We hope that you had an incredible Thanksgiving with your family. Thanks to your help, the Dream Center was able to provide a Turkey Dinner with a side of potatoes to hundreds of families in our neighborhood this year! Thank you for your continued support of the work being done in New York City.
We are extremely excited to share with you the biggest event in the history of the New York Dream Center. We are launching a campaign to open our first home.
We wanted to take this time to not only increase our efforts, but to rethink, reflect, and respond to the need. Please watch the video below for more details on why we are doing this, and what we will be doing.
What we came up with, is an event that we are calling 55. For 55 hours in the middle of December, our entire staff and team along with a handful of volunteers, will live on the streets of New York City. We want to put ourselves in someone elses shoes for a short period of time, to evaluate our own mission and programs to see if they are effective, and to tell the stories of as many people as we can.
Our goal is to raise $55,000 dollars in peer-to-peer fundraising, and then get 4-5 matching gifts of $55,000.
How it works:
We are asking people to sponsor us for a dollar amount per hour for every hour that we are out there. If everybody who believes in the Dream Center gives even one dollar per hour, imagine how much we will be able to do! You can give now at by clicking the banner to the left.
We are also asking everybody who believes in this cause, to join with us in raising support and getting 10-20 people of your own to sponsor our cause. We have provided you with a toolkit on our website, giving you all of the resources that you need for telling someone about Fifty-Five.
And finally, if you are a business, church, or individual interested in joining our matching program, we are looking for people and organizations who will come along side of us and match dollars raised during the time we are on the streets.
Fifty-Five will take place from Friday, December 13th at 6am, until Sunday, December 15th at 1pm.
Will you partner with us, as we enter into the largest campaign in our history in an effort to start our first home and provide long-term housing to the people who need it most?
We want to rethink what it means to be homeless. They say you don't know much about a person, until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Our goal is to place ourselves in someone else's world for a short period of time.
Typically, when we think of homelessness we think of substance abuse, but did you know that of the 55,000 people living without permanent housing in New York City, over 21,000 of them are children under the age of 18? Or did you know that there are more people living in the subway system, than all five boroughs combined?
They say that you learn from past experiences, but that is not always the case. We have found that we learn best from reflecting on what we have experienced.
The Dream Center has already been out serving these communities week after week for four years now, handing out blankets, socks, meals, diapers, clothing, and so much more. By doing taking this time on the streets, we will get a chance to put ourselves in someone else's shoes, and gain an experience that we as a team can evaluate, to determine if what we are doing is effective, and what we can do to better serve the people who need us.
We also will be listening to, reflecting on, and telling the stories of all of the people that we meet who are willing to share with us. Our goal is to bring you a new story at least once an hour for every hour we are out there.
We will respond, with appropriate programing and our very first long term housing facility.
The mortality rate of homelessness matches some forms of cancer, literally cutting up to 25 years from someones life.
homeless people are up to six times more likely to get sick than someone who has housing.
The homeless population in New York City is the highest it has been since the great depression.
15% of the nations homeless population lives in New York City, making it the largest in the country.