Love Link Ministries Inc.
PO Box 2023
Oklahoma City OK 73101
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement

Love Link Ministries, Inc. seeks to reflect the transforming love of Christ, alleviate poverty, and facilitate physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

We have dreams of taking someone from our food pantry, identifying their needs, working with them on addictions, job training, language barriers, social skills, etc. whatever may be hindering their success and empowering them to move forward one step at a time. 
 
We will also be starting afterschool programs working with children helping them be successful in school while giving them a safe place to meet in an effort to help break the bonds of generational poverty.
Thank you for helping us help others
Contact Information
Contact Name Marilyn Stark
Contact email LoveLinkMinistries@yahoo.com
Address PO Box 2023
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Phone (405) 239-6219
Fax 405-239-6219
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 1122 Linwood Blvd
Oklahoma City OK 73106
How to Give
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Mailing a check, in-kind donations, food, personal hygiene products, diapers, misc. thrift store items, etc.  We are volunteer driven with only 3 paid staff.  There are volunteer opportunities in the food pantry, thrift store, remodeling, bookkeeping, mechanics (car repairs), plumbers, painters, etc.  We also are looking for mentors, tutors, translators and teachers.
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $164,300.00
Projected Expenses $155,693.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1992
IRS Ruling Year 1992
State Registration Expiration June 2016
Statements
Mission

Love Link Ministries, Inc. seeks to reflect the transforming love of Christ, alleviate poverty, and facilitate physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

We have dreams of taking someone from our food pantry, identifying their needs, working with them on addictions, job training, language barriers, social skills, etc. whatever may be hindering their success and empowering them to move forward one step at a time. 
 
We will also be starting afterschool programs working with children helping them be successful in school while giving them a safe place to meet in an effort to help break the bonds of generational poverty.
Background
Love Link Ministries started with the teens of Lake View Park Church of the Nazarene answering a challenge from a local police officer in the area to help him make a difference in the neighborhood he patrolled.  For several summers they came.  They gave out food and clothing and worked on houses, making various repairs.  The pastor of Central Church of the Nazarene decided it should be on-going.  His father-in-law started the ministry in a neighborhood house. They provided food and clothes.   
 
Since then, we have extended our outreach to include a sober-living program for men to get off the street and leave their lives of addiction behind.  Our food pantry now serves 350+ families each month.  We operate a low cost thrift store.  We are renovating the old NuWay Laundry building with the intent to provide multiple services including out-patient drug and alcohol counseling, on-site job training, after school programs, medical-dental services .......!   
 
We would love to take people from no jobs or minimum wage jobs to living-wage jobs.  Equipping people with the tools to kick their addictions and succeed in life.  We also want to help children stay in school and succeed in school in an effort to break the hold of generational poverty
 
Impact
Love Link serves 350 unique families each month in our food pantry.  Clients may come every 30 days for food but it is limited to one per address.  They need a photo ID and current proof of address. 
 
We transitioned from residential sober-living programs to out-patient Sober-Living programs for men, women and teens.  Love Link is partnering with agencies to offer counseling, life issues and addiction intervention.  
 
In addition we offer a low price thrift store to the community to empower them and give them ownership in their belongings.   
 
In 2012 we relocated to the newly remodeled (front one-third of the)  NuWay Laundry and Dry Cleaners building (1122 Linwood Blvd) one mile north of our existing facility.  In this facility we will expand our services over the next several years to include after school programs; outpatient drug and alcohol treatment as well as on-site job training.
Needs
1) We will be renovating an additional 5,000 sq ft of the building for the purposes of launching after school programs, life-skill classes, and counseling.  Cost to complete this area is approximately $10,000.00
 
In-kind donations of good furnishings; flooring; paint; building materials; labor will all be needed.  We will do a great deal of the work with volunteer labor. 
 
2)  We always need food donations, especially canned vegetables and fruits.  We also personal hygiene products, diapers of all sizes and wipes  to distribute through our food pantry.
 
3)  We are seriously looking at the possibility of relocating into a more populace part of the city.  We need prayers for wisdom, discernment and guidance.  We will be researching demographics and possibilities over the next few weeks and months.  
 
