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Friday, January 20, 2017


Looking back through the DoveTale from days past, the February 9, 1973 issue had this little article

... children's clothing
... good furniture
... volunteers
... $ to meet expenses

Yep, 3 of the 4 - still a need today in 2017.

(The good furniture, we'd refer you to Central Illinois Christians in Mission to donate to and when we need furniture, we check with them first.)

Friday, January 13, 2017

Volunteer Training

Make some plans now to become a volunteer in the Spring!

The BABES, Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies, Program will be hosting the next Volunteer Training on Tuesday, February 14, 11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.  After the training you and another volunteer will be able to do the BABES presentations  in area K-3rd grade classroom.  Learn more about BABES on the website,  And to sign up for the training, call Sandy Laesch at 428-6616 or

The Domestic Violence Program will be offering Education and Volunteer Training in May.  Registration will start on March 15.

May 8, 9, 10, 11

May 15, 16, 17, 18

May 22, 23, 24

1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Dove, Inc. / Anna B. Millikin Home, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room

Check the website for more information about the Domestic Violence Program, Contact Barb Blakey for more details on the Training.
How to Register:
Complete a phone interview beginning March 15 through April 28, call 428.6616
Attend registration meeting on Wednesday, May 3, at NOON

$150 training fee, some scholarships available.

RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs is always seeking new members to add to their 500+ amazing group of volunteers.  To learn more about RSVP, check out the website, and from there you can print off an enrollment form.  After receiving the form, staff will work with you to find a good fit for your volunteer skills at one of more than 80+ agencies in Macon and DeWitt Counties.

The Volunteer Page on the website is a great place to look volunteer opportunities.  As a need comes up at Dove, that is the place to find out more information.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Dear Friends,

It is with a grateful heart that we start the new year at Dove, Inc.  Because of our caring community the past month has been full of simple kindnesses which made a world of difference. Between Christmas Baskets and Coats for Kids thousands of area individuals were affected by your commitment to love our neighbors. 

With the turn of the calendar new challenges will face us as we continue in our work to coordinate efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices. As the state budget stalemate continues with no end in sight, social services will continue to struggle to provide needed assistance. Justice, equality, and understanding among all people seems a daunting goal.  Yet here at Dove, our faith is strong that this culture can be built right here in central Illinois with God’s help. Each of us has the ability to influence the culture of our inner circle of close friends to alter our prospects for the community’s future.

But how shall we begin? Here are some suggestions:

  • We have the ability to boost the local economy by choosing to spend our dollars at local businesses and national businesses operating locally.  In doing so we create jobs and affect the opportunities for every sector of our population to flourish.
  • We can continue to affect our local culture by using our voices in the local election season which is just getting under way.  Local elections traditionally have a low turnout, but have a greater everyday impact on our lives than state and federal elections.  Register, encourage your friends to register.  Then get educated, vote and bring your friends to the polls on April 4, 2017.
  • We can maintain the culture of caring we have locally by providing support to agencies to keep their doors open. I hope you’ll take a moment to consider the value to our community of legal advocacy to support a victim who needs an order of protection, children’s support groups for vulnerable family members, case support for a homeless person, and life and employability skills training to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Your personal commitment to support these services in any amount makes all the difference.

If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey.  Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates.  It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering in 2017.

Happy New Year!

Christine Gregory

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

This Advent I am swept away by the words of a prayer, "give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility."

For many, the time preceding and including the holidays is a challenge. When the pressures of modern society, or the loneliness of companions missed, or concerns for the future become overwhelming, we are asked to put on our armor of light and cast away the darkness. We are granted the grace to do this powerfully by God. And the special thing about light, my friends, is that it affects the world around us. When we put that armor of light on ourselves, we can light the way for others. Isn’t that a beautiful vision of the world?

In this newsletter you will find several ways Dove is putting on the armor of light this Advent. Will you join us in lighting the way in Central Illinois? If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey. Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates. It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Christine Gregory

Friday, December 2, 2016

Our 2016 Holiday Poem

The holiday season

Comes just once a year,

Bringing in family

From far and from near.

So we cook and we clean

‘til we think we may drop,

An the we clean more,

Could it be we can’t stop?

Then right in the middle

Of all we must do,

We stop! And we gather

With friends, old and new.

For today is the day

To pretend it’s all done,

And to sit back and relax

and just have some fun.

This day is the day

We will celebrate you.

It’s our way to say thanks

for all that you do.

So fill up your plate
With a lot of good food.

Then pull up a seat

And let us set the mood.

Some things we will do

You may have done before,

But rest assured there

are a few surprises in store.

We shall start with a speaker

Ans some music sublime

Play a few games

And just have a good time.

And our wish is that by

Time we are through,

you will know we are thankful

for each one of you!

Thank you so much for another wonderful year of service!

