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The Gift of Time

Time is the most precious commodity, the giving of one’s time in their community bestows many blessings and helps communities thrive. As the Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, I am in awe of the time many volunteers donate throughout their communities. As the holidays approach many organizations will hold community events to collect donations from canned goods to new toys and Dove Inc. is no exception. Agencies ask you to help purchase items needed to make a family’s holiday just a little brighter, a little more hopeful, filled with a little more love,and boy do you ever rise to the occasion, and for that we are thankful but, we also cannot create the magic of Christmas for those in need without the gift of time from volunteers.
As Christmas speeds towards us Dove Inc and Northeast Community Fund work together to make magic for more than 350 families. We accomplish this because of the time, gifts, and money so many donate. We have several volunteers who come to hel…
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Mr. De

I recently had the honor to hear Frank DeAngelis speak. For those that don’t know Mr. De (as I comfortably referred to him as, because honestly, he is THAT guy. He was the principal to all of us in 1999 and we will always be his kids) he was the principal of Columbine High School from 1996 to his tearful retirement in 2014.It was on April 20, 1999 that he became more than just the principal to Columbine High, he became the principal to us all and we became his kids.
I was a junior at Novato High School in Novato, California in 1999. I really have no idea what was planned for my day, but I do know whatever it was it did not happen. We were an hour behind Colorado timewise, and somewhere between 9 and 11 o’clock the school went into a weird, silent mode. 13 kids in Littleton, Colorado had been killed. Two armed teens stormed into their school, after their original plan of setting of bombs failed, and began killing their fellow students. We didn’t have phones. The only internet access was…

2018 Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour

The Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour has been a part of the Thanksgiving Weekend Tradition for many  years. Formerly a fundraiser for NWRAPS, it was given to Dove in 2017 because of our long association with neighborhood groups and because of the Anna B. Millikin Home, Shelter and  office space for Dove, right in the middle of the historic west end. 
This fundraiser will support all the programs of Dove - what a fun way to support to do that and to enjoy this holiday tradition!


Tickets are on sale for the 28th Annual Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour, in Decatur, Illinois. The 2018 event will be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 23, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday the 24th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

$18 Advance Tickets are available at the following locations through 1:00 p.m., November 21:

All Things Beautiful, 219 N. Main StreetDove, 302 S. Union StreetLand of Lincoln Credit Union, 4850 Prosperity Place, 3130 E. Mound Road, 2890 N. Oakland Ave.,Novel …

Can you help?

Jesus once said that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and in the years doing Christmas Baskets at Dove, Inc., I’ve found that to be true.
I look at my life, at my home, and I know that I’m more fortunate than a huge percentage of the world’s population. I have a loving family, a house to live in, heat in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, a job that I love, food on the table each day, a dependable car to get me where I need to go, and relatively good health. I am beyond grateful for all that I have.
I’m also grateful for the knowledge and awareness I have of those who aren’t as fortunate as I am, because it puts me in a better position of helping.
Did you know that the nationally, the average age of a homeless individual is 9 years old? According to feedingamerica.org, more than 40 million families in the United States struggle with food insecurity, never knowing if or when they’ll have their next meal, let alone receive a gift for Christmas. The numbers are certai…

27th Annual Coats for Kids!

2018 Coats for Kids drive has begun and we will be collecting new and good, used coats for families in need through November 30. Participating Cleaners will make sure the coats are clean and fresh and ready for the clothing rooms to distribute. (All addresses Decatur unless noted otherwise.)
WAND and Dove have teamed up each year to collect the coats!  The clean or new coats are taken to participating clothing rooms for families to choose. 
Donate and make it a warmer winter for everyone!








Participating Cleaners


Classic Cleaner, 2474 N. Main

Peerless Cleaners, 519 N. Monroe

Pride Cleaners and Launderers

2553 N. Main1804 E. Eldorado912 W. Eldorado2056 Mt. Zion Road
Waite's Dry Cleaners and Launderers

1004 S. Main, Decatur664 W. Eldorado115 Magnolia, Forsyth

Drop off sites

Decatur Public Library, 130 N. Franklin

Decatur Township Offices, 1620 S. Taylorville Road

Good Samaritan Inn, 920 N. Union

GT Church, 500 S. 27th



Illiopolis Christian Church, 302 Anne Street, Illiopolis

Kroger

Bret…

Home Should Never Hurt

I was recently driving home on a beautiful fall evening, one of those days when a perfect blue sky was giving way to a beautiful sunset.As I admired the glorious colors of fall as evening approached, I also noticed the warm lights coming from neighborhood houses, making them all look inviting.I pulled into my driveway and felt that familiar feeling………………it feels so good to be home.Home should be that place where everyone is comfortable and knows that they are loved and wanted and accepted.Sometimes the chaos of dinner, homework, ballgames, housework can intrude on the peacefulness of home, but even with that, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was right……………. . there’s no place like home.
Unless……. you live in a home where domestic violence exists.When you live there, you probably drive home without noticing the beauty around you.You are not anticipating being at home with joy; you face it with fear.What am I walking into?What have I done wrong today? ……I don’t think there was anything, but I…

Why?

“Why do they stay in that relationship?”“What is wrong with them?!?”“Do they like it??!!”“You would think they would leave if they didn’t like it!!”“Why would someone stay with a person who constantly puts them down, calls them names, hurts them over and over physically, emotionally and even sexually?”
Sound familiar??There is no easy answer to these questions.Sadly, these are thoughts and questions that some have about domestic violence victims.How wrong they are in their way of thinking!!I can guarantee we will never meet the victim who tells us they “liked it”!!
I would like to challenge your way of thinking – instead of asking and dwelling on “Why do they stay or why don’t they leave”? – I would like to rephrase that question to “What are the barriers that are keeping them in that relationship?”
Think about when they first met.Things could not have been better.He/she was charming, affectionate, thoughtful, romantic, and respectful.Things gradually began to change when one began to no…