Prepared: the Gateway of the Northwest was founded in Yakima, Washington as a mission at New Jerusalem Church in 1996 by George Love III & his wife, Stephanie Love. George was given permission by Pastor R.L. Stone, who allowed him to utilize Stone’s church to welcome in the less fortunate. George would feed the people pastries and sandwiches along with soda, water and coffee. Everyone who stopped by would leave with a full stomach and a prayer.
By 1998, Prepared the Gateway of the Northwest began another chapter in Tacoma, Washington, within a gang infested community called “The Hilltop.” Prepared combated the gang and drug activity by arming itself with its new community outreach program, “Operation Holy Smoke.”
In 2003, Prepared was incorporated as an official non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The organization has gone on to function without receiving any government federal grants. In it’s lifetime, Prepared has launched a domestic violence advocacy program, community outreach programs and it’s Board of Education student incentive programs.
Since its inception in Tacoma, WA, Prepared has fed over 200,000 people, raised over $20,000 in scholarship money for urban high school students, and inspired countless people to support their communities a bit harder. The organization has operating chapters in St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, and Tacoma, Washington.
Love is the foundation on which the organization is built upon and love will always be found here at Prepared the Gateway of the Northwest.