Dove Financial Assistance

Formerly the MAX Program - Macon County Assistance eXchange

What is Dove Financial Assistance

DFA is a joint effort of area religious organizations to give monetary support to persons who have emergency financial needs. DFA provides a systematic way to verify needs and provides a central location for persons seeking assistance.

DFA also works with Ameren Illinois to distribute the funding through the "Warm Neighbors, Cool Friends Program," which assists persons with payment of their summer and winter power bills.

Thousands of families in Macon County have been helped through this program since 1984.

Volunteers assist applicants with needed information on the applications. The applications are reviewed and decisions to requests we can grant are determined, up to $300. The Coordinator will let those who cannot be helped know immediately at the appointment time or via a letter should it take longer to determine.. Checks to vendors or landlords will be issued when a request is approved. The Coordinator also works with other service providers, making referrals and sharing other agency services with applicants.

A few guidelines to remember:

  • DFA can only grant up to $300 per application.
  • A person can be helped more than once. However, 365 days must pass before he or she may be granted assistance again.
  • This program relies on donations from religious organizations and individuals. When funds are depleted, no applications can be filled until money is available again.

DFA Locations and Hours

Macon County

Decatur First United Methodist Church, 201 W. North, Decatur
Monday - Thursday, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

The Good Samaritan Inn, 920 N. Union Street, Decatur
1st Friday of each month, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Prairie Avenue Christian Church, 2201 E. Prairie, Decatur
1st and 3rd Wednesday Mornings, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Oasis, 243 W. Cerro Gordo, Decatur
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.


DeWitt County

Dove Clinton Office, 803 W. Leander, Clinton
Tuesday Mornings, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Warm Neighbors Cool Friends


Shelby County

1410 W. Main Street, Shelbyville
inside the Salvation Army Building
Wednesdays, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Moultrie County

216 W. Jefferson, Sullivan
inside the United Methodist Church
Wednesdays, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
STARTING November 20, 2019


How can you help?

Donations to the program are always needed and welcomed. Please send your donation to:

Dove, Inc. 
302 S. Union, Decatur, IL 62522

Volunteers are also needed to assist the Coordinator. Duties include greeting applicants, assisting applicants with application process and general office need such as filing, copying, data entry, etc.

If you would like more information about the program or would like a speaker about the program, please contact the office at 217.433.7435 or by e-mail at

DAX - DeWitt County Assistance eXchange

803 W. Leander 
Clinton, IL 61727 

Open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What is DAX?

DAX provides emergency financial assistance in DeWitt County and is funded through the DeWitt County United Way and individual gifts.