Board and Founders
In the spirit of 1 John 3:17-18, the mission of Love Acts is to demonstrate love for our brothers and sisters in the homeless community "with actions and in truth" by meeting them at their point of spiritual, physical, and financial need.
As followers of Christ, we are called out to lead by example with love and compassion, not only in word, but more so in deed. As Christians then, how can we not be moved to action when we see a person struggling and in need? As Christians we must look beyond rough exteriors and risk at those trapped as our relatives. Would you take time to help your child, brother or sister? Are we not all related through a common father?
Love Acts inspires me as an organization that seeks to do more than just provide basic needs to those who are homeless. Instead, the goal of Love Acts is to bring people out of homelessness by seeking relationships which become mentorships of positive change. Thankful and honored to serve on the board of such a great organization that seeks God's plan first and foremost in all things.
"But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus - the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God." - Acts 20:24 NLT
"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." - Gal 5:6
Love Acts serves to not only meet the physical needs of the local homeless population, but to provide for the emotional and spiritual needs as well. Jesus calls us to care for those in need and to express our faith in Him through loving others. I'm honored to be able to help with this organization; to help share the love of God to those most in need through my time and abilities.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10
Jesus came to save the lost (Luke 19:10) and he came to serve (Matthew 20:28) so we are called to do the same. I am honored to be a part of Love Acts to serve the lost.
In Luke 10, we have the parable of the Good Samaritan. It says "Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise." - Luke 10:36-37
"Go and do likewise". I sadly admit I haven't always gone and done likewise. I have a friend who started a homeless ministry in Southern Colorado. And another friend who started a homeless ministry in Central Texas. Their good works made me realize I need to start doing much more than I have.
I love the approach Love Acts is taking by trying to enable the homeless to take control of their lives "by meeting them at their point of spiritual, physical, and financial need". I want to be part of this organization. I want to be a servant for the Lord.
Founders, Honorary Board Members, and Advisors
Love Acts formed from the inspiration of Salvador Cariaga's work with the Homeless community of the East Lancaster Street area in Fort Worth, Texas in October of 2017.
"Jesus said that helping the poor is a Christian duty and responsibility. It's an obligation, not an option, to help them. Jesus was so passionate about the poor that helping or not helping them is a matter of heaven and hell to him (Matt 25:31-46). James 2 shows the same concern for the poor. What you do with them reflects a living faith and a dead faith. These verses and other passages in the Bible makes it clear that helping the poor must be a part of our daily walk. In America, the poorest of the poor are the homeless. Let us all do our share. "
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. - Ephesians 4:32 A simple act of kindness can have a ripple affect in someone's life. That means every day, every one of us has a chance to influence our world and if enough people choose kindness then we make a difference. We all have that power within us.
As Volunteer Coordinator, my role as the main communicator for volunteers is to provide orientation, experience, accommodation, safety awareness, and build mentoring relationships between the Homeless and themselves. Jesus encourages to serve others as he has served us. Therefore, I will encourage Volunteers to create meaningful and life changing relationships based on love, respect, and equality in Christ.
We continue to celebrate the life of David Lockie, our dear friend, who always had a warm smile, a humble heart and often was serving a cup of coffee. He showed us all true servanthood and selfless dedication by helping everyone he knew. Most importantly, we know through his faith in Jesus, that he has graduated to a new life in heaven with our Savior.
David's mission statement: My purpose is to equip, empower and unite Christians to impact individuals, families, churches and communities. To empower the homeless to create changes in themselves and their community and to do so in such a manner that brings all the honor and glory to God.
Our Staff & Volunteers
- James Bland
Homeless Outreach Advisor
- Lynne Holmes
Food, Beverage Outreach Unity Park
- Brian Gildon
- Jessica Aiello
- Reggie Gardner
Meeting Room and Venue Setup Lead
- Randy Gilmore
Group Facilitator and Audio-Visual Media
- Gayla Freeman