Ive been in an extreme mentally abusive relationship for 3 yrs. I came to dove scared and broken begging for help to leave the marriage. I was turned away after being told my abuse wasnt substantial enough. No I wasnt covered in bruises but my spirit was, I had the worst kind of scars, those you cant see. A man that was already laughing at me and my attempt to reach out now had an organization backing all the horrible things he filled my head with daily, I was nobody who deserved nothing. Vivian was the woman whom turned me away and treated me like the man I was trying to escape.
Dove does many things. Most people think of their domestic violence advocacy, but the Dove program that I volunteer for is the Dove Children's Clothing Room. I have volunteered two Mondays a month for nearly 4 years. It is set up like a store and families can come there once a month and get three outfits per child. We also have coats, scarves hats, and mittens in the winter, and new socks and underwear to give the families, while supplies last, year round. I think it really helps families and I enjoy spending time there.