Dear Friends and Supporters of Dove's Nest,
As many of you know, Dove's Nest was formed 13 years ago by a group of volunteers committed to assisting faith communities in their work of keeping children, youth, and vulnerable adults safe. With your help and support over the years, we were able to expand this work, and we have much to be thankful for!
Because of your generosity, we have been able to offer hundreds of churches, camps and other faith groups much-needed abuse prevention education, trainings, consultations, and resources for developing safe sanctuary policies.
As elsewhere, the pandemic brought its share of challenges and many of those continue to have an impact on our ability to sustain our present work. Over the past several months the Board has explored a variety of options to keep the organization moving forward. While the work of Dove's Nest remains essential, the Board has reached the difficult conclusion that our present structure is not sustainable.
We care deeply about the work of abuse prevention, and because of that commitment, we are now in serious conversation with Mennonite Church USA about how this work can be continued and supported more broadly within the denomination. While nothing has been decided at this time, all money we have, and continue to receive, will be completely dedicated to the work of abuse prevention which is stipulated in our bylaws.
We are excited about what possibilities lay head and will continue to keep you informed about these ongoing conversations. We give thanks for everyone who has worked with us through the last 13 years, and we remain hopeful about the future of this important work in the church and committed to keeping every child safe.
In the meantime, we will continue to respond to any emails or calls we receive and try to assist you.
Blessings to you and may you experience the peace of Christ within your heart,
Nancy Kauffmann, Board President
FAREWELL & HEARTFELT APPRECIATION
Given this time of transition, Doves' Nest will also be saying good-bye to Nancy Major. Her role as executive director will conclude at the end of this month. Nancy's strategic guidance and nonprofit expertise has been incredibly valuable to the Board as we've explored various options.
Her energy, passion, and dedication to child abuse prevention has also been deeply appreciated. We wish her the very best in her next endeavor!