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Summer Hours Set for MAX

MAX, Macon County Assistance eXchange, is a joint effort to provide a centralized location to provide monetary support to persons in the community who have a verified emergency need. MAX provides a systematic way to verify their needs and respond in a timely manner to those needs.Financial support is from area congregations, individuals and foundations. MAX also works with AMEREN IP to distribute funding through the Warm Neighbors Cool Friends Program, which assists persons with payment of their power bills, in Macon and DeWitt Counties.
Most people seeking help are sent to MAX from the 211 program, social service agencies and area congregations with anticipation of helping clients. Others seeking assistance have learned about the program from family, friends and public/social media. MAX Volunteers work with those seeking assistance, helping them fill out an application for assistance.The client then meets with the Coordinator to review the need.The application is reviewed and verified, …

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends,



Celebrating spring with joy at the renewal of life which surrounds us. The sun, the birdsong, the blooming trees and gardens, all point towards a truth of creation, God renews all things.


Here at Dove, we face challenges alongside out clients each and every day. Whether they are struggling with health, aging, poverty, homelessness, loneliness, manipulation, or being empowered, we listen and help them find the tools and resources to seek renewal and resilience. We prayerfully seek God's will in our community.



Thank you to all who support this mission with your prayers, provisions, participation, or pocketbooks. You also renew our staff and clients' spirits with your dedication. We hope that you are renewed in your faith in the God of hope.



If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s efforts in our community, please reach out to our Volunteer & Community Relations Director, Barb Blakey. Dove, Inc. is only as st…

Isn't it time you put your talent to work?

Volunteering is sometimes viewed as an entirely selfless act, with the assumption that you’re sacrificing your time and resources to help others without any benefit to yourself…
But, as many of us that volunteer already knows, this is far from the truth. Although our primary goal through volunteering may be to help others, we also know that the experience of helping others feels incredible! Volunteering in your community can help the older American stay healthy, active, and connected to their community. That is why Dove’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a vital part of Macon and DeWitt Counties. We help volunteers 55 years of age or better find meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit a volunteer’s passion, expertise, and time. Volunteers willing to serve ensures that needed services are available to those in need.
Before getting started with a volunteer opportunity, it’s important to ask yourself what you’d like to learn or accomplish from volunteer service.If you ju…

Dove, Inc., awarded America’s Farmers grow communities donation from local Sullivan/Moultrie county farmer

Each year, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program partners with local farmers to provide grants to local nonprofits.
Grow Communities, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, provides farmers the opportunity to support and give back to nonprofit organizations they care about in their local communities by enrolling for a chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.

Since 2010, the Grow Communities program has given more than $29 million to nonprofits across rural America.





April 27, Moultrie County farmer David Smith directed a $2,500 donation to Dove, Inc., as part of the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund.
As part of their mission Dove will use the funds to serve victims of domestic violence in Moultrie County. "I would like to thank David Smith for choosing Dove to receive this generous donation. Dove works for justice, equality and understanding among all people." "This donation will allow us to …

Sharing from a Prayer Vigil

Earlier in April, I had the opportunity to participate in a prayer vigil sponsored by HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital here in Shelbyville.As I stood in the crisp, bright sunlight waiting for my turn to speak, I heard the testimony of a brave woman as she spoke to the audience assembled about the abuse she suffered in her childhood.Her story was riveting, her bravery was amazing and the end of her story was happy as she spoke of the people who had been there for her and for her abusive parent.She and her family have a healthy, close relationship now and she raised her kids in a completely different atmosphere.These results are possible when people care and when the cycle of abuse is broken and healthier behaviors are put in place.
Abuse is a learned behavior.It is not caused by anger, by alcohol or by drugs, but these intoxicating substances can certainly heighten its severity.Children and animals are sometimes the “collateral damage” of domestic violence.Usually, mom…and sometimes dad…….is…

Our Thanks to Volunteers

This week we have been celebrating National Volunteer Week. April 15-21 has been a time to honor not only our RSVP Volunteers but all volunteers in our communities. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program was blessed with help from Thrivent Financial grant through Dave Hinkle to help us give generously to others this week. Staff got to deliver pizza lunches for some dedicated volunteers throughout our community. We even had the opportunity to share more about Thrivent Financial by giving T-shirts to random volunteers and thanking them for lending their time, talents, and voices that help to make a big difference in our community.

