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Ministry looks for additional support
DovCar assisting ex-cons, those fallen on hard times
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Forsyth County News

 

A local nonprofit aimed at helping others get back on their feet is asking for the public's help.

Bob Carlough, one of the three founding members of DovCar Renaissance and Empower Ministry Inc., started the program last year with partners Rick Dove and Terry Drummer.

The program was originally intended to help men recently released from prison. Carlough said the organization has since expanded its efforts to include men who are homeless or those struggling with drug addictions.

DovCar is currently running a home in Stone Mountain and one in Jonesboro. Funding has been hard to come by. Carlough said it has come mostly out of pocket and from a small inheritance his mother left him when she died last year.

"It's been rocky but I think she's helping out in some sort of way," Carlough said.

The ministry has a Forsyth County residence near completion, though it still lacks a few necessities, Carlough said.

"Our challenges are still just every day household items that most people take for granted like towels or linens for any kind of twin size bed," he said. "Pots and pans we have a very difficult time in getting for some reason."

Carlough said the organization is already helping 13 to 15 men in Forsyth County and once completed, the residence will house a maximum of eight men.

"Ideally what we would like to do is keep them in the program with us for six months or maybe a year," he said. "We would gradually like to graduate them from our program into their own home and get them living again on their own and gainfully employed."

He said the program won't accept those who have been convicted of sex-related or violent crimes. Those who wish to participate are screened.

Carlough said the reason to help an organization like DovCar is simple.

"I think it's gonna sound corny, but the nice thing to do is help someone in need," he said, adding that many of the men in the program are former business owners who fell on hard times during the recession.

"They started getting behind on bills, getting behind on house payments ... in this day and age everybody needs to help each other," Carlough said. "Quite honestly it's a good feeling."

Donations can be made through the program's Web site. Carlough said he is also willing to pick up donated items.

For more information, go online at www.dovcar-ministry.org.