The name change from DOVE Inc. to Dove, Inc. came about in 1983.
Looking through some early DoveTales, our newsletter, the name change came about with a Long Range Plan of the then governing body, Dove's General Board.
from the May 1983 issue
…"* Change in our official name from DOVE Inc. to Dove, Inc."
from the September 1983 issue
"NOTICE OF CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
At the Fall General Board meeting, a Constitutional Amendment will be proposed to the membership. This amendment will officially change the name of our ministry from 'DOVE Inc.' to 'Dove, Inc.' The purpose is to make it easier for people to find us in directories. The Fall meeting will be at 7 p.m. October 24 at Oreana Christian Church, Oreana, Ill."
and then from the December 1983 issue
"The formal name of our organization is now Dove, Inc. Formerly we were known as DOVE Inc. This change was ratified at the General Board Meeting October 24, and will make it easier for people to find our listings in directories. Please make this change in your records."
It's a formal name and the legal name.
It used to be a acronym, Disciples of Volunteer Enlistment. People still ask me today what it stands for, trying to fit "domestic violence" into the D and the V. I tell a story, told to me by Fred Spannaus, the then Executive Director when I started at Dove, that when Dove went ecumenical, they dropped the reference to Disciples of Christ Churches - the founding churches - to make welcome to all denominations. I like that story better than finding the name in directories, so I'll keep using it.
Our agency is called Dove, Inc. We have many program names and event names. We keep our roots with a strong tie to area congregations and volunteers support our programs as well as other agencies through RSVP. We will add programs and change programs and find programs are not needed any longer and let them go. We will keep the name of Dove, Inc.