What is Dove, Inc.?
Located in Decatur, IL, Dove, Inc. is a nonprofit organization offering their services as a domestic violence and homeless shelter. Dove’s Mission is to “work(s) for justice, equality, and understanding among all people.” They offer a variety of services and counseling, operating with an array of staff and volunteers. Each year, the Human Services Department at Millikin University works with Dove to perform a Point-In-Time (PIT) survey to assess the homeless population in Macon County. With the help of MUPC, the information gathered from this survey is entered into a database as per the guidelines provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
MUPC’s Work for Dove
The consultants at MUPC have helped the Dove organization with this PIT survey by designing and developing a database to store the complex data requested by the HUD with an easy-to-use interface. For the past four years, our consultants have worked to maintain the database and update it to match the rules HUD makes each year. However, Senior Consultant Alex Pratt and Associate Consultant Ben Maynard have been working toward a new focus for the database: ease of data replication in MySQL as well as multiple-user access to work/enter data in real time. These new updates and implementations would greatly aid Dove in the PIT survey process by allowing efficient storage of data in conjunction with multiple data entry.
Takeaways From Our Consultants
When asked about his experience working with Dove and Millikin’s Human Services Department, Pratt commented that he enjoyed being able to work with different departments at Millikin and seeing how they all tied together. In addition, Maynard said it was a great opportunity to work on his technical database skills. Both consultants agreed that they appreciated the ability to give back to the community by working with Dove. Currently, Pratt and Maynard are preparing to give their end-of-the -year presentation on the Dove project virtually on April 24th. Though their presentation will be modified for virtual ease, it will be recorded and posted on YouTube for interested viewers.
For more information on Dove, you can visit their website at http://www.doveinc.org/
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