Dove Center receives Purple Ribbon Award

The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — The Dove Center has been named a recipient of a Theresa’s Fund 2021 Purple Ribbon Award in the category of Program/Shelter of the Year.

Winners are chosen across 28 categories, as judged by a national panel of respected professionals from the domestic violence field.

The Purple Ribbon Awards are the first comprehensive awards program honoring the heroes of the domestic violence movement, including advocates, programs, shelters, survivors and members of the community support system. Winners include entries from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Winning entries received a certificate signed by Theresa’s Fund founder Preston V. McMurry Jr. and an official Purple Ribbon Award medallion that combines a purple ribbon and custom circular gold medal engraved with the winner’s category.

All other entries received an honoree certificate “because everyone’s heroic efforts to help victims of domestic violence deserve acknowledgment and applause.”

The Dove Center, Garrett County’s comprehensive domestic and sexual violence program, received the award for Program/Shelter of the Year in recognition of its innovative, resilient expansion of programs, including the new Transitional Housing units, pet sheltering program, trauma informed educational efforts, school and campus counseling program, JEWELS group, and more.

Each entry was scored by three judges and each judge scored each entry on a 1-25 scale across four factors: Challenge & Impact (the scope of the challenge faced and overcome), Creativity & Originality (the inventiveness of the nominee in their endeavor), Submission Excellence (the caliber of the materials accompanying the entry) and Overall (the overall performance of the entry relative to other entries).

The scores for an entry were averaged and up to the three highest scores in a given category received a Purple Ribbon Award.

To ensure parity, entries were classified into one of three groups based on the size of a nominee’s organization: Less than $500,000, Between $500,001 and $2,000,000 and Greater than $2,000,000, and entries were judged within the size classification within each category.

In other words, there were three separate competitions within each category to provide organizations the opportunity to be reviewed among their peers.

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Dove Center Receives Grant From Mary Kay

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Sep. 29, 2011

The Dove Center has been selected to receive a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of its annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program. The Dove Center is one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program. The grant will be used to support operating expenses of the agency’s domestic violence shelter, which houses an average of 125 women and children every year.

“We are so happy to have the support of the Mary Kay Foundation as we enter our 20th year in Garrett County,” stated Heather Hanline, Dove Center executive director.

“With the help of this grant and our new facility – which is the product of 10 years of planning, fundraising, and grant writing – we are fully prepared to provide comfort, safety, and healing to families in crisis.”

According to the Mary Kay Truth About Abuse national survey conducted last March, the current economic downturn has increased demand for the services provided by domestic violence shelters. The report also finds that the ability for these centers to raise funds and provide services will decrease in 2012. The survey also suggests that:

• 80 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse, with most victims attributing violence to financial issues;

• 76 percent of domestic violence shelters indicate their funding has decreased;

• 65 percent of women in shelters can’t find employment due to the economy.

• 56 percent of shelters state that abuse is more violent than before the economic downturn;

“In light of the economic downturn and alarming increases in domestic violence, the Mary Kay Foundation’s mission is more critical than ever before,” said Jennifer Cook, MKF board member.

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Two area violence crisis centers receive funds

Cumberland, Oakland agencies allotted money for rape prevention programs
Eric Morris
The Cumberland Times-News Mon Sep 26, 2011, 10:11 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND — Two area violence crisis centers have been allotted funds this month through the Maryland government’s Community Sexual Violence Prevention & Awareness program.

Family Crisis Resource Center, of Cumberland, and the Dove Center, of Oakland, are two of 17 Maryland agencies that have received funding for their rape crisis programs.

The Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention awarded $300,000 in grants to organizations across the state in an effort to reduce rape and other forms of sexual violence through prevention.

“The money will be used to raise community awareness,” said Sara-Beth James, executive director of the Family Crisis Resource Center, who says 80 percent of the agency’s funding is through grants.

“It will fund ‘healthy relationship’ presentations at different community organization events, as well as provide workshops and fund materials given out at promotional events.”

Rape crisis centers provide educational seminars, hotline services, emergency shelters, training programs for professionals, and print materials and other resources. They aim to increase awareness regarding rape and sexual assault prevention.

Dove Center Executive Director Heather Hanline echoed James in stating that the funds will be used to further the organization’s public awareness initiative.

