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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…
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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…

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.:

Dear Friends,



"As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has ― or ever will have ― something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." – Fred Rogers



Today in our area there are people who feel invisible, forgotten, and alone. They live in our neighborhoods, some in homes, some in cars, some staying on a couch, some on the street. They are our brothers, sisters, neighbors, friends, children and parents. Whatever the circumstance, we have a job to do for them. A job to let them know they are seen, remembered, and have a community who cares. A job to encourage them to grow and be whom they were created to be. A job to love. We do that in ways big and small at Dove. Whether it’s simply being the friendly voice on the phone, or organizing support syste…

Just the Facts!

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
Jerger Pedia…

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…