Friday, March 27, 2015

Happy Spring!

The official start of spring was March 20th! Spring has many definitions, but the one I prefer is the following: to come into being, rise, or arise within a short time. It only seems too appropriate that springtime was the setting for Jesus’s death on the cross and His resurrection, doesn’t it? In three very short days He conquered death, wiped us clean of all our sins, and rose again!!! So spring means so much more than warm weather and tulips! Spring is a chance to start over, to rise, and to begin again. With that said, I want to challenge everyone this spring as they are out in their yards, walking around town, or just enjoying the beautiful spring days to simply say hi to others you meet. Take the time to get to know your neighbor and others in your community. Victims and survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault are more likely to share their experiences to family members, friends, or neighbors before they ever call a hotline or the police. We never know what another person might be going through and a simple hi could let others know you are there to help and that you are a safe person to talk too. By building these relationships with others you help build a stronger and safer community that doesn’t tolerate violence. By simply talking with others we can inform people about domestic violence and the services that are out there to help both victims and survivors of domestic violence. Encourage those who have been affected by domestic violence to join a support group, seek counseling, or share their story. A simple hi can start that difficult conversation with a friend or neighbor and then you can help them get to the resources they need to start over and rise above the violence they are experiencing. Hurry! Spring has already started! Who could you say hi too?

                                                        -Megan Neaville, DeWitt County Outreach Specialist

Friday, March 20, 2015

Point In Time Numbers Shared

Dove, Inc. and volunteers through the Macon County Continuum of Care (CoC) conducted the annual Point-in-Time count on January 22, 2015. The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night in January. HUD requires that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons who are sheltered in emergency shelter, transitional housing, and Safe Havens on a single night. Continuums of Care also required to conduct a count of unsheltered homeless persons every other year (odd numbered years) but Macon County conducts this count annually, as well. This year Mary Garrison coordinated and carried out the count with the assistance of Millikin students, Dove Staff and local Macon County CoC volunteers.

Darsonya Switzer
Homeward Bound Program Director

Below are a few of the numbers shared at the March 18 Affordable Housing Breakfast.  Watch for additional information in May which gives reflection on these numbers.

Macon County Homeless Data:

Total Number of Homeless Persons
2011 - 202
2012 - 210
2013 - 247
2014 - 255
2015 - 230

Total Number of Chronic Homeless Persons
2011 - 41
2012 - 49
2013 - 69
2014 - 71
2015 - 74

Total Number of Homeless Veterans
2011 - 13
2012 - 9
2013 - 12
2014 - 17
2015 - 8

Total Number of Unsheltered Families
2011 - 25
2012 - 42
2013 - 47
2014 - 50
2015 - 20

Friday, March 13, 2015

Support Groups Offer Help

-Teri Ducy, Domestic Violence Program Director
Do you know that we offer a support group each week for victims of domestic violence? 
Do you know anyone who is in an unhealthy relationship who could benefit from learning about the different types of abuse and how power and control is at the center of any kind of abusive relationship? 
Did you know that abuse is NOT always physical? 

Let us share options available and information about the services we offer. Emotional and verbal abuse can be just as damaging to someone as physical abuse.  Refer to our program.   All of our services are free and confidential.  Please remember, our rural offices in Clinton, Sullivan and Shelbyville have their own weekly support groups that meet as well. 

For additional information, please call our 24 hour hotline at 423.2238. 

The winds of change are upon us

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