Tuesday, July 15, 2014

90's Brought New Programs

•  In 1990, a satellite office, to better serve the needs of the women with domestic violence issues, was opened in DeWitt County.  The program grew from a one-room shared facility to opening their own offices which additionally houses the BABES program, RSVP, Friends in Action,  a food pantry, and DAX.

•  In 1991 the adjacent structure to the current shelter, 800 E. Clay was purchased for additional administrative offices.  This allowed more space for clients at the shelter.

•  In 1994, Dove spearheaded an inter-agency coalition to combat homelessness.  The program was named Homeward Bound was located at 903 W. Decatur, a property donated by Decatur Community Church.  Homeward Bound is now in the former shelter at 788 E. Clay.  Homeward Bound offices are in the front and SRO occupies the back.   Dove Preschool closed; resources redirected into fighting prejudices.

•  In 1996, three adjacent lots on East Clay  were purchased, 824 site was remodeled and  was used by BABES and Community Services.  A fire in the summer of 2003 caused damage to the site and it was later torn down.

•  During 1997, Ray Batman was appointed Executive Director for the second time in Dove’s history.  New positions were created and staffed by promoting employees.  Ray retired in 2011 and Jim Walters is serving as Executive Director.

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