Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.
“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 protected, empowered, respected, and supported the dignity of the clients we have been privileged to serve. So, while the challenges repeat, so too will the successes and joys. Dove is here, strong and ready, to meet the challenges of today head on.
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.