|Building a community of peace one person, one family, one home at a time is our mission. We strive to do this by providing safe, caring and confidential shelter, advocacy and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to reduce the incidents of abuse through prevention education.
The DOVE Center was incorporated as a 501C3 in April of 1993 by concerned community citizens, leaders, and business owners, including the Department of Human Services, the County commissioner's office, and City Council members and is owned by the Board of Trustees. The DOVE House in it's entirely was built with the contributions of the community; the land was provided by the City of St. George. The DOVE Center and all associated service provisions were located in its original facility that was built in 1994 until December 2010 when a second facility was established to provide outreach, advocacy, and counseling for people who are currently victims, or were victimized in the past and are in need of services, but do not need safe shelter.
The two DOVE Center facilities are located in the city of St. George. One facility is a safe-shelter for women and children who are vulnerable because of their need to flee an unsafe home, which is now referred to as the DOVE House. The DOVE House is licensed to accommodate 24 women and children, is approximately 4000 square feet with six bedrooms each with four beds, four full baths and one half bath, full kitchen, living area, two laundry facilities, group room, indoor and outdoor play area and covered outdoor seating. Two bedrooms and one bath are handicapped accessible. Located within the shelter are staff offices to provide 24 hour advocacy, case management and counseling, along with a donation storage room.
The DOVE Center has continued to provide safe shelter along with a limited amount of outreach services to victims of domestic and sexual violence since it first opened its doors over fifteen years ago. Service provisions and community collaboration have increased over the past years to provide much-needed community resources to facilitate the creation of safe self dependence. In December 2010, the Board of Trustees felt it was essential, along with the safe-shelter housing facility, to establish a separate facility for victims of domestic and sexual violence who were not in need of safe shelter; with this facility, we were able to provide long term services to those who had previously needed safe shelter. This facility, along with the continuation of providing domestic violence and rape recovery advocacy, consultation and prevention education, also facilitates free counseling, youth programs, support groups, healthy life skills class, and community education and training.
We believe in providing our community the opportunity to assist the least of our neighbors. Today with these tough economic times we are finding more services are needed for women and children in our community and much needed funds are not easy to obtain. The DOVE Center is a private non-profit 501-3 and is only partially funded by private, state, and federal grants. The DOVE Center counts on at least 25% of its funding to come from cash contributions by individuals, organizations, and businesses.
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