A Message from the Executive Director
With Christmas fast approaching, everyone at the Dream Centre is in full gear preparing for another busy season. We are looking forward to another year of transformation, but before we get there, we want to honour the incredible things that have happened this fall thanks to support from our faithful donors!
This Thanksgiving hundreds of guests enjoyed a hearty turkey dinner with families and friends. It was clear that this was a time of healing and joy. Our first ever Ride for Refuge event was a success, and it was fantastic to see so many people getting active to support our life-changing programs!
At our annual golf tournament at Heritage Point, we heard from a father whose daughter came to the Dream Centre for recovery. His story reminded me why we are here—because recovery helps individuals, but it also brings healing to entire families. For another example of how recovery reunites families, read Richard’s story below.
Thank you to all of our generous donors for your support. As temperatures drop, more people will come through our doors seeking warmth, clothing, and renewed hope through recovery. Please give today to help transform more lives this Christmas.
Family Reunited through Recovery
My name is Richard, and thanks to the Dream Centre, my son is living with me, and we will be spending Christmas together. But it wasn’t always that way.
Just a few years ago, I went through the most devastating experience of my life. My son was taken by Child and Family Services because I had lost control of an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Seeing my son taken felt like my heart was ripped right out of my chest. This failure was the result of a lifetime of addiction, and I now share openly with the hope that my story can help others in similar circumstances.
In my mid-thirties, I became a single dad to my son, Christopher. Like all parents, when I first held him in my arms, I knew I would never be the same. I had never felt such complete love.
The problem was, I was carefully hiding an addiction that had started when I was a teenager. For years, I tried to keep my substance abuse under control, but without taking an actual recovery program, I was fighting a losing battle.
When the day came and Christopher was taken from me, I felt darkness closing in. The only way I knew how to cope with this weight of shame and despair was to get high. Over the next four years, my addiction swallowed me up. I couldn’t function or hold down a job, and I was facing homelessness for the first time in my life.
I had hit rock bottom and I knew I couldn’t fight this battle without help.
That’s when I was connected with the Dream Centre and their housing program. As I felt my hope for life returning, I threw myself 100% into recovery and started working with Children Services to move towards reuniting with my son.
“The Dream Centre worked quickly to find Christopher and I our own home. I felt so supported.”
I still remember my first visit with Christopher. I was so nervous. We were at a coffee shop and I just kept saying ‘I love you’ and there were a lot of tears.
After a year of recovery, counselling, and building relationships with people in Christopher’s life, the time came when he could move in with me. The Dream Centre worked quickly to find us a home. It was December 18, 2015. As we put up Christmas lights and decorated our tree, I could hardly believe that we were back together. I still get emotional remembering that first Christmas.
Today, Christopher has been with me for almost two and a half years, and we couldn’t ask for more. We are in a great, safe neighbourhood inside a beautiful semi-attached house with a big backyard. Most people can’t believe that this is supported housing, but it is, and it feels like home. It is home!
Words will never express how grateful I am for what the Dream Centre helped me accomplish. I can say with absolute humility and honesty, I would not be where I am today without their help.
My son and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Paying It Forward
One Donor’s Story of Inspiration
I moved to Calgary approximately 11 years ago to build a new life for myself, away from the "wrong crowd" that I’d been in with.
After just three years, my life had totally turned around. My roofing and construction company was running successfully and life was good. Feeling thankful, I wanted to pay it forward by donating to a local charity. One day I was driving down MacLeod Trail and as I drove past the Dream Centre I felt something prompt me to go in.
I walked in the front door and the first person I saw was Jim Moore. He graciously welcomed me in and gave me a tour. Although I had never heard of the Dream Centre before, I knew it was the perfect fit. I had been given a fresh start and this was my way of giving back.
“I had been given a fresh start and this was my way of giving back.”
I believe in what the Dream Centre does. When I hear the guys telling stories of what they’ve gone through, it brings tears to my eyes. I believe God led me to the Dream Centre, and I’m so proud to be part of the good work they are doing.
Share Joy this Christmas!
It has been an incredible fall here at the Dream Centre, and we want to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has given to support recovery and transformation.
Christmas at the Dream Centre is something our guests, volunteers, and staff eagerly look forward to. With your help, on December 8th, we will welcome over three hundred people in from the cold for a festive Christmas dinner. For those who are struggling, enjoying a meal among friends can provide much needed hope and strength.
Please support recovery and transformation this Christmas. Give today!
You can provide an entire meal for just $3.89!
Don’t hesitate to give today.
That's 38 meals for men in recovery