November 2017
Your monthly news & updates
DOVES Holiday Programs

The holidays are upon us, and DOVES staff and volunteers are working hard to bring joy to our clients and their families. This is a season of giving, and every year DOVES and our clientele are overjoyed to receive a showering of generosity and kindness. This year has been no exception. DOVES has received many donations and contributions to assist the families we work with, including Thanksgiving dinners from Crabco and Cub Scout Pack 49, as well as Christmas presents and warm weather clothing. With the toy donations that DOVES receives, we are able to host “Santa’s Workshop”, an opportunity for the survivors of domestic violence to come and shop for gifts for their children free of charge. We help them wrap the presents so that they are able to give gifts to their children on Christmas.

Our annual Pajama Drive is also underway and we’re already seeing an outpouring of charitable donations. DOVES would like to extend a special thanks to all those people, businesses, and organizations who’ve given so selflessly this holiday season. Your warm-heartedness has touched people’s lives in ways that are profound and everlasting.  
Meet Our Board Members - November Feature: Dr. Susan Scott
Tell us a little about yourself:
I'm a retired trauma therapist, having held positions as the Clinical Director of a psychiatric hospital in Colorado Springs, CO, and owner of a private practice there that focused on trauma treatment. When living in Texas, I was the Director of Human Resources for the Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport Board. I moved to Big Bear in 2013 following the death of my husband, to be closer to my only son Brian who lives with his wife in Los Angeles. I am completely enjoying retirement, after working 40 years, and love Big Bear because it reminds me of my lovely little mountain town in Colorado.

Why did you choose to join the DOVES board?
My education and training gave me knowledge about domestic violence, and I was honored to be asked to join the DOVES Board of Directors. I had treated a number of domestic violence victims in my private practice, and being associated with DOVES has allowed me to continue following my desire to reach out to survivors in this area. I was immediately impressed with the leadership and work being undertaken at DOVES and wanted to be a part of such a vital organization.

What is your favorite part about working with the DOVES organization?
The people who are involved in DOVES, from the Executive Director and staff, to the Board of Directors, to the volunteers who donate their time, to the survivors who seek DOVES' support-- are all dynamic and forward-thinking individuals who come together to create a positive change in a dangerous and cyclical problem in our society. It's a true privilege to be a part of this group. 
 
What do you do for fun?
I love to make greeting cards for friends and family, with an occasional foray into craft-making such as soaps, candles and shower favors. My primary fun partner is my Golden Retriever, Sophie, who I rescued from Taiwan in 2016. She is my constant companion, and because she's deaf, we communicate through sign language—and lots and lots of hugs and kisses, of course.

 
Lorrie's House Residents Share What They Are Grateful For

We asked several of our clients, “What were they thankful for this Thanksgiving?” Their responses were varied and heartfelt. We would like to share a few with you.

“I am thankful for DOVES.”
“I am thankful for a roof over my head. I am thankful for a mom and a home.”
“I am thankful for having food to eat.”
“I am thankful for the shelter staff and all they have done for me.”

Our clients also got to go to the “Barnstorm” on November 25 and had a special breakfast with Santa. As usual, the food was amazing, and how special to have breakfast with the big guy in the red suit!! Thank you to Renee Wagner, who makes this possible every year. It is sincerely appreciated.
DOVES Nest Offers Dump Services

The DOVES Nest Thrift Boutique is now offering trips to the dump to help people with whole house clean outs and removal of large items that are no longer needed or wanted. The fees vary depending on size, weight, location, and how much time is involved. Large items such as refrigerators and sofa beds are usually priced at $35. Mattresses are typically $10 each and a discount/bulk price is given for multiple items picked up at the same time. The benefit to using DOVES for discarding unwanted household items is that we charge less, making us more affordable, and it is a tax deductible donation.
Assistance Given in November
Individual Counseling Sessions - 140
Crisis Calls - 55
New Clients - 12
Temporary Restraining Orders Issued - 4
 
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