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Bears Repeating

Dove, Inc. Domestic Violence Program was extremely blessed to get a donation of teddy bears from the Decatur Youth Hockey League and the Decatur Blaze.  This collection of toys is more than just some stuffed animals, but represent a piece of joy in the midst of heart ache, confusion, and unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar place for children coming from abusive households.  The fact that a group of young men would take the time to not only collect the items, using their podium in life to make a stand against domestic violence, but would also take the time to come out in their free time and hand deliver them says a lot about the hope that rests with our future.  That very night a young princess received a little princess bear whose shiny little dress practically matched the one she wore as she skipped around the shelter in excitement.  That very night a boy who was learning that it was now safe enough to finally talk about what life with his dad was really like received a strong teddy b…
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Kudos to our Volunteers!

Dove is blessed to have many Volunteers join us in our programs and the work we do.  We would like to take a moment to highlight a few of our amazing volunteers within the Domestic Violence Program, and some of the milestones that were reached in November, 2018.
Lesley Dowell (R) is a dedicated volunteer who is always around when we need her. She has recently dedicated herself to assisting with the legal advocates, be it helping with Orders of Protection or attending court hearings with our survivors to help support and advocate for them. Lesley also is a volunteer who doesn’t hesitate to help cover the shelter when needed. It is my pleasure to share that Lesley has reached her second milestone and surpassed 100 hours of volunteer service within our program. Thanks Lesley for all you do!



Janet Broderick, (L), is one of our hardest working volunteers as well. Janet has filled a number of amazing roles, using her extensive backgrounds and trainings to make an impact in our progr…

Next Goal - 3 Million!

Military Coupons for Overseas Military Families
Since 2012 Dove’s RSVP has been encouraging volunteers and community members to collect manufactured coupons and send them to military families serving overseas. Families overseas do not have access to manufactured coupons, but if someone sends coupons to them, they can use them up to six months past their expiration date.

Since becoming the RSVP Director in 2013, we have continued this program and expanded it to what we see today. When I look at how beneficial this program is to military families, I wanted to be sure it could continue. The RSVP Advisory Council were on board to do whatever it would take to maintain including reaching into their own pockets to ensure shipping costs were covered for each box.I am happy to announce that due to volunteers, churches, and community members in December 2018 we reached our 2 MILLION coupon goal. That’s right with your help, and the generosity of financial donors paying the shipping costs for 114…

19 Ways to Join With Dove in 2019

Financial support is always needed to keep the doors open, keep services offered and to keep our strong outreach to the community. Below are 19 other ideas join with Dove in 2019!

Items drives for the clients of the Domestic Violence Program and Homeward Bound Program - check out current lists in the DoveTales Newsletter and on the websiteFood drive for the pantry in ClintonCheck the projects page on the website to tackle a hands-on need at one of Dove’s facilitiesBecome a RSVP Volunteer to put your time and talents of a lifetime to good use in one of more than 80 social service agencies, must be 55+ years of age - enrollment form on the websiteCollect manufacturer’s coupons to ship overseas for our military familiesWatch for fundraisers and attend when you can and encourage other to participate Encourage clothing donations to the Children’s Clothing Room, inside of Prairie Avenue Christian Church and share that resource to families in need Encourage financial donations for use in th…

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…

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 …