Friday, March 23, 2018

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 help
  • never 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 the many there at the breakfast, that is what is happening
  • and thanks to many local media for sharing the story to so many across central Illinois
Darsonya Switzer, Homeward Bound Program Director with WAND crew

Barb Blakey, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations

Friday, March 16, 2018

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

Friday, March 9, 2018

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 $80,397.
FY 18 - WNCF has helped 240 families with $59,765.





Update from the Domestic Violence Program

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