WHO WE ARE
Dreams of Hope Foundation is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with families, and their communities to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.
In serving the community with their first business a medical transportation company; visionaries Coy and Simone Dreher, realized that many in their community cannot afford basic needs to support their families. The vision was then cast to provide the community basic needs such as toiletries, clothes and transportation to appointments. During 2012 to 2015 the efforts were small in building the foundation of the nonprofit. In 2016, the need became more apparent and another need was brought to the for front. Many people who were low-income and uninsured needed assistance to help manage their mental illness. Coy and Simone then created the initiative to assist those in the community with free mental health services. Coy and Simone along with the help of the supporters of Dreams of Hope Foundation are eager to help raise funds and foster community support for those among us with serious mental health challenges and intellectual disabilities.
Our Core Values
All human beings are treated with dignity and respect.
It is one thing to say these words, but another to live them. We at Dreams of Hope Foundation are committed to treating everyone – employees, customers, vendors, and all people and organizations we may support – with the dignity and respect they deserve. Anything less is unacceptable.
We are determined to act with integrity, knowing that doing so often requires courage and tenacity.
We believe that integrity is inherent in the way we conduct business. Demonstrating integrity is easy when our actions are seen and heard publicly. Being truthful and holding to our principles takes courage and tenacity, especially during times when our actions are not seen or heard publicly.
We take risks, learn from the outcomes, and use that knowledge as an impetus for improvement.
We strive for excellence, at the same time understanding this company was founded on the principle of taking risks. We may not be successful every time; risk-takers frequently are not. However, we own our decisions, learn from the outcomes, and use what we have learned as a foundation for future decision-making.
“Get involved and change lives.”
YEAR by YEAR GROWTH
Share hope with families in need, just one person can help change the life of a family and their community. Your gifts of money, time, and talent come together with those of our many other partners, offering a way out of extreme poverty for children in some of the world’s most difficult places.
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FREE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES PROVIDED
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The Natural Mystic Award
The Natural Mystic Award was founded in the United States Virgin Islands by Wilfred A. Barry, an United States Marshal who mentored youth offenders involved in the Juvenile Court system. Wilfred Barry founded the Natural Mystic Award to recognize students who struggled academically. When Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Wilfred A. Barry speaks out about the tragic shooting death of his brother, Samuel, he always captivates his audience. He explains the graphic details of how Samuel's body looked in the morgue with half of his face blown away, his body riddled with bullet holes. The room full of people, young or old, are silent as he paints a picture of a scene so grotesque, the listener feels that they were there. What would cause anyone to relieve such a horrible experience in front of an audience over and over again? Wilfred Barry had a personal mission to carry a message against drugs and crime.
He would often speak out about his story about the drive-by shooting in 1990 that killed his brother to make a point about saying "no" to drugs. His affiliation with the justice system and his brother's death give him real and practical examples about smart choices and opportunities that the people of his town can relate to. In the past 10 years of his life, he participated in panel discussions and served as guest speaker for school graduation ceremonies. His speaking engagements took him into public and private schools as well as the University of the Virgin Islands to deliver his message.
He brings to these youth the objective of respecting others without resorting to violence and drugs. In March 1998, he addressed two youth groups at his church, Memorial Moravian Church, with a lecture, "Walking With My Neighbor." He also participated in the 1995 Youth Against Violence Symposiums sponsored by federal law enforcement agencies. Barry provided all of these services regularly as a volunteer because he truly believes in what he is saying and felt the need to help others stay on the right path.
On a personal level, Barry had the satisfaction that his words were being heard by ears that may benefit from his wisdom and varied experience. On a community level, people who listened to his speeches agreed that he has contributed significantly to awareness of the dangers of substance abuse and its harmful effects.
In August of 1999, Barry died unexpectedly of a heart attack. Wilfred A. Barry survived by his four children; Tineke, Nicole Simone and Mathu.
Mr. Wilfred Barry
This award is for the student who has struggled through the school year. This student’s teachers have observed the mystic glow in this child’s eyes and have kept that glow alive by giving the child the positive reinforcement he or she needs to succeed.
This award is also a reminder to parents and friends of these graduates that your task is not easy. Teach these children respect for elders. Teach them to take pride in themselves. Build their self-esteem and self-confidence. Stress the importance of education for the future. Hold them in your arms and say, I love you, prince or princess.
The Natural Mystic Award believes in the teaching of two great leaders: Marcus A. Garvey who said, “up, up, you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will” and Malcolm X who stated, “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”
This Natural Mystic Award for the year 2019 is presented to the student of that educational struggle. The educational struggle is not always for the swift. It is for those who have endured to finish school and excel.