“The funds are already in place, as this is a continuation of a grant that we’ve had for 12 years,” said Hanline. “They will continue to be used for our brochures, newspaper ads, billboards, presentations, anything that will increase public awareness of sexual violence.”

According to the governor’s office, agencies will also use the funds to provide education, training and support services for victims, health professionals and the general public.

Family Crisis Resource Center, which has served Allegany County for more than 30 years, will receive $11,000, while the Dove Center, an Oakland-based organization that maintains four locations in Garrett County, will be granted $4,750.

The Dove Center also received a $20,000 grant Monday from the Mary Kay Foundation as part of an annual $3 million national domestic violence grant program.

The Dove Center, one of 150 domestic violence organizations participating in the program, will use the grant to support the operating expenses of its domestic violence shelter.

Family Crisis Resource Center helps between 800 and 900 domestic or sexual violence victims and their children each year, while the Dove Center sees approximately 525.

The two local agencies are private, nonprofit organizations that specialize in the intervention and prevention of domestic and sexual violence.

While violent crime is at historically low levels in Maryland, reports of rape increased by 4.9 percent in 2010, according to the governor’s office.

“We are very appreciative to the governor’s office for funding this need,” added James. “Prevention and awareness is the No. 1 way to combat the problem.”

Agencies must apply for the grant on an annual basis through a competitive grant application process. The grant’s amount, according to Hanline, is based on the population and Uniform Crime Reports of sexual violence in the area an agency serves.

Together, the 17 agencies serve all 24 jurisdictions of Maryland.

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Habitat for Humanity, women’s shelter due funding

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Cumberland Times-News

— OAKLAND — Two Garrett County Community Development Block Grants have been announced by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.

A grant for $250,000 will provide funding to construct the infrastructure for development of 21 Habitat for Humanity houses outside Deer Park.

At Oakland, an $800,000 grant will be used to construct a 5,675-square-foot building to be used as a domestic violence shelter and counseling center.

The Dove Center currently operates a family violence and sexual assault resource center in Garrett County.

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Town Of Oakland Receives Major Grant To Benefit The Dove Center

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Aug. 19, 2010

Oakland mayor Peggy Jamison announced to staff and board members of the Dove Center on Friday, Aug. 13, that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the town of Oakland a Community Development Block Grant.
The grant of $800,000 will help the Dove Center build a new facility, which is projected to be completed in less than 18 months. The facility will provide storage space, private offices for administrators and counselors, and safe, secure shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Criteria for the grant included demonstrated need and community support for a new facility. “Dem-onstrating need for the facility was relatively easy. The current shelter, with one bathroom, sometimes houses as many as 15 people,” stated a spokesperson for the Dove Center.

In addition to the grant, community support also helped to finance the plan for the new building. Two years ago the center, under the leadership of Edna Forsyth, organized Capital Campaign II, setting a goal of $200,000, which was a quarter of the amount applied for in the grant. Employees and volunteers set out to ask friends, family, neighbors, and businesses for donations. To date, according to the campaign’s chair, Pam Trickett, the total campaign effort has raised about $289,000, with donations still coming in.

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Dove Center Brd. Announces Locale For New Facility

Dove Center Brd. Announces Locale For New Facility

Apr. 8, 2010

The Dove Center has announced the location for its planned new office and shelter complex in Oakland. The Dove Center is Garrett County’s independent non-profit agency formed in 1991 to advocate for and provide assistance to victims of domestic violence.
The Dove Center board of directors acquired property for the new complex from Dr. David Tuel, located behind his professional office building just off Memorial Drive in Oakland. Tuel and his wife Dorothy, who serves as chairperson of the Dove Center board of directors, transferred the property for half of its appraised value and committed to buy it back at cost should the project not come to fruition.

Architectural design and preparatory site work will be completed soon, according to Heather Hanline, center director. The complex will provide expanded temporary residential quarters for victims, as well as staff offices and a counseling center.

The Dove Center has begun Phase II of its capital campaign to raise enough money to begin construction.

“Once again we have applied for Community Development Block Grant funding for the project,” Hanline said. “Not already owning ‘shovel-ready’ property was one of the reasons our application was turned down last year. CDBG administrators also advised that we need more local support and cash on hand to guarantee the facility will be fully completed in a timely manner.”

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