Friday, January 6, 2012

Welcome!

Welcome to the first installment of the Dove blog. Dove is a coalition of religious organizations, volunteers, and advocates that seeks to coordinate efforts to address unmet human needs and social injustices. Dove works for justice, equality and understanding among all people. This blog was created for those who share these values and want to have a positive impact on our community. This is a collaborative effort of staff, volunteers, and program participants. Our goal is to inform you about the inner workings at Dove and the challenges we face. We would like to think this will be an educational format that encourages discussion and action. Perhaps we may also entertain you along the way.
As you may know, I am new both to Dove and Decatur. The process of starting a new job and relocating has been exciting for me and my family. I’ve learned that Decatur is a caring community. People are active in their churches, schools, and across a variety of social service organizations. There is a sense of community pride unmatched anywhere I’ve lived before. I’ve also met many great supporters in Clinton and am looking forward visiting our offices in Moultrie and Shelby counties. These communities have been very generous to Dove. What has surprised me is how people know Dove. Some know us as a place for victims of domestic violence to seek safety; others know our commitment to help the homeless. Perhaps you donated a coat for our annual coat drive or you have utilized our recycling center. Maybe you know someone active in RSVP or your group of volunteers has completed a service project for us. You may be part of a neighborhood group organized by Dove and your child in elementary school certainly has interacted with our BABES program. Yes, Dove is all of these things. To learn more about the services Dove provides please visit our web-site at www.doveinc.org and become a fan of us on Facebook.
Thank you for following our blog and your interest in Dove. The staff here, almost 50 strong, is an amazing collection of dedicated advocates. Your interest in our programs, having the support of the community, provides all of us the motivation to face difficult challenges. At our core it is our belief in the mission to address unmet needs. God bless you all.

Jim Walters – Executive Director

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