The Dream Centers provide health and hope for people in Colorado Springs who are working to rebuild their dreams.

Mary’s Home
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Mary’s Home is a transformation-minded program aimed at helping families move from a place of vulnerability to health and on their way to thriving, both in terms of housing and key relationships. Once accepted into the program, single mothers and their children participate in three growth stages: “Live” (wherein they receive temporary housing), “Learn” (wherein they are provided key life-skills through experiential education) and “Love” (wherein they experience healing and interpersonal connectivity via service projects). The network supporting these efforts includes family advocates, a host of community partners, and a crew of  faithful volunteers. After 15 to 24 months in Mary’s Home, mentor teams will support each family’s transition into long-term housing for up to a year. Mary’s Home offers families holistic health and hope as they work to rebuild their dreams and reach their goals.

Brady Boyd -- Dream Centers' President
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“Everyone wants to belong, and Mary’s Home provides the gift of belonging to a group of people who crave it most — single, shelterless moms and their kids. As the church steps forward to do life with those among us who are vulnerable and in need of care, we all experience humility, humanity, and hope.”

Building Dreams Together — Mary’s Home Becoming Reality
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1 Acquisition of the Casa Linda apartment complex in our city is intentional. It is centrally located, near community resources, and satisfies our desire to bless, not abandon the city. Local churches in the neighborhood are doing well, and we know they will be nurturing communities for our residents. Mary’s Home will also serve as a launching point for Adopt-a-Block so that we can be a blessing to nearby neighborhoods for generations to come.

2 Renovation of the apartment complex is set to begin in the fall/winter of 2013 and run into 2014, when we will see seventeen units converted to Mary’s Home single-family dwellings. We’ve already begun remodeling the first unit, where Resident Staff will live. Two other couples will be Resident Staff and join the community, one on each floor. Then, up to 14 single-mom families will become residents in a 15 to 24-month residential program, and up to one-year mentoring program to help families transition into long-term housing.

3 The building addition includes essential components of the Mary’s Home vision. The first floor offers staff a warm working space and allows us to receive guests. The second floor will boast a beautiful children’s area for play, program activities and learning. The Third floor will be set apart for our residents and trained prayer team to worship, pray and creatively engage their artistic passions. Finally, the roof deck provides our residents space to gather for community events, enjoy the views, and retreat to safe and beautiful space.

4 We will launch Mary’s Home in three phases. First, we will hire a director, and move one or two resident families and one Resident Staff family into Mary’s Home. Second, we will hire additional staff, care for a few more families, and finish building the addition. Third, we will move our offices, prayer room and children’s area to the addition, and invite fourteen families without homes to live with us in Mary’s Home.

Please link arms with us as we invite our communities to invest. We recognize that your generosity facilitates this life transforming ministry. We continue to focus on God, bless people, and allow the resources given through many people to rebuild health and hope!

Furnishing Mary’s Home / Wish Lists
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RENOVATIONS ARE COMING ALONG BEAUTIFULLY!

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BUILDING DREAMS TOGETHER

Acquisition of the Casa Linda apartment complex in our city is intentional; centrally located near community resources, it satisfies our desire to bless, not abandon the city. Local churches in the neighborhood are doing well, and we know they will be nurturing communities for our residents.

Renovation of the apartment complex will provide seventeen units for single-family dwellings. (Three apartments will house Resident Staff.) Up to 14 single-mom families will become residents in a 15 to 24-month residential program, and up to one-year mentoring program to help families transition into long-term housing.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

  • Prayer
  • Provide mentoring for families
  • Financial help to purchase new goods ($2,500 to furnish one apartment. Furniture will be purchased by Dream Centers.)
    * At this time, we are not accepting used items. *
    When 25 people give $100 each / 25 x $100 = $2500
    When 100 people give $25 each / 100 x $25 = $2500
    When 250 people give $10 each / 250 x $10 = $2500
  • Purchase household items from Wish Lists at Target and WalMart

MARY’S HOME WISH LISTS

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Click on the WalMart Registry Tab and choose “Wish List.”

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When you see “Find a Wish List” enter this information and click “Find”.
You do not need the state or even date.

First Name = Mary’s | Last Name = Home

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Target-Logo

Click on TargetLists tab at the top of the home page.

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When you see “Find a TargetList” enter this information and click “search”

First Name = Mary’s | Last Name = Home

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Women’s Community Leadership Initiative (WCLI) Project
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UPDATE

The Women’s Community Leadership Initiative (WCLI) Mary’s Home project concluded in June of 2014. Through their hard work speaking with individuals, businesses, a community fair, and a silent auction, they raised nearly $4,000 to furnish Mary’s Home for the arrival of families. We are honored to have worked with such focused, hard-working leaders. Thank you, WCLI ladies!

