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Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Dear Friends,
We live in an amazing community.Hope for a brighter future, generosity of spirit, faith in God, and a will to make lemonade from lemons is the trademark of our home here in Central Illinois.In the past roller coaster of a month, Dove has continued its mission despite the odds and we have come through it strong.
To say that I am proud of our staff, clients, and this community which supports them, would be an understatement. Thanks to all of you we have reached a point of stability, and are able to plan for a bright future.We are hiring to fill vacancies and planning to continue to provide services for domestic violence victims, homeless individuals, and community needs.We have partnered with volunteers from NWRAPS to become the new host of the annual Heritage & Holly Tour, and worked with our partners in the community to continue our mission to coordinate efforts to meet unmet needs.
Thank you for being ready to share in Dove’s work.To explore how you can grow with us to…

Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.

Greetings Friends,
I write today to express my deep gratitude to you as Dove celebrates its 47th anniversary.From the 8 churches which began our mission, to the over 120 supporting and member religious organizations today who see Dove as extension of their mission reach into the world, Dove has become a part of the fabric of the five counties we serve.
None of that is possible without each of you.I thank God for you every day.Your gifts, prayers, donations, service, advocacy, and vision continue to change and save lives.Because of you we have remained flexible to the changing needs of our community and committed to supporting our most vulnerable neighbors. Please know that you are in my prayers, and keep our staff and clients in yours as we continue His work in the years to come.
If you or your organization’s members are ready, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey.Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers, and advoca…

47 Years of Service

Since 1970, 47 years ago this week, Dove, Inc. has been providing services to the community in Central Illinois.  These services are the services the community, our churches, our state, and our country have asked us to provide.  We have stepped up time and time again to address unmet needs and social injustices. 

At Dove, we operate with minimal staffing, a wonderful pool of passionate staff and volunteers, and significant cost controls.  The new budget will pay approximately 87% of the work which the State contracted with Dove to provide in the 2016-17 Fiscal Year. Dove will take a hit of a bit over $100,000 for the year for services which we have already provided in good faith.  While this is difficult, we understand that this is a necessary part of beginning to unravel the State’s ongoing financial issues. We are grateful to the many community members who have stepped forward with donations and grants to keep us able to serve the needs of our community. Many thanks to the amazing D…