The families in this program are referred to the program. This is not assistance that a client can request. Referrals are gathered from school counselors, church pastors, and families that had called Love INC for help during this past year.
Potential families are pre-screened in the month of October. In November, names and phone numbers of those families that are accepted into the program during the pre-screening phase are split up among the various members on the Adopt a Family committee to interview.
During the interview we find out about the family needs – things that would benefit the family such as groceries, fuel, etc. and to gather ideas from family members (Wish Lists) as well as clothing needs and sizes.
Then the committee meets weekly to make the matches, taking into account the needs of the family and the wishes of the sponsor in order to make the best match possible! This process takes time and is completed before Thanksgiving giving sponsors time they need to gather gifts for the families.