Nutrition and Wellness
Community Organizations, churches and individuals join
with OLM by donating their over abundance and by hosting
food drives to help feed those who are hungry. Programs
Client Choice Food Pantry
Clients have the opportunity to choose which items they
would like within each category of food. Effort is given
to providing clients with fresh fruit and vegetables,
meat and fresh dairy products. When available, cleaning
products, paper products and over the counter medicines
are also offered.
Wednesday 9:00a.m. – 11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Participants have the opportunity to make recipes while
learning how to cook and how to provide nutritious meals
for their families. Each participant received a bag of groceries after each class and a certificate and a
recipe book at the completion of the course.
Offered two to three times a year, classes are once a
week for four weeks.
Call Operation Love Ministries for specific dates and to
register for the class.
Food Delivery to low income senior housing.
Operation Love Ministries is currently delivering food
to residents of Southdale Towers, which is a low income
senior housing facility. Volunteers take orders, bag
groceries, deliver the food and spend time visiting and
praying with the residents. This service is only
available to Southdale Tower’s residents.
Household and Medical Equipment Assistance
Clients are also allowed to choose free of charge, items
which have been donated, such as clothing, household
items, furniture and medical supplies. When crisis and
life’s situations leave people without clothing or their
possessions, Operation Love can provide them with items
to rebuild their lives and encourage them in their
– Thursday 9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. & 1:30p.m.-3:30p.m.
Volunteer advocates work with Madison County residents,
their physicians and pharmaceutical companies to obtain
maintenance medications for the residents when they have
no prescription insurance coverage and are unable to
purchase the medications prescribed. There are
income guidelines which vary from pharmaceutical company
to pharmaceutical company. Once a client is matched
with an advocate, they maintain that relationship. This
allows optimum care for the client and ensures that they
receive their medications without interruption.
Medications are free. There is a $5.00
processing fee per pharmaceutical company used, but this
fee is waived if the client cannot afford to pay. To see
if a client is eligible for pharmaceutical assistance,
they may call the office during normal business hours
and an advocate will either speak with them or return their
Financial assistance is given as donations are
available, for those who find they are facing crisis
situations. Operation Love Ministries’ desire is to
assist people in moving out of the situation and into
self-sufficiency and independence. This is reflected in
the situations in which we chose to provide assistance.
Clients are requested to complete an application and
then meet with a social worker before assistance will be
given. Operation Love strives to access the client’s
needs and assist them in determining the options
available and the best choices for them to reach their
goals and have their needs met. There is a minimum of a
24 hour waiting period before receipt of funds is given,
unless an emergency would require earlier intervention.
Cash is not given, but payment arrangements are made
with other organizations. Those interested in receiving
assistance may come to the office during normal hours
and complete an application. The social worker will then
contact them to set up an interview.
Needs Assessment &
Operation Love Ministires assesses the individuals or
families needs, determines what resources are available
and assists the clients in connecting with those
service. Their goal is to help the person requesting
assistance to carry out and achieve their plan. This may
require little to extensive assistance, which Operation
Love gladly offers. The goal is to allow the client to
be the one in charge of their success, while offering
the assistance needed to help them successfully navigate
the challenges involved in the process. Those interested
in receiving this assistance, may call Operation Love to
make an appointment.
When a family or individual faces a crisis situation,
Operation Love Ministries can offer assistance in two
In events such as a fire, Operation Love works with the
client to determine what is needed to help them start
over. They then work with the client, other
organizations, churches and their own donations to
assist the individual or family begin again. Clients are
asked to bring their fire report with them when they
come to fill out an application for assistance.
During times of emotional distress, clients are welcome
to receive pastoral care and encouragement. If the
client desires continuing assistance, the staff will
assist them in locating a counselor or counseling
facility and make the needed arrangements for them to
begin receiving help. Appointments are preferred but if
trained staff are available, clients may receive
assistance on a walk-in basis.
COMMUNITY SERVICES WE
Organizations which are uncertain of the validity of an
individual’s request for assistance or are uncertain of
possible assistance availaibe to persons requesting help
from them, may ask Operational Love Ministries to
evaluate the individual’s need, determine the validity
of the need, provide a recommendation of services needed
and assist the client in making those contacts.
Operation Love Ministries
provides training to churches and organizations on how
to do ‘need evaluations,’ what services are available in
the community and how to provide coordination of needed
assistance with accountability.
Connect Volunteers and Ministries
Operation Love Ministries will
educate individuals in what types of compassionate
ministries are available in this community, help them
evaluate what skills and interests they may have and
where they are feeling called to minister, and then
connect them with the compassionate ministry that
matches that criteria, regardless of whether that leads
them to OLM.
Volunteers are the heart of Operation Love Ministries.
Over 60 volunteers currently donate anywhere from a
couple hours a month to every day the door is open to
help those in need. This ministry would not be possible
without the many volunteers. The most important aspect
of a volunteer’s work is to show each client that they
are cared for and that God loves them. Operation Love
Ministries is a place of hope and safety in a world that
can be very harsh. The volunteers are the heart and
soul of the organization, providing each person coming
through their doors with encouragement and hope.
Not only is it rewarding helping others, but volunteers
discover that Operation Love Ministries provides a
caring family atmosphere. Together, they serve those
who are in need and serve each other.
If you are interested in learning
more about volunteer opportunities at Operation Love
Ministries, you may complete the application below or
contact Clara Wright, Administrative Assistant at
or 765-644-2121. You can be part of giving hope today
and changing lives forever.