists, and maintenance assistants also serve iKhaya in the time they have available. Our aim is to provide well-balanced physical, social, and emotional care aimed at developing each child to his or her full potential.
Teams are mobilized to help meet the physical and spiritual needs of individuals on the streets of Columbus and at the Columbus Dream Center location. Free meals, showers, laundry and other resources are offered and serve to connect individuals with their next steps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served at the Columbus Dream Center throughout the week. Guests receive a meal while experiencing life-changing community and the opportunity to learn about and take their next step (housing, jobs, relationship with Jesus, etc.). Click the photo above to learn more about how you can do meal night serving or street outreach with the Dream Center located next to 614 Church.
Domestic violence is a terrible and increasingly pervasive problem that tears apart families and communities. Victims and their children who are living with an abuser need a safe place to go to break the cycle of violence and begin the healing process. LSS CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence has been the sole resource for victims seeking shelter in Franklin County for more than four decades. As part of the Lutheran Social Services’ Network of Hope, the mission is to create a better world by serving people in need. We live out our faith by interrupting the cycle of domestic violence in our community and advocating for social change.