March 2018
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DOVES Purchases and Renovates First Duplex For Transitional Living Program
With the help of our community, we recently purchased and renovated our first duplex for our Transitional Living Program. On March 19th two families moved in: one unit is occupied by a mother and her two children, and the other unit is occupied by a mother and one child. 

The unit is called the Ramos House, due to the generous donation from Supervisor James Ramos. We would also like to thank:
  • Kim Boda and Tim Brigham, our realtors with Keller Williams
  • Dale Wedge Construction for the remodel, which was completed on March 15th
  • The DOVES Nest Thrift Store for furnishing one unit and Jerry Patterson, Manager, for assisting with moving clients in
  • All attendees at our Starry Starry Night fundraiser - the monies raised at this event funded the purchase/renovation of the duplex
DOVES Makes Community Involvement a Priority

DOVES' staff were very active in the community during the month of March. We kicked the month off by having a booth at the annual Polar Plunge, an event held to raise funds for the Special Olympics. The following week, many of DOVES’ staff traveled to San Francisco to take part in the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence’s Shifting The Lens Conference, which is an opportunity for organizations in California to gather and exchange ideas while working toward moving the field of domestic violence work forward. On March 8th, DOVES' Program Manager Quinton Page gave a presentation to the Bear Valley Hospital Auxiliary “Pink Ladies”, which focused on how they can play a role in helping DOVES bring an end to domestic violence in our community. One week later, Quinton and DOVES’ Advocate Dawn Hull took part in the first annual Big Bear High School Health Fair, where many students got an opportunity to learn about ways to lead healthy, happy lives. DOVES' Latino Advocate Laura Morales-Rojas and Transitional Advocate Becca Flores have also been very active at the high school, working with students as they learn to have relationships. On March 20th, Quinton and Legal Advocate Rebecca David took DOVES’ message of “Healthy Relationships” to a group of young men who are currently involved in the San Bernardino Probation system. Other outreach activities for the month included Dawn and volunteer Barb Patterson taking part in Community Church’s Easter Egg Hunt for kids. Dawn and Barb helped facilitate games for the kids and handed out prizes. DOVES is grateful to all of the organizations who allow us to spread our message of safe and healthy relationships, and we look forward to more opportunities in the future to be active in our community. 
Staff member, Dawn Hull, and volunteer, Barb Patterson, were happy to represent DOVES at The Easter Egg Hunt at Community Church.
The team from DOVES was honored to have our picture taken with keynote speaker Robin Givens at the "Shifting the Lens" Conference in San Francisco.
A Client's Story at Lorrie's House

Those of us that work at the shelter are fortunate enough to interact with some amazing individuals. We have the gift of being able to work with our clients when they first enter and then note their development as they get ready to depart. We have recently said goodbye to a special client, who has shown amazing growth. She arrived quiet, scared, withdrawn, low self-esteem and depressed.

However, this lady left feeling, as she put it, “On top of the world!” She shared that she had been in programs before and accomplished nothing. She would go back to her old life style. At some point, it became clear to her that she wanted to really accomplish things while in this program. Several doctor’s appointments were taken care of, new glasses were gotten, and she became part of our Transitional Living Program. She shares that her self-esteem is back and emotionally she is in a good place. Her favorite aspects of her stay were the staff and going to groups. We certainly enjoyed her presence in Lorries’ House and wish her nothing but the very best.
DOVES Receives $10,000 from Tony Tamberchi and Rotary Club of Big Bear Valley
DOVES' Program Manager Quinton Page is picture with other community members at the Rotary Club's Sweetheart Ball. The Rotary Club, with a donation from Tony Tamberchi, gifted DOVES $10,000 to help fund our Transitional Living Program. We are incredibly thankful and know client's lives will be impacted with this donation.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect and promotes the social and emotional well-being of children and families.

To learn more about the effects of domestic violence on children, view our website.
Save the Date - Denim Day is April 25th

DOVES is asking members of the Bear Valley community to support survivors of sexual assault by participating in the 19th annual Denim Day for Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 25th.
Assistance Given in March
Individual Counseling Sessions - 129
Crisis Calls - 80
New Clients - 6
Temporary Restraining Orders Issued - 3
 
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