 

THE PROJECT: ADOPT-AN-APARTMENT AT MARY’S HOME

Dream Centers of Colorado Springs is honored to  work with women in The Women’s Community Leadership Initiative (WCLI). WCLI’s 2014 class chose Mary’s Home as a project and are working together to raise funds and collect brand new, tangible household items to furnish apartment units at Mary’s Home. They are raising funds to purchase furniture, small kitchen appliances, dishes, and other items to outfit apartments for single mothers and their children to move in and to start life in Mary’s Home.

 

WCLI Logo_Rectangle 72 dpiTHE GROUP: Women’s Community Leadership Initiative (WCLI)

WCLI offers up to 30 women the chance to unlock their potential – empowering them – to make a difference; through knowing their community better, meeting community leaders and understanding local channels of decision-making, and practicing and refining their own leadership skills. WCLI is open to women of diverse backgrounds; it is offered from January to June, and tuition is covered. WCLI helps women see their own potential, make a difference, and become a productive contributor to the community.

The program offers women of many backgrounds and often modest income a chance to know their community better, meet community leaders and understand local channels of decision-making, and practice and refine their own leadership skills. The end result: more knowledge of what’s going on, what to do about it, how to do it, and who to talk to in order to get started. Each class also has the opportunity to work in groups with local nonprofits and agencies to complete valuable strategic projects that help those organizations do their work in the community.

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ADOPT-AN-APARTMENT PROGRAM GOALS

Class members will gain and strive to accomplish the following:

  1. Knowledge of formal and informal decision-making channels within the community
  2. A broad view of critical community issues
  3. An opportunity to practice and refine leadership skills
  4. An introduction to key community leaders and the opportunity to network
  5. Begin furnishing 17 apartment units at Mary’s Home for mothers and children in the fall of 2014
  6. Raise financial assistance for Dream Centers of Colorado Springs to purchase needed items – or – collect new (approved) donated items for apartments
  7. Work directly with a Dream Centers liaison to network with businesses, individuals, groups, and organizations to tell the story of Mary’s Home and help ready the units for families to have a home for 15 to 20 months after moving in

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LIVING ROOM, BEDROOM, AND BATHROOM (new items only)

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  • Sleeper sofas
  • Arm chairs
  • Side tables with drawers
  • Floor lamps
  • Table lamps
  • Area rugs
  • Dining tables, light wood
  • Twin beds
  • Sets of drawers for under bed
  • Mattresses
  • Comforters
  • Mattress covers
  • Clip-on reading lights
  • Bath towel sets
  • Bath mats
  • Shower curtains

KITCHEN (new items only)

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  • Sets of dishes, glasses, and silverware for 4-6 people
  • Measuring spoons, cups, and mixing bowls
  • Dish drainers and wash basins
  • Sets pots and skillets
  • Cooking spoons & spatulas
  • Pitchers (for juice or water)
  • Can openers & cheese graters
  • Small knife sets
  • Salt & pepper shakers
  • Plastic food storage containers
  • Trash cans for under sink
  • Soap dispensers
  • Colanders
  • Dish towels

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MARY’S HOME INTERIOR DESIGN GUIDE

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For specific sizes and styles we are looking for, please download the Mary’s Home Interior Design Guide PDF (11 pages) for 2014. It will give you a good idea of the type of new furnishings we are seeking to outfit each home for our residents. We can only accept brand new items for the apartments.

Download the Mary’s Home Interior Design Guide 2014

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Donate Button_Grey Background WebTO DONATE FINANCIALLY TO THE WCLI PROJECT

To donate financially to the WCLI project and help furnish apartments for Mary’s Home, please visit the donation page and find WCLI in the dropdown menu so this team can track their progress!

TO DONATE BRAND NEW GOODS TO THE WCLI PROJECT

Please call Dream Centers at 719.265.3180 or email us at info@dreamcentersCOS.com to talk about brand new goods or furnishings that you are considering donating to ready an apartment for a family this fall. We would love to discuss whether or not the items will be a good fit for the overall design scheme as well as pick-up and storage if the items are accepted.

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Leadership Pikes Peak

WCLI is a leadership program with Leadership Pikes Peak. Leadership Pikes Peak is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1976 under the name Citizens’ Goals for the Colorado Springs Community. They have been one of the premier leadership development organizations in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. Leadership Pikes Peak’s objective is civic leadership for the Pikes Peak region – empowering you to make a difference. They accomplish this in two primary ways:

Programs: Community Leadership Training

They provide leadership development programs for experienced professionals, young professionals, women, and teens. The programs range from four to 10 months, and are geared toward providing skills, knowledge, and connections so that their participants can serve the community effectively.

Services: Connections and Strategic Partnerships

They educate current and aspiring leaders about the community, its needs, and its resources; they also connect those leaders with each other.