Executive Director Message
I am filled with gratitude for everyone who has made transformations possible at the Dream Centre. Your support is healing families and changing lives. Today, I want to show you our annual report, so you can see how your gifts are being put into action!
I am always so moved to hear our graduates share their transformational stories. So many of our new residents come into our building, beaten down by life. It is so inspiring to see these individuals go through our programs where they begin to love themselves again.
Our holistic model of care provides ongoing support through the alumni program, and graduates are also invited to stay in transitional housing as they make their way back into the community. I love to watch our alumni take positive steps in their recovery—finding jobs, moving into our community housing, and reuniting with family!
It is the generous individuals who give that make our work possible. Thanks to our donors, we received a van to transport our youth to summer camp, purchased an apartment for 24 women and hired a mental health clinician for our residents.
It was a great year. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you!
A Lost Life Restored
My name is Matthew, and thanks to the Calgary Dream Centre, I am finally living the life I was meant to. Today, I want to share my story with you.
My parents divorced when I was 12. My father travelled for work and my mother wasn’t around much, so I was pretty unsupervised. At 13, I had my first drink. I dropped out of school at 16 and started working. Every weekend I just hung around, smoking and drinking with friends.
When I was 18 my father passed away, so I moved to Calgary to be near my sister. I got married and had one amazing son. For the next 25 years, I worked in the oil patch. We had a good life, but alcohol was always around—I worked hard and played hard.
Somewhere I crossed the line. It was like nothing mattered anymore except alcohol—my life started to unravel. I would lie, steal and cheat. I didn’t care about anything or anyone except the alcohol.
I went to treatment a few times but always relapsed. I was even connected with the Dream Centre, but I didn’t take advantage of their recovery program.
I hit my rock bottom and ended up homeless, just surviving for months on the streets.
One day, I woke up and knew I couldn’t continue to live like this. I walked into the Dream Centre with a knapsack and two changes of clothes. My old case manager sat down with me and encouraged me to come back, but this time fully dedicate myself to the recovery program. This was my chance to rebuild the life that I’d lost.
It all started to hit home. The counsellors helped me understand myself and my addiction. I attended a class called “How to be a Good Dad” which taught me so much. After graduation, I went for a walk with my son where I told him my story. That conversation brought a lot of healing.
We are now closer than ever. We swim, go to the gym and have brunch at his house every Sunday. I cherish every moment we spend together.
I am reunited with my family, have a job, and wake up every day with a smile. I’m finally really living at 58 years old.
The Dream Centre is a wonderful place. I can’t fully explain my gratitude in words, but I am truly blessed.
We’re incredibly grateful for caring people like you and are committed to being transparent in the way we operate. Your generous gifts are valued, and because we’re dedicated to making them count, we want to publicly share this breakdown of our financials with you.
Our Year in Review
Your generous gifts make incredible things happen here at the Dream Centre and we’re deeply grateful. Because of you, in the past year…