Family of domestic violence victim Liese Dodd donates $5,000 to Oasis

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ALTON — The family of Liese Dodd donated $5,000 to the Oasis Women’s Center on Monday with money raised through a GoFundMe campaign after paying funeral expenses for the 22-year-old and her unborn child .

Dodd’s mother, Heidi Noel, from Jerseyville, along with Dodd’s brother, Shelbi Dodd, from Brighton, who set up the GoFundMe account with his fiancée Brooke Carney, presented a check for $5,000 to the chairman of the board of administration of Oasis, George Humbert, a retired reverend. The GoFundMe campaign raised $15,561 on Monday.

The family is also donating $2,000 to the Riverbend Humane Society in Liese Dodd’s name, as she was a huge animal lover and animal rescuer.

“When she was 10, she asked for money for her birthday to donate to the Riverbend Humane Society, recalls Noel, who along with her husband, Mike Noel, and son stopped by the shelter on Monday , but it was closed. Between Noels and Dodd, they adopted Liese Dodd’s pets: two cats, Bubbles, whom she adopted 12 years ago; Marley, seven years ago; and the dogs, Kahlua and Sal. She loved her brother’s dog, Lucy, and would lie on the couch for hours together, he recalled.

“She’s always been really good, but ‘bad,’ at picking up animals from the side of the road,” Dodd said with a laugh of her little sister.

Heidi Noel chose around the date of August 14 to donate the money to the two nonprofits because the date is her daughter’s birthday. The family also donated new baby clothes and items to the Oasis Women’s Center. The family were preparing for a baby shower for Dodd’s baby girl, after revealing her gender. She had chosen the baby’s middle name, Rae, after her brother.

“This major gift opens many doors at Oasis,” Humbert said. “We are a full process organization. Victims don’t need to be alone; they have someone to stand up for them and support them every step of the way.”

The $5,000 will help throughout the process, from initial council support, support groups, obtaining a protective order with the help of Land of Lincoln attorneys, and finding support facilities. often in secure locations outside of Oasis, away from perpetrators.

“We help them re-imagine and rebuild their lives, reintegrate their children into the right school, find a job or move house,” Humbert said.

“We have very dedicated staff and partners with other groups in the area so that services are not duplicated. We have a great relationship with the Third Circuit Judicial Domestic Violence Prevention Council, judges who have undergone special training and solicitors from the Land of Lincoln.”

Dodd’s body was found in a flat on Bolivar Street in Alton on June 9 after her mother had not heard from her for several days. According to court documents, Dodd had been in an on-and-off romantic relationship for about two years with 22-year-old Deundrea S. Holloway, who has been charged with crimes related to her and the murders of her unborn child.

Oasis also offers family support services, such as counseling, which Dodd’s mother and brother have each used.

“This gift will help make that happen for others,” Humbert said.

This year, the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council and the Alton Memorial Hospital (AMH) Memorial Service for Domestic Violence Victims and their Families will resume since being suspended for the past two years during the pandemic. The service will be held at 5:30 p.m. on October 19 at the AMH Healing Garden.

“That’s how I found out about Oasis, because of this memorial service,” said Noel, who is a registered nurse and works at AMH as an assistant nurse manager in surgical services.

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