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"What is this thing called Dove?"

We’re looking back today! This article is from the April 1987 DoveTales Newsletter, written by then editor Nancy Jo Batman. Tried to recreate the article exactly as it was typed in the original newsletter.       " W H A T    I S    T H I S    T H I N G    C A L L E D    "D O V E" ?      "Oh, I didn’t know you had a Domestic Violence too." . . . "You work with kids too?" . . . "Gosh, I didn’t know all those volunteers that work in the RSVP program were part of Dove too!"       As noted elsewhere in Fred’s "ORTS" column, some of you may be reading this and have no idea why. In fact, you may have asked, "what is this thing called Dove?" This is a primer course for you and a refresher course for our faithful volunteers and supporters.       Dove, Inc. is a social-service organization supported by 37 congregations representing 12 denominations in Decatur and the surrounding area. Dove has a

Volunteer Training Scheduled for the Domestic Violence Program.

Have you always wanted to learn more about domestic violence, and/or work with victims of domestic violence? If so, please make a point to sign up for our upcoming Domestic Violence Education and Volunteer Training. This Training will be held April 11-27, Monday - Thursday, from 1:00 to to 5:00 p.m. The training will take place in the Dean Simcox Conference Center at 302 S. Union, Decatur. Cost is $150. Scholarships may be requested if absolutely unable to pay. Volunteers are so important to the program. Volunteers work along side staff members to help adults and children in the program move forward to a more positive, peaceful life. Registration for the training is between February 15 and April 4. Call Barb Blakey, Director of Volunteers and Community Relations to start the process or for additional information. 428.6616

What if?

As I reflect on 2016 and the New Year lying before us - my mind can' t help but wander.   Looking back over another year, I dream about all the " what ifs?"   I thought I' d take a moment to share some of those " What If" thoughts-   What if our community really and truly did not tolerate domestic violence in any shape or form? What if those who commit the crime of domestic violence are punished to the fullest extent of the law? What if we our community is really able to take notice at the significant amount of increases in domestic violence cases that are taken to trial? What if victims could stand their ground, without fear, without retaliation, without regret as they take those courageous steps to taking back control of their own lives? What if everyone felt safe to disagree with the ones they love, having no fear when they choose to agree to disagree? What if our community made a determined effort to educate themselves on the facts