4)  We need good used furniture, house wares and misc items for our thrift store.  We believe in restoring dignity through a low cost, well organized, nice shopping experience.  Ownership goes a long way in our opinion!
 
It is our heartfelt desire for anyone who comes through our doors to be loved, valued and treated with utmost respect.  Many people are just one or two paychecks away from needing help.  We want to help people.  We also want to be a place for people to come volunteer and serve others.  It is our call - to serve.
 
 
 
CEO/Executive Director Statement
We are volunteer driven and plan to remain that way.  Each of us has something we can give back to those in need.  If you are an accountant, come teach someone how to do a budget or balance a checkbook.  If you're a teacher: tutor, mentor, teach ESL. If you're a mechanic: teach someone how to check/change their oil; provide basic maintenance for people in need.  If you're in the medical field; volunteer in a clinic.  The possibilities are endless if we share our resources and knowledge.  It is our goal to become a place where whatever gift or talent you have can be used to impact the life of someone else in a positive encouraging arena. We have all been blessed with something.  I believe we are called to give back.  In the NuWay building we will provide not only a safe place to receive help but a safe place to serve.  It is truly our desire to be the hands and feet of Christ.
 
Although Love Link Ministries, Inc. has been in operation for 25 years it feels like we are new.  With the purchase and subsequent occupancy of the NuWay Laundry facility there are many building challenges but also many, many opportunities for expansion.
 
It has been our dream for many years to not just feed people but to find a way to empower them to move forward, fulfill their dreams, restore hope.  It is also our belief that people want to help people in need - they just don't know how or where to do it.  We see it every time there is a disaster.  People come from everywhere to do whatever they can to help someone get back up on their feet.  We want to give people that opportunity every day - not just during a disaster.
 
These are lofty goals.  I frequently say 'we have a God-sized dream that will take the people of God working together to make it happen'.  It will happen slowly but we intend to keep working toward that goal.
 
In an effort to do this in the most efficient way and to be good stewards of what we are given we have been very intentional in learning about board development. policies, transparency, what makes a good board member, how do we grow our resources and donor base.  Its been a little tedious at times but we are making progress.  We'd love to have your help moving forward into the future. 
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma City and the surrounding area
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Human Services/Thrift Shops
Tertiary Organizational Category Human Services/Family Services
Programs
Description Open 2 days a week, our food pantry is available to people of all races, religions, incomes, and zip codes. The only items we require are a photo ID and current proof of address. Recipients may come once every 30 days. We give bags of canned, frozen, and boxed goods each week, containing ingredients for a balanced diet. We currently serve about 350 families each month.

Hours are every Tuesday and Friday from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Strategy
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Families Adults
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
Each month we see growth in our food pantry.
 
In 2015, we:
  • fed 10,726 people
  • supplied 20,253 meals for children
  • 101,266 total meals
Description Love Link's thrift store, ReSale Link offers our clients an opportunity for ownership and pride in saying that they 'bought it' when asked where an item came from.  Dignity is restored with ownership and responsibility is increased when there is a cost involved to the recipient.  Shoppers may visit our thrift store Tuesday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. We offer very low prices on clothing, household goods, books, music and occasionally, furniture.

We gladly accept donations of gently used or new items, which may be dropped off during thrift store hours.
Strategy
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. The new location of the thrift store is the total opposite of our previous location.  We have a showroom floor with large windows, great lighting, heat and air.  It is very inviting, with plenty of space between tables, racks and shelves.  Former clients come in and are very complimentary and seem to love the changes.  In 2011, ReSale Link had $3,973.60 in sales.  In 2012, ReSale Link had $10,572.39 in sales!  The thrift store continues to be a ministry to the poor in the area, empowering them and giving them ownership in their belongings and homes.
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are blessed to partner with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help the hungry in our state. We also receive food from area churches, businesses and organizations. Families may come every 30 days for help in our pantry. We serve 350+ families/month.   
 
