Letter from the Executive Director of Dove, Inc.: Coordinating efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices.
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 over and makes me so glad to have joined this ministry is the statement of shared values of Dove, Inc. Particularly that “Dove cares about people, especially those who are powerless and hurt. Even when suffering is so great that caring is all we can do, still we stand ready to share the burden and to suffer.”
If you or your organization’s members would like to learn more about supporting Dove’s shared values in our community, 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.