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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Here are a few signs to watch for:  


A person who is in a violent relationship often is:

afraid of her partner’s temper*
afraid to break up because her partner has threatened to hurt himself or others
constantly apologizing for or defending her partner’s behavior
afraid to disagree with her partner
isolated from family or friends
embarrassed in front of others because of her partner’s words or actions
intimidated by her partner and coerced into having sex


* Pronoun choices reflect the fact that over 95% of the perpetrators of domestic violence are male.



A person who exhibits violent behavior in a relationship often:


has an explosive temper
is possessive or jealous of his partner’s time, friends, and/or family
constantly criticizes his partner’s thoughts, feelings, or appearance
pinches, slaps, grabs, shoves, or throws things at his partner
coerces or intimidates his partner into having sex
blames his partner for his own anger
causes hi…
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Moving from Terror to Hope and Healing

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which always makes me sad.When I think of teens, I conjure up positive images of school, college applications, music and fashion, earning a driver’s license, crazy fun with friends, mood swings, that first crush, and steady growth into independence and adulthood - NOT violence and fear.However, for many teens, dating violence is a terrifying reality.
The statistics are staggering.According to Love Is Respect, the National Teen Dating Violence Helpline, 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner every year.One in three adolescents in the U. S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.Use of technology to coerce, stalk, and blackmail teen partners is increasingly common in abusive teen relationships.Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average.Victims of teen da…

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

Dear Friends,
Winter can be a lonely time for our friends and neighbors.I would like to encourage you to take some time this month to look around your neighborhood and reach out to your neighbors.Take the time to get to know each other, have a cup of coffee and a conversation.There is so much value in a friendly ear.Sharing our burdens makes the challenges lighter.
Another way to combat the winter blahs is to get engaged.Maybe invite that same neighbor to volunteer with you.There are great organizations, including many programs of Dove, which function only on volunteers.Our Children’s Clothing Room, MAX program, BABES program, and DeWitt Food Pantry are just a few examples.Our community is a great place to live because people like you care enough to volunteer to count the homeless on PIT Count Day (Jan 25), or take part in the Homeless Advisory Council (Jan 11).Whether its committee involvement or cutting coupons for military families, you can make a difference.
If you or your organizati…

giving time, talents and treasures

Looking for ways to be involved with the programs of Dove, Inc.?  Here are some idea to get you thinking!


giving time

pray for our clients

attend our events

read our email newsletter

share our email newsletter with family and friends

like our facebook page

share our tweets

read our news feed on the website www.doveinc.org

read our blog

memorize hot-line numbers to share with someone in need

giving talents

serve on advisory committees
serve as Congregation’s Delegate
volunteer for BABES, next training in Spring of 2018
volunteer for Domestic Violence Program, next training in Spring, April 30 - May 16, 2018
volunteer for RSVP, 80+ agencies and organizations to help and make a difference for the community
volunteer for MAX, Macon County Assistance exchange program
volunteer for the 2018 Point-In-Time count of area homeless individuals and families, January 25, 2018
volunteer for the Children’s Clothing Room
help with seasonal events, Christmas Basket Drive and Coats for Kids!
Join the Continuum of Care Hom…

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

Dear Friends,
Have you ever been a goat?A head-butting, territorial, grumpy goat?I know that I have, and it’s something that I have to actively work to overcome.How do we avoid those instincts? Matthew 25 instructs us that we should put away those goatish thoughts by giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and visiting the prisoner.
This December as we prepare for the celebration of the coming of our Lord, past and again, let us each look for ways to take care of the least of those amongst us.Support Dove, Inc. as we look to the future with volunteer services including Coats 4 Kids being distributed and Christmas Basket deliveries, service to our community through RSVP, BABES, MAX/DAX, and the Children’s Clothing Room, as well as our programs to shelter those touched by domestic violence and house the homeless.
If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s mission, please re…

Well, it's begun.

Family and friends have started asking me what I want for Christmas this year. Each year it gets more difficult for me to come up with tangible gift ideas. The truth is, there isn't much of anything I'm lacking. I'm not saying that to brag, but because it's a realization I've come to over the last few Christmases. A lot of this comes from working at the Christmas Baskets Program here at Dove. I look around a room filled with hats and gloves, toys and gift items that will go to about 350 families - around 1,300 individuals, and it dawns on me every year how lucky I am. How thankful I am. How easily things could change for me and I could be one of those in need of a basket for my family for the season. Each year I take calls from people who are facing hardship: the recent death of a spouse or provider, a job loss just a couple of months before the holiday season, a family with so many medical expenses that they can't afford Christmas dinner and presents for their…

2017 Heritage and Holly Historical Home Tour

Dove, Inc. is honored to have been selected to carry on the traditions of the Annual Heritage & Holly Tour.  NWRAPS, Near Westside Restoration and Preservation Society,  has hosted this event for 26 years. The annual tour focuses on architectural treasures, local history and Decatur community restoration. When looking for an organization to be the event’s future sponsor, NWRAPS approached their neighbor, Dove, Inc.  Dove, Inc. Governing Board President, Rev. Jason Butterick, states, "It’s a good fit, focusing on restoring area homes and families inside and out." Dove, Inc. plans to continue the event as an annual fundraiser to support local programs.

The 2017 event will be held the weekend after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 24, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday the 25th, from noon to 6:00 p.m.

$18 Advance Tickets are available at the following locations through Noon, November 22:

All Things Beautiful, 219 N. Main StreetDove, 302 S. Union Street and 788 E. Clay StreetLand…