In addition to pizza delivery RSVP staff were honored to attend the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards on April 18th where we watched as one of our very own RSVP volunteers Alice Bray received the East Central Illinois Volunteer Service Award in the Senior Corps category for her hard work and dedication to Dove’s Children’s Clothing Room.Alice has served in…

Knowledge is Power

In light of our upcoming Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training, I am reminded of the impact education and awareness has in our community.Domestic Violence is such a wide spread issue in our world, and right here in our own community, and yet somehow it still manages to fly under the radar of public perception.We interact with abusers and victims on a regular basis in our everyday lives.We work with them, go to school with them, attend church with them, pass them in the grocery store, and even use the treadmill next to them in the gym (when I go to the gym that is.)
The world is full of wonderful, compassionate, well-meaning people who have absolutely no idea how much injustice surrounds them on a regular basis.In fact, it’s not a bad presumption to assume that most people in this world are only a degree or two separated from someone who is currently in a domestic violence situation.The reality is, this evil hides in plain sight right before our eyes, and many of us simply …

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

Dear Friends,
On a street corner, I recently had a conversation with a homeless man. He stopped to listen while I was completing the devotion of Evening Prayer and we bonded over the strength of the psalm on that particular day.He told me a bit of his story, and how he wished he had taken some of the advice David offered when he was younger.He also talked about feeling kindred to David because “David gets the frustration.”He then shared a story of mental health and substance abuse which he felt frustrated and powerless to overcome.
I’m happy to say that due to the hard work and dedication of outreach workers and volunteers of several of the partners in the Macon County Continuum of Care, including Dove, the man is currently sheltered.I am hopeful that with continued work his frustrations and feelings of powerlessness over his burdens will be diminished.It takes patience. This type of love for our neighbors is a marathon, and not a sprint.
One of the things which draws me to Dove over and…

2018 Point-in-Time

Results from the 2018 Point-in-Time survey were released at Thursdays' Community Breakfast.  It was great to see so many who made time in their schedules to be there and to be up to date on some of the homelessness statistics for Macon County. 
Each January, the Macon County Continuum of Care conducts a 24-hour survey to seek the most up to date numbers on homelessness in Macon County.  The results of that survey  for 2018, were released at the 2018 Community Breakfast on March 22, 2018. 


Please check our website for the complete results:  www.doveinc.org
(And for the past 11 years reports.)
But a few highlights shared at that breakfast not showing up on the report:
people from various agencies are already working to reach out to those who are homeless with an individualized effort of helpnever give up, you don't know which time someone is approached by a caring concerned staff that the person will be ready for a different path for themselves a group effort is needed and from…

Is it time to "clean house?"

Spring is coming… time of rebirth in nature...flowers coming up, grass becoming green again, leaves sprouting on all our trees and bushes. It is a customary time to think of spring cleaning in our homes and offices. But how about some sprucing up for ourselves? If you, or someone you know, have unresolved issues regarding family abuse, this is a great time to "clean house" and find a new outlook on life. Issues we don’t deal with can become bigger and darker over the years. Our program here in Shelby County, as in all our counties, is free and completely confidential. We are here for both individual and group counseling for adults and for children. We would be happy to meet with you to talk about your issues and to develop a plan to make this your best spring and summer ever. Give us a call at 217.774.4888 or 217.774.3121 to make an appointment or to have your questions answered. -Susie Kensil, Shelby County Coordinator

Warm Neighbors Cool Friends

WNCF is located in the MAX office for Macon and DeWitt Counties
Macon County Assistance eXchange, located inside of Decatur First United Methodist Church, 201 W. North, Decatur Open Monday - Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Below are the current Income Guidelines for Weatherization and Bill Payment Assistance. Families must show proof of income. A family's monthly gross income must fall between the ranges below, based upon family size, to qualify.

