Inception: Housing Is Deep In DNA of LAWM
The idea that became Love At Work Ministries (LAWM) first grew out of Larry and Carole Prible’s work with Habitat for Humanity International (Habitat), a world leader in addressing the issues of poor housing conditions. Larry served eight years on Habitat International's Board of Directors.
Over the course of more than 30 years, they have worked in 14 countries building and advocating for families in need of safe, decent shelter. They served in Mexico, Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, Korea, Watts in LA, Appalachia, the Philippines, Hungary, South Africa, New Zealand, El Salvador, Honduras, Belfast, Northern Ireland, and, of course, Costa Rica. In the process, they built, renovated and repaired over 2000 homes.
Love At Work Foundation
In 2000, the Pribles brought their campaign "Back Home To Indiana", and as Chairman of the 500 Festival they put the spotlight on Indianapolis' housing needs, combining it with the activities surrounding the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
In 2001, Larry and Carole hosted the 25th anniversary celebration of Habitat in Indianapolis with participation by Habitat's founders, Millard and Linda Fuller, former US President Jimmy Carter, Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Indiana First Lady Judy O'Bannon and guests from over 70 countries.
That same year, with the growing awareness of housing as a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Larry and Carole officially established Love At Work, a 501(c)(3) private foundation, to continue their work with Habitat but also to pursue areas of interest that were not currently being served by Habitat.
Costa Rica: An Integrated Approach
They began working in Costa Rica in 2004, and it was there they saw the need to embrace a broader community development mode. They began addressing the needs of education, health and nutrition, youth ministry as well as housing. The first student scholarship program was started three years later in response to the needs of hundreds of children living in the nearby shantytowns.
Love At Work Ministries
In 2009, they formed Love At Work Ministries (LAWM), an independent 501 (c) (3) public charity, to expand the global outreach programs. Although the Love At Work Foundation and Love At Work Ministries are not formally affiliated, the Foundation has been a major source of funding for LAWM's programs.
Through our work and that of organizations supported by the Foundation, thousands of low-income families have found new hope in the form of education, housing, health and nutrition, economic opportunity, spiritual and social development. Individuals, churches, community groups and others have joined together to successfully tackle significant physical, mental, social and spiritual problems in their communities.
The following is a sampling of organizations who have received grants of various sizes from the Foundation: Association Amor En Acción; Habitat for Humanity International; Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership; St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf; Jireh Sports; Campus Crusade for Christ; Pura Vida Partners; The Oaks Academy; Legacy Christian School: Dream Alive, Inc.
Love At Work Ministries is a Christian organization, however, we are not an arm of any particular church or denomination. Individuals are always served without regard to race, religion, or ethnic group.