Poem by

Sheryl Whisman

DeWitt County RSVP Coordinator

Check our facebook page for more photos of the fun day!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Christmas Baskets - Then and Now

"Dove's Christmas Drive is underway!  We ask your help in making the 1986 Holiday Season a Happy one in homes throughout Decatur and Macon County.  As in the past Dove will be conducting Food and Toy Drive during this Christmas Season..."  November 1986 DoveTales Newsletter

"DOVE will work again this year with the Prince of Peace program from St. John's Lutheran Church to provide Christmas baskets for people that we work with during the year.  If your family, Sunday School class or group would like to provide a basket or donate money for the project, please call..."  December 1972 DoveTales Newsletter

"DOVE is participating with the Decatur-Macon County Opportunities Corporation, DARE and St. John's Northeast Center to provide Christmas baskets to low-income families in Decatur.  If you would like to contribute either food or money, please call the DOVE house, 428-6616.  Someone could use your caring." December 1975 DoveTales Newsletter

"... At this time of the year we turn our thoughts to the needs of our community.  Again this Holiday Season, Dove will provide food, toys and gift to hundreds of low-income homes in Decatur and Macon County.  ... All of us at Dove deeply value your friendship and your continued partnership in our exciting ministry.  Please accept our wishes for a meaningful Christmas Season!"  DoveTales Newsletter, December 1983

"Christmas Corner
There are still plenty of time and ways to get involved with Dove and North East Community Fund’s Christmas Baskets Program.

 Consider donating items or money. We are still in great need of the following: full sized bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, as well as boxes of gallon sized Ziploc bags in order to make the hygiene bags for families receiving baskets.
Are you interested in adopting a family for Christmas? This is such an awesome opportunity for those who choose it. You get to be in touch with the family you’re adopting, to find out who they are and what kinds of things they’re in need of. You get to deliver their Christmas right to them yourself. Each year I look forward to adopting families out, and each year we have at least one or two people or groups who enjoy this option so much, they return and do it again the next year.
We do ask that you give at least the equivalent of what we give in baskets – the food, plus a gift for each child, and hats and gloves and a stocking for each member of the family. Anything more than that is definitely appreciated. Is this something that you, your family, or a group you’re involved with is interested in?
We’re also in need of volunteers the week of baskets. We will move everything to First United Methodist (201 W. North St) on the morning of December 15th and will be there from about 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m. that day, the next, and this year we’re going to have Saturday the 17th for families and students to come volunteer if they’d like. We’ll be filling baskets Monday and Tuesday, the 19th and 20th during those same times.

 We’ll need a lot of help with delivering baskets to people on the morning of Thursday, December 22nd, if that’s something you’d like to try, or if it’s something you’ve done before and have enjoyed in the past.  If you have a truck, please bring it – some of these baskets are large!

If none of these are things that work for you or your schedule, consider attending Making Christmas Bright, a fundraiser we’re partnering with Pizza Hut for on December 6th. If you bring a copy of our flier, or if you show a copy of it on your phone, Dove’s Christmas Baskets will get a portion of each order that day. You don’t even have to go to a specific Pizza Hut. If you give our voucher or online code (DOVE), you can go to any Pizza Hut in the United States and you will be supporting us.

The Pizza Hut at 975 W. Eldorado will also be collecting toys for the kids that night from 5-8. Bring your kids and enjoy a fun night out while helping support kids who are less fortunate.  A very special guest will be in attendance and he’s going to be making his own lists and checking them twice!  (flyer available on website

The next few weeks are going to be a flurry of activity, and I hope to talk to you about how you can get involved and help out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me at 217-428-6616.

Angie Williams
Christmas Baskets Coordinator"
DoveTales Newsletter, November 2016


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Dear Friends,

As I write this the weather is turning cooler, the days are getting shorter, and the leaves are turning and beginning to fall.  A group of high school volunteers are in my office at Homeward Bound moving files into storage. Another group is sanitizing the play area and toys.  A group of skilled craftsmen and women are giving the domestic violence shelter client kitchen, bedrooms, common area and play yard a facelift.  I look around at the good people who make Dove run and find myself deeply humbled by their commitment to our community.

In November and December amidst the hustle and bustle of holidays we’ll continue to band together to distribute Coats for Kids donations to area agencies, Stand Down for Veterans, learn about issues of poverty, hunger, and homelessness at Box City and Hoard No More training.  We’ll be filling baskets for hundreds of area families so that they can share in the air of celebration.

As we celebrate, I ask you please to also turn an eye to local and state politics. Voting is one of the most important ways in which you can give to community efforts.  By choosing state and local policy-makers you are choosing what the future holds for our community.  The “stop-gap” budget expires this December and your vote can help solve the continuing budget crisis.  Be informed when you vote. Visit and entire your street address where you are registered to see the full ballot.  Then take the time to read up on or meet the candidates so that you can make an informed decision at the polls.

We also have 18 House seats and 1 Senate seat in the federal election to decide on. These people will help determine how our federal funding for local housing initiatives goes in the future. Your vote and your voice matter in this election.

If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey.  Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates.  It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering.

Christine Gregory