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



Dear Friends,

It is with great joy that we share during Domestic Violence Awareness month two incredible donations and our plan going forward to be certain that the needs of victims of domestic violence are being met in our community.  As you likely know from the news, the Domestic Violence Program at Dove, Inc. was in dire straits at the end of last fiscal year.  Due to a generous donation from the James Millikin Estate to cover part of shelter staff salaries we were able to proceed into FY18 without additional staff and service cuts.  Then a further generous donation from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation for the Domestic Violence Program has positioned us to plan for how we can look at our overall funding structure as we move forward in this next era of budgeting.

One of our strong desire in this situation is to be good stewards of the work which the Lord has given us to do.  While the generous donations just mentioned carry us through the current financial situation, we hope to build local funds in a structure which enables us to decrease our state dependence and continue our Domestic Violence ministry and all of Dove=s ministries into the future.  As you plan your stewardship this fall and for the coming year we hope that you will join us in this effort by continuing to donate as individuals and as churches.  With those donations Dove hopes to replenish our reserves, potentially develop an endowment, and ensure that our mission to coordinate efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices is met.

This fall you will see our ministries moving forward as we congratulate all of our Recognition of Service Excellence (ROSE) award winners and all who serve in RSVP, our local SeniorCorps. Program, move into the schools to promote positive choices with our Healthy Relationships and BABES programs, with Domestic Violence Candlelighting Ceremonies in each county we service, Coats for Kids, and  National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness activities such as Box city and the Allegiance Concert in November. After Thanksgiving, we will celebrate our neighborhoods with the Heritage and Holly Historic Home Tour and support local needs with the Christmas Basket Project, Dove=s longest running ministry in cooperation with North East Community Fund. 


All of these efforts would not be possible without the help of countless volunteers and local community support.  You make Dove what it is, and we are glad to be a part of your ministry to the world. If you or your organization=s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove=s mission, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey.  Dove, Inc. is only as strong as its member organizations, volunteers and advocates.  It is my sincere hope that you will be a part of making our home a community free of human suffering.


Sincerely,

Christine Gregory

 

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