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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…
Recent posts

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…

Join us at the Candlelighting Ceremonies

Please mark your calendar and join us at one or all of our
Annual Candlelighting Ceremonies,
in recognition of
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.
All our events are open to the public.

Shelby County Thursday, October 4, 7:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Chestnut, Shelbyville


DeWitt County Thursday, October 11, 6:00 p.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Mulberry St., Clinton


Macon County Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
New Vision Church, 550 N. Van Dyke St., Decatur


Piatt County Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 p.m.
1st Presbyterian Church, 214 S. Charter, St. Monticello


Moultrie County Thursday October 25, 7:00 p.m.
United Methodist Church, 216 W. Jefferson St., Sullivan

What is different?

As we are approaching yet another October – being National Domestic Violence Awareness Month – I have to wonder.What is different?What has changed?Are things better?Worse?Are we making progress in our neighborhoods, our community, our world?
I recall back over my nearly 28 years of working in this field of domestic violence.I was ignorant when I began.I even asked those same questions in my head – “Why would someone stay in this type of relationship?Why don’t they just get out?”I had the “new energy” of wanting and believing that I could fix things – I would do all I could do to make things perfect for that victim – so that when they left shelter – or left our building from a counseling session, they would now understand and move on – knowing that they deserved way more than what they had been settling for in their relationship.It was time to turn a new leaf.Time for change.Before Dove developed and implemented a Code of Ethics Policy, I admit that I was in that “fixing” mode of having…

Coupons for Overseas Military Families ECOM

Have you heard the news? We have sent 1,900,642 coupons to families overseas with your help!!!! We are still going strong and would love to hit our goal of 2 million coupons by the end of 2018 but we still need your help. We collect manufacturer coupons only, please no store specific or restaurant coupons. We ask that they not be expired for more than one month. This gives us time to collect, clip, sort, and ship to families and they have more time to use them. Families can use manufacturer coupons up to 6 months after their expiration dates. Postage donations are always welcomed. One box cost $17.40 to ship and can contain up to 25,000 plus coupons.