New Love INC director hired

By Donna McCollum - bio | email

Nacogdoches (KTRE) - Faith is taking Patti Goodrum down a path she wasn't expecting. She's back with a non profit agency, Love In the Name of Christ, helping others.

"I thought my time with non profits and human services, I had done my time in that," said Goodrum. "I think God had a different plan."

Goodrum was selected as an interim director in October. Her masters in counseling and successful experience in hospice, domestic abuse and single parenting made her a natural candidate for the permanent job. First Goodrum had to come to that realization.

"It took about a week though and I was ready," Goodrum laughed. Board members hired her officially Tuesday night.

Goodrum follows an expert in social work. Roger Aker's leadership built the foundation for a clearing house to aid area churches. A wall full of files represent people helped by Love INC. There's also a homeless prevention program and a senior adult care network.

"There was a lot of good things he started. He doubled the staff right before he died," Goodrum said.

Goodrum will rely on her faith to lead Love INC down a continued path of service. "When you're a child of God and you really try to live that, he has other plans for you and if you follow that, you're usually very happy. And I'm very happy. Very, very happy."

Love In the Name of Christ provides service in 140 communities across the nation. There are offices in both Nacogdoches and Lufkin.

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