Power must be on/ Bill must be current/no old bills No help from DMCOC/LiHeap/Pipp in the last twelve months Must meet income guidelines Must have proof of hardship and 60 days of paystubs

Family Size 30-Day (Gross) Monthly Income Range Must be between: 1          $1,508 - $3,016 2          $2,030 - $4,060 3          $2,533 - $5,106 4          $3,075 - $6,150 5          $3,598 - $7,196 6          $4,120 - $8,240 7          $4,643 - $9,286 8          $5,165 - $10,330
Locally at MAX FY 17, Warm Neighbors Cool Friends helped 330 families with $80,3…

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

Dear Friends,
“It was a tumultuous time. Marginalized people continued their fight for equality.  A “New Right” mobilized in defense of political conservatism and traditional family roles, and the behavior of the President undermined many people’s faith in the good intentions of the federal government. “
The summary above struck me as I write this, because it is a summary of the year 1970 written for History.com. That was the year in which Dove, Inc. began. Forty-eight years later the names of the key players may have changed, but the national issues are largely the same. Human need is relational, and social injustice is still very much real.To quote another adage, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Ecclesiastes 1:9 tells us this is so, and to some this might seem like a message of defeat.However, I see it as a message of hope for all who are touched by Dove’s service.Because in the past 48 years, we have impacted thousands of individual lives for the better. We have…

Dove's Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training

Training is available for individuals interested in educating themselves on the issues surrounding domestic violence. The training will take place April 30 through May 16, Monday through Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Decatur, at Dove, 302 S. Union, Dean Simcox Conference Room. This 40-hour training is approved by ICADV, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence. This training is being facilitated by two Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, one of whom is also an Illinois Certified Partner Abuse Intervention Professional. There is a $150 fee for the training, with some scholarships available.



To register, contact Barbara Blakey at 217.428.6616. A phone interview starts the process and needs to take place by Noon, Monday, April 23.



Individuals interested in making a difference in the lives of victims and children served by Dove’s Domestic Violence Program are encouraged to participate in this training. Be an advocate for peace in your school…

Look for the Signs

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Here are a few signs to watch for:  


A person who is in a violent relationship often is:

afraid of her partner’s temper*
afraid to break up because her partner has threatened to hurt himself or others
constantly apologizing for or defending her partner’s behavior
afraid to disagree with her partner
isolated from family or friends
embarrassed in front of others because of her partner’s words or actions
intimidated by her partner and coerced into having sex


* Pronoun choices reflect the fact that over 95% of the perpetrators of domestic violence are male.



A person who exhibits violent behavior in a relationship often:


has an explosive temper
is possessive or jealous of his partner’s time, friends, and/or family
constantly criticizes his partner’s thoughts, feelings, or appearance
pinches, slaps, grabs, shoves, or throws things at his partner
coerces or intimidates his partner into having sex
blames his partner for his own anger
causes hi…

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Moving from Terror to Hope and Healing

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, which always makes me sad.When I think of teens, I conjure up positive images of school, college applications, music and fashion, earning a driver’s license, crazy fun with friends, mood swings, that first crush, and steady growth into independence and adulthood - NOT violence and fear.However, for many teens, dating violence is a terrifying reality.
The statistics are staggering.According to Love Is Respect, the National Teen Dating Violence Helpline, 1.5 million high school students experience physical abuse from a dating partner every year.One in three adolescents in the U. S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner.Use of technology to coerce, stalk, and blackmail teen partners is increasingly common in abusive teen relationships.Girls and young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence – almost triple the national average.Victims of teen da…