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The 2017 Coats for Kids drive is in full swing and we will be collecting 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.   Please  think of the good you can do, by clearing out those closets OR by doing a bit of shopping for those hard to get sizes (about 2nd -6th graders.)






Participating Cleaners make sure all the coats are clean and also a collection site for donations:


Classic Cleaner 2474 N. Main
Peerless Cleaners 519 N. Monroe
Pride Cleaners and Launderers 2553 N. Main 1804 E. Eldorado 912 W. Eldorado 2056 Mt. Zion Road 1154 E. Prairie Ave.
Waite's Dry Cleaners and Launderers 1004 S. Main, Decatur 664 W. Eldorado 115 Magnolia, Forsyth




Drop off sites serve as an easy way to drop off your coat donation, while you are out.



Decatur Public Library 130 N. Franklin
Decatur Township Offices 1620 S. Taylorville Road
GT Church 500 S. 27th Decatur
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but domestic violence is something we all should be aware of every day. For so long, domestic violence was considered to be nobody’s business because it usually happened in the privacy of the home.We realize now that domestic violence IS our business; indeed it is everyone’s business.The costs to our economy are staggering.The pain the abuse causes the victims and their families is sometimes unbearable.Bullying and other forms of violence can result from exposure to domestic violence as well.
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior designed to keep the victim of abuse under the power and control of the abuser.This occurs in a family, intimate partner, dating or caretaking situation.Domestic violence has no boundaries; it happens in all income brackets and at all levels of education to people of all races, religions or sexual orientation.More than one in three women and more than one in four men report abusive incidents or stalking from a…

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

Dear Friends,
It is with great joy that we share during Domestic Violence Awareness month two incredible donations and our plan going forward to be certain that the needs of victims of domestic violence are being met in our community.As you likely know from the news, the Domestic Violence Program at Dove, Inc. was in dire straits at the end of last fiscal year.Due to a generous donation from the James Millikin Estate to cover part of shelter staff salaries we were able to proceed into FY18 without additional staff and service cuts.Then a further generous donation from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation for the Domestic Violence Program has positioned us to plan for how we can look at our overall funding structure as we move forward in this next era of budgeting.
One of our strong desire in this situation is to be good stewards of the work which the Lord has given us to do.While the generous donations just mentioned carry us through the current financial situation, we hope to build local fu…

Do I Qualify For an Order of Protection?

As her eyes looked to the floor she said in tears, " I don’t know if I am in the right place. I have no bruises; he does not hurt me." But as she talked, her partner daily called her bitch, whore, and stupid, threatening she would never see her children again if she left. She was experiencing daily verbal and emotional abuse which lowered her self-worth, leaving her paralyzed in fear of doing anything until someone referred her to Dove. After she told her story, she looked at me with tears streaming down her face saying "Do I qualify for an order of protection even though he does not hit me?"



Sadly, we hear and see this scenario often. When victims do reach out for help, they are not sure if they qualify for services or an order of protection because they are not being hit. The answer is yes, a victim of domestic violence does qualify for an order of protection for emotional abuse even though there is no physical abuse. There also must be relationships establ…

RSVP Volunteers, Our Shining Stars!

As I work to finalize all those little details that go into the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program’s (RSVP) Appreciation luncheon I am filled with pride and so very grateful I get to be the Director of such an excellent program. So many volunteers perform service to so many different and worthy causes that at times it can be difficult to keep up with them. Over 380 volunteers were actively serving community needs and worked more than 63,000 hours. 10% of those hours performed were by volunteers who are no strangers to service, our local Veterans. Every day I see what the power of compassion, dedication, and true grit can accomplish. Did I mention that the average age of our volunteers is 76? The wisdom and experience that RSVP volunteers share with our community members are simply amazing.
RSVP volunteers do it all; we have volunteers who help deliver Meals on Wheels, distribute goods at food pantries, and help prepare and serve meals in the soup kitchens, so no one has to go hungry…

Happy Grandparents' Day!

Why are there so many different names for grandparents? Grandpa, papa, paw, gramps is just a few names we lavish on the grandfathers in our families while grandmas get names like me maw, Nana, or Ninny. Whatever you may call your grandparents you can be sure of one thing, when you call they come! Names for them are often something that has been passed down from one generation after another.



Many of us honor our grandparents, but for children to be able to invite their grandparents to school for a day is very special to them. They love to be able to share with their friends their very own grandpa or grandma. Children get to participate in special lessons or special assembly programs during grandparent’s day at school. Sometimes this is the only time grandparents are asked to share the day with their precious grandchildren.



This year Grandparents' Day is September 10, 2017, and I challenge anyone with a grandparent to make their day special. Grandparents Day is the perfect opportuni…

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

Dear Friends,

Have you met an RSVP Volunteer recently? I’ll bet you have even if you don’t know it.


 You see this wonderful group of people fifty-five and older who want to engage and have a meaningful impact in our community is all around us. 



RSVP has been with Dove since nearly the beginning. Using our experienced community volunteers, programs have improved lives, supported community initiatives, helped people, and engaged retired and senior community members. Our community has benefited from this labor of love in well-run events, programs, museums, parks and the zoo – to name just a few. They have enjoyed countless support systems at our hospitals and social ministries. In short, we have been blessed by the quiet RSVP Volunteer heroes teaching all of us what it means to care for our neighbor. Thank you for being at the heart of Dove’s work.


To explore how you can grow with us towards the future, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Bla…