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Friday, March 11, 2016

Point in Time Numbers to be Released in March

At next weeks Macon County Continuum of Care Community Breakfast (March 17, 8a at Good Samaritan Inn), results from the 2016 Point-In-Time survey will be release.  These numbers are collected by volunteers and staff members to try and get the most accurate count of homeless individuals in Macon County, during a 24 hour period.  This year's count was held on January 28.
Many past year's results are listed on the website,  What will this year bring?  Regardless of the numbers, the many agencies who work with area homeless individuals as part of the MC/CoC can tell you there is still much work to be done in our area.
Would you like to be part of the solution?
  • Come to the breakfast
  • Join the MC/CoC, next meeting to be held on May 12, 1:30 p.m. at the Homeward Bound office, 788 E. Clay, Decatur
  • Volunteer in the community at one of the many agencies working on these issues
  • Have a speaker come to your church or service organization to share information
  • Donate to a agency working on these issues
To contact Dove's program, Homeward Bound, please call 217.362.7700.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Dove's New Executive Director Begins at Dove

Below is a bio of our new Executive Director
There will be a Meet and Greet on
Thursday, April 7, 4 to 6p
at our 302 S. Union, Decatur, offices.
Please Join us then!

Christine Gregory

Executive Director of Dove, Inc.


Mrs. Gregory has been a member of the Decatur Area community since 1995. Gregory previously served as Digital Learning Support Lead for the State of Illinois Virtual School (IVS), where her clients included public, private and homeschool students and faculty from across the state. She worked with a staff of 60 teachers and staff maintaining infrastructure and ensuring delivery of high quality educational experiences regardless of time, place or pace. Before joining the IVS administrative leadership team, she served as a National Board Certified Teacher in Bethany, Heyworth, Richland Community College and Millikin University. Through her 20 years in education she has impacted the lives of thousands of area students and families and developed grant-funded programs totaling over $14 million dollars.

In addition to teaching, she was privileged to work on the Science Operations Working Group (SOWG) on several NASA missions to Mars, including the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Phoenix Lander. Gregory holds a bachelor’s degree from the Miami University of Ohio and a master’s degree from the University of North Dakota.  She was a Graduate Fellow in Chemistry at the University of Illinois, and a graduate of SCORE and Millikin University's Center for Entrepreneurship First Step FastTrac program. Together with her family, she has owned and operated several businesses in the Decatur area.

Gregory served in a number of faith-based roles prior to joining Dove, Inc. as the E.D. With her husband she was a foster and adoptive parent with Lutheran Child and Family Services, a regular volunteer with the Judy Mason Project, and a mentor with Webster-Cantrell Hall. As a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, she has served in the role of Vestry Member, Chalice Bearer, and chair of the Newcomer’s committee. She is currently a Postulant for Holy Orders as a Deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Springfield.

Mrs. Gregory began at Dove on  March 1.