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10 things to do this Spring

1)  Get registered for the Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training.  Registration begins on April 7 and the training will be held the end of May and first of June. 
2)  Get trained for the BABES, Beginning Awareness Basic Education Studies presentations for K-3rd graders.  You can help finish this school year and be ready for Fall 2014!
3)  We are celebrating Earth Day at the Recycling Center on April 25 and 26, 8:00 a.m. to noon.  You can cash in your aluminum cans and help out Dove! 
4)  Get a small group together and help us with some yard work / landscaping.  We have beautiful garden areas that will need some attention soon!
5)  Donate any children clothing that your family no longer needs to the Dove's Children's Clothing Room. 
6)  This weekend you can dine at Bob Evan's Restaurant and a portion of the ticket will be donated to the MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange program.
7)  Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  Send us an email to make …

Good Samaritan Experience

Today's Affordable Housing Breakfast was hosted by Good Samaritan Inn, a 365 days a year soup-kitchen serving lunch to about 350+ individuals each day.  Those gathered for this event were asked to take part at breakfast, much in the same way clients would in a few short hours for lunch.  We gathered in a large circle, linking arms for the blessing.  We also got in line with our numbered ticket and received a wonderful breakfast prepared by the cooking crew at GSI and served with the help of a few Homeward Bound staff members.  Great, hot food, served in a respectful way. 


Director Stacey Brohard spoke about the mission of GSI and a new training initiative in cooperation with Richland Community College.  The program is called Mercy Kitchen where trainees learn from the culinary arts instructors at RCC.  The first group of about 15 will begin in May.


Darsonya Switzer, Homeward Bound Program Director shared with participants ways to be come involved in the Homeless Council Continuum…

Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training

Have you noticed all of the domestic violence arrests lately in the newspaper?



Do you see that many of them have a long record of multiple domestic violence arrests?



Now is the perfect time to learn more about domestic violence isses, what causes it and how to help eliminate it in our community. If you were to be called to be a juror and the case was a domestic violence case, do you understand all the dynamics involved in these cases?

Get involved!!



Mark your calendars for our next training. We have a great need for volunteers in our program!! Some of the areas you could be of assistance after completing the required training are answering the hotline, covering the shelter, co-facilitating a support group, filing, assisting with orders of protection, assisting with groups, and more.



Please make every effort in helping us recruit participants for this training. Think about all the groups of people you personally are associated with at work, school, your friends/family, neighborh…

From the National Office of TRIAD

Silvia Comfort shares this information from the TRIAD National Office.  Contact Silvia for information about the DeWitt County TRIAD group, 217.935.2241.


Top 10 Scams Targeting SeniorsFinancial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century.”Why? Because seniors are thought to have a significant amount of money sitting in their accounts.Financial scams also often go unreported or can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime. However, they're devastating to many older adults and can leave them in a very vulnerable position with little time to recoup their losses.It’s not just wealthy seniors who are targeted. Low-income older adults are also at risk of financial abuse.And it's not always strangers who perpetrate these crimes. Over 90% of all reported elder abuse is committed by an older person’s own family members, most often their adult children, followed by g…

More about MAX

We at MAX are helping as many people as we can in the Macon County area. In January we were able to help about 120 families with about $3800 in assistance.This assistance was in the form of dental and clothing vouchers, vision vouchers, bus cards, prescription help, and other specific needs. We are also the local site to check into Warm Neighbors/Cool Friends Program funding for power bill assistance in Macon and DeWitt Counties.MAX funding comes from a mix of generous churches, individuals, foundations, and corporate grants.MAX would not exist without the support of so many great people and groups and volunteers.

For the month of March you can support MAX by eating at the Bob Evan's Restaurant.  Easy way to support the program! 

Rev. Shane Hartman, MAX Coordinator