The Dreams

Help “impact and inspire” the lives of these wonderful teens! We are looking for Dream Makers to fulfill the dreams below. Dream Makers can be an individual, neighborhoods, businesses, rotary clubs, church groups, families, fitness group, or pledge your birthday instead of receiving gifts. To view more information about these dreams, or to purchase one, simply click the image.

Dream Merchandise

Dream Makers has created a line of merchandise to help support our mission. As with the Dreams, 100% of these proceeds go directly to supporting the needs of our Dreamers. To view our merchandise, and to donate in this manner, browse our inventory by clicking on the button below.

Crowd Funding Opportunity

Danai – Colorado – age 21
Danai is a blunt, funny, authentic, tell-it-like-is, person. She hopes to one day become a nurse in the NICU because she had such a great experience with her nurses when she had her son, who is now six months old. She has just gotten her drivers license and diligently saved a significant amount of money to put towards purchasing a car to help her get to work and doctors appointments for her son. Danai would like to buy her car outright so that she can focus on her career and education rather than loans. She dreams of having her savings matched so she can purchase a good car. Cost of Dream-$1700

Let’s work together to fulfill Danai’s Dream!

Introducing The Dream Makers

We have a continually growing list of people and organizations fulfilling dreams and becoming the latest Dream Makers. We want to recognize these people and organizations for there wonderful generosity in supporting the dreams of these kids, giving them hope now, and a vision for the future. Click the button below to view our Dream Makers and the Dreams they have fulfilled.

Why We Do It

To explain why we do what we do, there is really no better way than to introduce you to a few of the kids whose lives are so wonderfully impacted by the caring and generosity of people like you. Please take a few minutes to watch the video below.

About Dream Makers

Dream Makers supports older youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Every year, 26,000 teens age out of the foster care system without a family to call their own. These are children who have been removed from their biological families, due to no fault of their own, but rather having experienced neglect or abuse. These youth are left without a loving support system or resources to help them reach their full potential. When you become a Dream Maker, you have the opportunity to let one of these youth know that someone cares and they are not alone. Your support can give them the confidence they need to help change their future.

Dream Makers Programs

All states offer different programs. Currently, the programs below are only offered in Colorado Community Involvement – Engaging churches and businesses to come alongside youth who are aging out of foster care. When Dream Makers is contacted by the youth or caseworker with specific needs, we want to connect volunteer groups directly with the youth so that the group can provide support and meet their needs. For example, supporting these youth can happen through collecting apartment supplies, filling a pantry with groceries and moving them into their first apartment. It could also include sending care packages to the youth at colleges, or supplying dorm kits filled with hygiene products, bathroom towels, a caddy, and a gift card for bedding. It might happen by throwing a baby shower and gathering a crib, diapers, and baby clothes for a young woman who is pregnant and on her own. For special occasions, support happens through Thanksgiving meals, Christmas dinners, Valentine’s Day cookies, and birthday and graduation celebrations. All of these are great ways for you to surround these youth and let them know they are not alone as they face the challenges of starting adulthood on their own. The Emergency Fund was created after several of our youth requested things like groceries, blankets, gas cards and other emergency needs as their dream. Some of these youth find themselves in urgent situations where their caseworker contacts Dream Makers asking for immediate support. All of these funds are given directly to the youth on a case by case basis.

Corporate Sponsorship

As a part of helping our youth who are aging out of the foster care system. Your company can fulfill their dreams and support them as they head into adulthood without family support. If you or your company are interested in becoming a part of this life changing program, please contact us for more information.

Thanks to Our Current Sponsors

Wells Fargo

Flatirons Church

ViaSat

M3 Construction

Red Rocks Church

Escape Velocity Systems

CIADA

Group Publishing

1st Bank

Realities for Children

Our Staff

Please select one of the following State or National Tabs for corresponding Staff information

National Staff

Julie Mavis

National Director

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Lori Bruegman

National Project Manager

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Simon Lovell

Creatives & Web

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Mimi Salonen

Events & Marketing

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Laurie Bates

Operations Manager

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Shelby Mavis

Comm. Involvement/Social Media

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California Staff

Crissy Verner

Project Manager San Diego County

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Colorado Staff

Jaalah Neerhof

Social Worker

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Joy Wineman

Community Involvement

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GeQwan Askew

Youth Advocate Intern

Kyla Kinzle

Dream Packs

Kansas Staff

Lisel Atherton

Project Manager, Kansas

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Tennessee Staff

Sherrie Moore

Project Coordinator, Tennessee

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Texas Staff

Lori Word

Project Manager, Texas

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

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