Love Inc., the charity network that helped dozens of seniors in the aftermath of last year’s Windermere apartment fire, has a new home. The group, which offers assistance to people going through …
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Love Inc., the charity network that helped dozens of seniors in the aftermath of last year’s Windermere apartment fire, has a new home.
The group, which offers assistance to people going through hardship, hopes its new building at Littleton Boulevard and Bannock Street will enable it to expand offerings even more.
“This gives us the room to explore more of what God is calling us to do,” said Kathryn Roy, Love Inc.’s executive director. “And I hope it shows that we’re invested in this community.”
At more than 4,700 square feet, the building at 5745 South Bannock St. is more than twice as large as Love Inc.’s old home at 5854 South Datura St. The new building allows for a lot more space to hold private conversations with clients needing help, Roy said.
The building also allows more office space to manage Love Inc. offerings, like the Impact program, Roy said.
Impact is a free series of courses available to local residents on building healthy relationships, money management, parenting and nutrition. The program, held at a west Littleton church, will resume in January.
Love Inc. bought the building in February from South Metro Housing Options, or SMHO, Littleton’s public housing authority, which has used it as a headquarters since 2007. Love Inc. paid $780,000 for the building, according to county records.
SMHO, meanwhile, has moved into a two-story building at 5808 South Rapp Street, said executive director Corey Reitz. SMHO paid close to $3.5 million for the space, according to county records. The agency is using only one of the building’s nearly two-dozen office suites, Reitz said, and will rent out the rest.
“Our long-term goal is to rent the other offices out to other nonprofits and service agencies,” Reitz said. “We want to make a one-stop shop for people needing help. We want a network that works together efficiently.”
SMHO also owns Love Inc.’s old home on Datura Street. Reitz said he’s not sure what the agency will do with the building yet, but hopes to find another tenant that fits their mission to serve the down-and-out.
Meanwhile, Love Inc. is focused on beefing up its offerings, Roy said. Along with its network of 36 partner churches, Love Inc. walks alongside people seeking to improve their lives, Roy said.
Love Inc. helps connect people with services, she said, and volunteers help drive people to doctor’s appointments or work with aid agencies.
Love Inc. is versatile, Roy said.
“If somebody needs to clean out their house because they need to move, if they want to find a better job, if they need a bus pass or help getting their car repaired, we can help them figure that out,” Roy said.
The program drew praise last year after mobilizing to help dozens of seniors left suddenly homeless after a fire at the Windermere apartment tower across the street from their Datura Street headquarters. Roy and her staff trained dozens of “navigators” who helped displaced seniors navigate the difficult journey of finding new homes.
Love Inc. also assisted residents displaced after a similar devastating fire at the same complex in 2016.
Former Mayor Debbie Brinkman, who cut the ribbon on Love Inc.’s new home in one of her last acts before leaving office, said the group is a vital support for Littleton.
“They were there before we even knew we needed them,” Brinkman said. “They’ve been such a blessing.”
Currently, Roy said, Love Inc. consists of 275 volunteers working with hundreds of families. The group also manages the Renewed Treasures resale shop at 6512 South Broadway, with proceeds from the store supporting the group’s mission.
Roy said she’s excited for the group’s future in its new home.
“By God’s grace, as we work together, we’ll keep making positive change,” she said.
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