Tag: domestic violence

DOVES Seeks MVP’s : Men for Violence Prevention

Big Bear, Ca, October 3, 2011, 3:00pm – Hundreds of people came together last Sunday to support DOVES, and to speak out against Domestic Violence.  The 4th annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event took place, where men and boys put on women’s shoes, and walked through the village to stand against Domestic Violence in Big Bear.  The march was led by the Big Bear High School football team, and also included Big Bear Valley Firefighters, community and church members.  DOVES is an outreach center for victims of Domestic Violence, and provides many programs including legal advocacy for victims of domestic violence, one on one counseling, children’s therapy, a men’s mentoring program, transitional housing, Hispanic outreach, elder abuse support, a teen dating violence program and also has a 17 bed shelter in Big Bear.  In a presentation to the Community Church congregation Sandy Benson, DOVES Director of Outreach Services, stated that many people don’t think domestic violence happens in our “Big Bear bubble,” however the statistics from last year prove that idea wrong.  In the 2010-2011 fiscal year DOVES answered 614 hotline calls, served 877 adults and children, provided 358 hours of legal advocacy, received 270 shelter requests, and provided shelter locally for 35 families or individuals.  According to DOVES, local people who request shelter are sent to other areas to protect the families, and DOVES has always...

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Dedication of DOVES Shelter as “Lorrie’s House”

Big Bear, CA, May 2, 2011, 5:00pm – Family and friends of DOVES, Big Bear’s local domestic violence shelter, were present at a dedication of the local DOVES shelter to honor former board member and domestic violence survivor, Lorrie Rennick.  In a ceremony on Saturday, April 30th, Michael Natzic, DOVES Chairman, and Kathi Harper, Executive Director unveiled an inscription dedicating the home in honor of Mrs. Rennick as “Lorrie’s House”.  As a tribute to his wife, Dick Rennick paid the remaining mortgage balance on the home, in turn, dedicating the shelter in her honor.  As Mr. Natzic stated, “this house will be her permanent mark on our community”.  The Rennicks lived in Big Bear from 2004 to 2009 and Mrs. Rennick worked for DOVES before becoming a member of the board.  The DOVES shelter is a place for domestic violence victims to rebuild their lives in a 6-month rehabilitation program that provides counseling and job training in a home setting.  The shelter can accommodate up to 17 people.  Past board member, Janet Trott, spoke on the history of the house that was purchased in 1993.  She reminisced about how there were times she and staff went three months without pay in order to pay the mortgage on the property.  The generous contribution by the Rennicks ensures that there will always be a home and help for those in need...

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