The Dreams Chapter at La Grande Oregon was co-founded by Fr. Saji Thomas CMI, the pastor of La Grande Lady of the Valley church with the strong support of Mr. Al Adelsberger.
With the help of Dr. Amanda Villagomes, the DREAMS Intervention Model was introduced to the students, faculty, and local community at Eastern Oregon University on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Many of them signed up for volunteering for the project.
Later, Fr. Saji Thomas and Mr. Al Adelsberger had multiple meetings with the school superintendent and principal of La Grande Middle School and the first summer camp of the La Grande OR was held from Monday. August 12, 2019, to August 16, 2019 under the leadership of Ms. Suzanne Anderson.
Zee Koza, Barb Wales, Paul Sankovich, Lyle Schwarz, Lia Spiegel were the adult community volunteers. Payton Jolley, Sophia Madsen, Mollie Smith, and Brittany Robles were the mentors.
The DREAMS Band strives towards making a positive difference in the community by utilizing their musical skills. DREAMS Band is not only an opportunity to sing and motivate the audience but also uses music as a platform to empower communities and make music of their own, which can empower children and youth holistically. It is a band with a meaning and greater goals for the benefit of the society.
Those who are interested to be a part of the band may contact the respective leaders in each locality.
DREAMS Pro-club is a support group for the personal and professional development of young professionals. Small groups of 10-12 working professionals meet once every month to discuss and implement strategies for their professional growth. The club helps in inculcating values of identity and community belonging among the members. The program aims at enhancing communication skills, generating positive attitudes about self and others, developing leadership, cooperation and community engagement.
This platform is yet to be initiated. Those who are interested to take a partnership may contact for further details(need to add main website details)
I’ve witnessed the program change lives in a way that I have never seen any program with similar goals could ever even imagine. Everyone should have a chance to see that they can do anything, and I will help in any way I can to make that happen Read more
Really innovative concept.. I was looking forward for
content and i got more than i was expecting. I am so far very thrilled with overall
I was organizing my closet and came across my DREAMS tshirt. This reminded me of how much fun I had with your students and how your volunteer team made me feel extremely welcome. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of the DREAMS.
Each student came to the program with different needs, as well as different
However, what was the same in each student was some level of growth in motivation,
personal ability, self esteem,
I was organizing my closet and came across my DREAMS tshirt. This reminded me of
had with your students and how your volunteer team made me feel extremely welcome. Thank you
Greetings everyone! I was first introduced to the DREAMS program by Dr. Fr. Lijo
Mrs. Maribeth Holzer. From the moment I met these two beautiful people, I immediately knew
this was the right program and community for me