Friday, January 22, 2021

Senior Companion Program Seeking Volunteers!

Dove, Inc.  newest program, Senior Companion Program is part of the Senior Corps and fits in nicely with what we do here at Dove and supports our mission.  It is a great and needed addition to the service already provided by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program which was established in the mid-70's!  

RSVP Director,  Charlie Gillaspie will oversee this program, and Kathy Walters is the Program Coordinator.  

The Senior Companion program recruits volunteers to give friendship and assistance to homebound seniors that have difficulty with daily living tasks. The Senior Companion Program or SCP pairs active seniors with older adults who aren't as independent or mobile. In addition to companionship, senior companions can prepare a light lunch, give medication reminder, read mail, and other quality of life activities. Senior Companions are also able to help provide family caregivers much-needed respite so they can take care of themselves.

Senior Companion Volunteers must be 55 years of age or better, go through background checks and training to participate, and must commit to 20 hours per week. In return, Senior Companions are provided with monthly in-service training that keeps them up to date on best practices for the elderly clients they provide companionship or family respite service. Companions are offered a small stipend for their service and support from knowledgeable staff.

This program is made possible with a grant from AmeriCorps, formerly known as the Corporation for National and Community Service. 

For additional information, please see our website, www.doveinc.org or contact us at dove@doveinc.org.

Kathy Walters, SCP Coordinator



Thursday, January 7, 2021

Financial Abuse IS Domestic Violence

We have all heard that the love of money is the root of all evil. For excessive wealth breeds corruption, greed, and manipulation within our society, and we all know our place in the class system.  These traits are not exclusively reserved for the wealthy, for even the smallest amount of money, or the promise of money can be used as a tool of manipulation and control over another human being.  It is the need for power and control that fuels inequalities in relationships where Domestic Violence is prevalent. This also includes Financial Abuse.  Financial Abuse is Domestic Violence.

I am addressing Financial Abuse for the simple reason that it we have started the New Year very much immersed in a pandemic where most are having strain placed on income, and when there is any fluctuation in income, whether that be excess or not enough, stress occurs.  It is more often than not that I am reminded that when people think of Domestic Violence, they seem to associate that only with the physical, visible abuse. What goes unseen many times in Domestic Violence is the Financial Abuse that often is taking place. Financial abuse can look many ways such as putting a person on an allowance or making them ask for money, not letting a person have access to family income or forcing a person to turn over their paycheck, keeping one from having any say or role in deciding how money is spent, stopping/preventing someone from getting or keeping a job or, lastly, spending money that is needed for utilities, rent, and food on things such as drugs, alcohol, or gambling.

Financial Abuse is Domestic Violence.  It is degrading and dehumanizing to the victim being controlled. It’s also one of the biggest barriers as to why people stay in abusive relationships; they simply fear they will not be able to make it without the abuser or have even been told they will not be able to make it without the financial support of their abuser. Financial Abuse is silent and often overlooked, and some people aren’t even aware that they are being financially abused and manipulated. You must know about something before you can recognize it.  During this peculiar time of tax season where family finances can be uncharacteristically up or down, it is important to know the signs of financial abuse.  We at Dove, Inc. offer help for those in abusive financial situations. Please don’t be afraid to reach out. All services are confidential and free. 

Liz Mackey is the Piatt County Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Program

“have you talked to a trained domestic violence advocate?"

Have you ever had a victim of domestic violence try and open-up to you about their abuse and you not know what to say or how to handle it?...