October was a great month at the DOVES Outreach! Our clients enjoyed the “Fall Fashion Day”, an event put on by volunteer Janet Grace Nelson, where survivors of domestic violence have a day of beauty which includes expanding their wardrobes and make-up makeovers. The DOVES Outreach is also happy to welcome Janet Grace as she facilitates her “Jumpstart 4 Joy” group, a four week program which focuses on self-empowerment. DOVES would like to send a special thanks to Janet Grace, who has been working with us to help victims build new, successful lives free of violence.
October also brought us “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” (DVAM). DOVES’ staff commemorated this special time of year by expanding outreach to our community. The Big Bear Lake City Council decreed an official proclamation declaring October as DVAM, and welcomed DOVES Program Manager Quinton Page to present and offer a special “thank you” to the community for all the support they offer DOVES in the work we do. DOVES staff and volunteers also took part in the first annual “Mountain Project Connect Fair”; an event held in Crestline with the goal of connecting those on and off the mountain to services. The event was a big success, not only for those who received services, but also for the organizations which took part and had an opportunity to network. DOVES would like to thank all those who participated in #PurpleThursday on October 19th. Many members of the community donned their purple clothing to show that we all stand with victims and survivors in their fight against domestic violence. Finally, DOVES would like to thank everyone who attending the first ever “Silence Hides Violence” educational seminar, where DOVES staff welcomed members of the community to spread awareness and educate about domestic violence. DOVES knows that we could not do the work we do without the understanding and support we receive from the community of Big Bear, and are extremely grateful for that help.
To see more photos from #PurpleThursday take a look at our Facebook album here.