The past few months have seen a lot of successes for DOVES. October was national Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we took the opportunity to spread knowledge about domestic abuse in our community. On October 2nd DOVES hosted the annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” with help from the Big Bear High School’s football, cheer, and dance teams as well as Big Bear Fire and Sheriff Departments. Assemblyman Obernolte and Mayor Caretto also came to show their support by marching alongside us. DOVES staff have also been spending time at Chautauqua School and Big Bear High School educating the students about healthy relationships, and how to identify and help with domestic abuse. DOVES will return to the High School in February to speak with Freshman as part of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.
DOVES would like to thank the community of Big Bear for their wonderful generosity during this holiday season. Through multiple giving efforts, we have been able to provide our clients with many wonderful gifts and opportunities. Here are a few of the kindhearted donations we received: CrabCo Construction, Big Bear Lake Rotary Club, and Cub Scout Pack 49 all provided generous food donations. The Big Bear Moose Lodge adopted and shopped for several of our clients and their children so that they would have Christmas presents. Big Bear Disposal also adopted shelter clients for the ninth year in a row. We are so grateful for the gifts that were individually bought for the clients. Big Bear High School and The Big Bear Moose Riders Club both organized toy drives so that DOVES could put on its annual Santa’s Shop, and opportunity for our clients to come and shop for their children and grandchildren at no cost. Barnstorm Cafe and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department threw wonderful holiday parties for our shelter clients. CitiBank, First Mountain Bank, Community Church and First Baptist Church helped us to put on our annual Pajama Drive, providing much needed clothing to our clients and their children. DOVES would like to extend our greatest appreciation toward these and all other organizations and individuals who helped to make this holiday season joyous for our clientele.
Assemblyman Jay Obernolte walks with the Big Bear High School football team during Walk a Mile in Her Shoes.
Local Cub Scouts donate food baskets for DOVES clients.
DOVES conference room is turned into “Santa Shop” for clients to shop for their children.