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My name is Pastor Shane Hartman. I have had the opportunity to coordinate the MAX program for the last five years. In that time, between the MAX program and Ameren's Warm Neighbor Cool Friends, MAX has had the opportunity to help over 5000 families with close to a million dollars of financial assistance.
I have been able to help seniors get medicine, help people keep their homes, help struggling students complete their GED’s, keep water on for Moma’s and their babies, help people get out of the cold or heat for night, give the gift of new glasses, help people get teeth pulled, assist people with bus passes and keep the lights on for many.
Don’t tell my boss, but I have the greatest job ever. I get to directly impact people’s lives in the moment of their crisis. When people come into my office there are having the worst day of their lives. Hopefully, when they leave they have hope and a little joy in their lives.
This is only possible with the generous support from churches, foundatio…

However, there is good news...

Domestic violence has long been an issue that was shoved behind closed doors and preferably never discussed.Society’s attitude was that it was a personal issue or that what happened in the home was only the business of the people who lived in the home. Fortunately, over the past decades that idea has begun to change.Domestic violence has begun to be considered the crime that it is, and people are beginning to realize that it truly is everyone’s business.The revelation of all the abuse cases in the entertainment industry has given birth to the #metoo and #enough movements.Press coverage of all types of abuse has increased dramatically and victims of both sexes are feeling safe enough to come forward with their stories.This is a refreshing and long-awaited change.
Just four short years ago, domestic violence was virtually ignored in the world of collegiate and professional sports. In February 2014, Ray Rice, a Baltimore Ravens running back, attacked his fiancée (now wife) in an elevator …

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

Dear Friends,
One of the cornerstones of the history of Dove, Inc. is advocacy for the needs of the people living in poverty in our communities.The past month has had some dire concerns for the City of Decatur.USA Today reports that from 2010-2016 concentrated poverty rose so that we now have the highest concentration of poverty of any community in the state[i].The Herald and Review reports that evictions are double the state rate[ii]. Our Point-In-Time count of Homeless indicates an increase as well[iii].We have a beautiful city with lots to offer that is suffering and whose impoverished citizens are struggling.
Where is one to find hope in all of this? In the words of the late Pastor Fred Rogers (“Mr. Rogers”), we “look for the helpers.”We look for the countless Retired and Senior Volunteers who man the city and keep good work going.We look for the people coming together to work on issues such as opioids, homelessness, and childhood maltreatment.We look for the BABES volunteers who br…

1.9 Million

Since October of 2012, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) has been collecting, sorting, and shipping coupons to families overseas in support of the Expired Coupons for Overseas Military Families or (ECOM). Military families do not have access to manufactures coupons overseas. Having no coupons is a challenge since they have limited shopping options and often must pay more for the same item that we do in America. The bonus for families stationed overseas is if they can get their hands on manufactured coupons they can use them up to six months past the coupon expiration date at the commissaries/PX/store on base. This helps the families stationed overseas save money that can be used for other needed items for their families, including those ever-expensive phone calls back home to their cherished loved ones.
When RSVP started this project, it was just a small way to help a few families. No one ever imagined the incredible response to the call for coupons. In short, we underes…

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

Over the past 48 years, the religious organizations, volunteers, advocates, and staff of Dove, Inc. have been a positive force for collaboration on the tough issues facing the communities in the five counties which Dove serves.Individuals, families and children in poverty, or whose safety are in jeopardy, need the compassion and love which we have been asked to give our neighbors.
That is one reason I am excited to remain involved in Decatur’s City Revitalization process, and excited to welcome Community Engagement Coordinator, Sattin Schreiner, to our Dove family. We also had the opportunity in the last month to welcome people from across the state to our community and have them learn about loving our neighbors from some of the organizations involved in the Macon County Continuum of Care to End Homelessness, for which Dove is the Lead Agency. Our rural counties have been blessed by neighbors banding together to provide food, safety, clothing, and neighborly love to one another.In shor…

National Domestic Violence Counts Report

The 12th annual Domestic Violence Counts Report is in.On 9-13-17, 1,694 out of 1,873 (90%) identified domestic violence programs in the US participated in the National Census of DV Services.The following are some of the figures that represent the information provided by these 1,694 participating programs during this 24-hour period.

•72,245 victims were served in one day
•40,470 adult & child victims of DV found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local DV programs
•31,775 adult & child victims received non-residential assistance and services that included counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups
•20,352 hotline calls were answered (an average of 848 calls per hour or more than 14 calls per minute)
•In the past year, 531 of the programs surveyed (31%) laid off or left unfilled 1,077 staff positions nationwide.Most of these positions (62%) were direct service providers, such as shelter staff or legal advocates.
•On Census Day, 102 of the pa…

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…