As we renovate additional space all of our programs will expand. The future is very bright!  We depend on volunteers and intend to continue to be volunteer driven.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Marilyn Stark
Start Date Nov 2008
Email lovelinkministries@yahoo.com
Experience Marilyn started at Love Link Ministries, Inc in 1997 as a volunteer. In 1999, she became part-time staff as the Office Manager. After a two year break in 2006 - 2008, Marilyn returned to Love Link as a board member and was elected/hired as the Executive Director. Marilyn has a BS in Chemistry and Biology from Southern Nazarene University and BS in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma. She has served in ministry throughout her life as a youth director, song evangelist and teacher. Compassionate outreach has been her life long call, fulfilled in a variety of ways.
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Sarah GreenVolunteer Coordinator/Program Director
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 1
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 33
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 4
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2015
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are continually develop written policies that reflect our procedures.  We have a good set of bylaws but some good written policies for our board.  We continue to develop a volunteer manual.  
 
Board Chair
Name Rev. Joel Mullen
Company Affiliation Southern Nazarene University
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Email jmullen@snu.edu
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 17, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Rev. Terry Armstrong Pastor, Mustang Church of the NazareneVoting
Stephanie Bryan The Academy of Classical Christian StudiesVoting
Megan Coldagelli Ernst & Young, LLPVoting
Dr. Howard Culbertson Southern Nazarene University Prof EmeritusVoting
Rev. Terrell Earnest RetiredVoting
Rev. Michaele LaVigne Midtown Church of the NazareneVoting
Pastor Nick Lee Christ Experience UMCVoting
Midge Loughridge Community VolunteerVoting
John Martin Foster ConsultingVoting
Gary Mercer Mercer-Adams Funeral ServiceVoting
Evan Mosshart Security SolutionsVoting
Professor Joel Mullen Southern Nazarene UniversityVoting
Sally Munson Community VolunteerVoting
Iliana Reza Southern Nazarene UniversityVoting
Marilyn Stark Love Link MinistriesExofficio
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 6
Standing Committees
Audit
Board Governance
Building
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive
Finance
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
We are learning more and more about what a good board looks like and how it functions.  It has been a process but we have a great board that has been willing to attend classes and reassess things all along the way.
 
Ten years ago we recruited businessmen, educators, stay at home moms instead of having all ministerial board members.  Two years ago we intentionally sought board members under age 45; last year we added additional members under age 45 both male and female.  We are working on diversity of culture as well but as yet have not been very successful.
 
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $164,300
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $155,693
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
--$4,995$160,854
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$70,610$52,169$48,492
------
$380,412$26,377$23,573
Investment Income, Net of Losses$417$289$254
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$73,056$81,632$127,255
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$4,620$2,234$1,828
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$148,521$118,245$268,933
Administration Expense$18,368$14,618$33,239
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.171.261.20
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%89%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$776,540$548,237$528,084
Current Assets$534,280$171,441$148,205
Long-Term Liabilities--$121,793$130,312
Current Liabilities$4,254$16,384$22,545
Total Net Assets$772,286$410,060$375,227
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities125.5910.466.57
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%22%25%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $380,412Special Events $81,632Foundations & Corporations $160,854
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $73,056Individuals $52,169Special Events $127,255
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $70,610Earned Revenue $26,377Individuals $48,492
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Love Link is faced with a fantastic opportunity in the years ahead.  We will be expanding services, possibly relocating and changing lives in the process.  Our current location is strategically located near Downtown, Midtown, The Paseo and several other booming districts.  Expansion of the downtown districts is coming toward our current location.  We will be exploring opportunities for possible relocation into more impoverished areas where community needs are greater.  
 
Love Link relies primarily on individual and corporate donations coupled with volunteer labor to do everything it does.  We are hopeful in obtaining a few grants a long the way as well.  We believe in everyone giving back to the community in which we live. 
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from audited financial statements.
 
Note: 2013 contains prior period adjustments of $10,827.
 
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
 
Address PO Box 2023
Oklahoma City, OK 73101
Primary Phone 405 239-6219
CEO/Executive Director Marilyn Stark
Board Chair Rev. Joel Mullen
Board Chair Company Affiliation Southern Nazarene University