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My name is Pastor Shane Hartman. I have had the opportunity to coordinate the MAX program for the last five years. In that time, between the MAX program and Ameren's Warm Neighbor Cool Friends, MAX has had the opportunity to help over 5000 families with close to a million dollars of financial assistance.
I have been able to help seniors get medicine, help people keep their homes, help struggling students complete their GED’s, keep water on for Moma’s and their babies, help people get out of the cold or heat for night, give the gift of new glasses, help people get teeth pulled, assist people with bus passes and keep the lights on for many.
Don’t tell my boss, but I have the greatest job ever. I get to directly impact people’s lives in the moment of their crisis. When people come into my office there are having the worst day of their lives. Hopefully, when they leave they have hope and a little joy in their lives.
This is only possible with the generous support from churches, foundatio…
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Domestic violence has long been an issue that was shoved behind closed doors and preferably never discussed.Society’s attitude was that it was a personal issue or that what happened in the home was only the business of the people who lived in the home. Fortunately, over the past decades that idea has begun to change.Domestic violence has begun to be considered the crime that it is, and people are beginning to realize that it truly is everyone’s business.The revelation of all the abuse cases in the entertainment industry has given birth to the #metoo and #enough movements.Press coverage of all types of abuse has increased dramatically and victims of both sexes are feeling safe enough to come forward with their stories.This is a refreshing and long-awaited change.
Just four short years ago, domestic violence was virtually ignored in the world of collegiate and professional sports. In February 2014, Ray Rice, a Baltimore Ravens running back, attacked his fiancĂ©e (now wife) in an elevator …

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

Dear Friends,
One of the cornerstones of the history of Dove, Inc. is advocacy for the needs of the people living in poverty in our communities.The past month has had some dire concerns for the City of Decatur.USA Today reports that from 2010-2016 concentrated poverty rose so that we now have the highest concentration of poverty of any community in the state[i].The Herald and Review reports that evictions are double the state rate[ii]. Our Point-In-Time count of Homeless indicates an increase as well[iii].We have a beautiful city with lots to offer that is suffering and whose impoverished citizens are struggling.
Where is one to find hope in all of this? In the words of the late Pastor Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”), we “look for the helpers.”We look for the countless Retired and Senior Volunteers who man the city and keep good work going.We look for the people coming together to work on issues such as opioids, homelessness, and childhood maltreatment.We look for the BABES volunteers who br…

1.9 Million

Since October of 2012, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been collecting, sorting, and shipping coupons to families overseas in support of the Expired Coupons for Overseas Military Families or (ECOM). Military families do not have access to manufactures coupons overseas. Having no coupons is a challenge since they have limited shopping options and often must pay more for the same item that we do in America. The bonus for families stationed overseas is if they can get their hands on manufactured coupons they can use them up to six months past the coupon expiration date at the commissaries/PX/store on base. This helps the families stationed overseas save money that can be used for other needed items for their families, including those ever-expensive phone calls back home to their cherished loved ones.
When RSVP started this project, it was just a small way to help a few families. No one ever imagined the incredible response to the call for coupons. In short, we underes…

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

Over the past 48 years, the religious organizations, volunteers, advocates, and staff of Dove, Inc. have been a positive force for collaboration on the tough issues facing the communities in the five counties which Dove serves.Individuals, families and children in poverty, or whose safety are in jeopardy, need the compassion and love which we have been asked to give our neighbors.
That is one reason I am excited to remain involved in Decatur’s City Revitalization process, and excited to welcome Community Engagement Coordinator, Sattin Schreiner, to our Dove family. We also had the opportunity in the last month to welcome people from across the state to our community and have them learn about loving our neighbors from some of the organizations involved in the Macon County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness, for which Dove is the Lead Agency. Our rural counties have been blessed by neighbors banding together to provide food, safety, clothing, and neighborly love to one another.In shor…

National Domestic Violence Counts Report

The 12th annual Domestic Violence Counts Report is in.On 9-13-17, 1,694 out of 1,873 (90%) identified domestic violence programs in the US participated in the National Census of DV Services.The following are some of the figures that represent the information provided by these 1,694 participating programs during this 24-hour period.

•72,245 victims were served in one day
•40,470 adult & child victims of DV found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local DV programs
•31,775 adult & child victims received non-residential assistance and services that included counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups
•20,352 hotline calls were answered (an average of 848 calls per hour or more than 14 calls per minute)
•In the past year, 531 of the programs surveyed (31%) laid off or left unfilled 1,077 staff positions nationwide.Most of these positions (62%) were direct service providers, such as shelter staff or legal advocates.
•On Census Day, 102 of the pa…

Summer Hours Set for MAX

MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange, is a joint effort to provide a centralized location to provide monetary support to persons in the community who have a verified emergency need. MAX provides a systematic way to verify their needs and respond in a timely manner to those needs.Financial support is from area congregations, individuals and foundations. MAX also works with AMEREN IP to distribute funding through the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program, which assists persons with payment of their power bills, in Macon and DeWitt Counties.
Most people seeking help are sent to MAX from the 211 program, social service agencies and area congregations with anticipation of helping clients. Others seeking assistance have learned about the program from family, friends and public/social media. MAX Volunteers work with those seeking assistance, helping them fill out an application for assistance.The client then meets with the Coordinator to review the need.The application is reviewed and verified, …