Dreams for Change creates paths to stability for hard working communities.

Innovative Change in the Social Sector

Dreams for Change was founded in May 2009 by Dr. Teresa Smith to serve the needs of families and individuals who were struggling as a result of the recession’s economic downturn. Since then, it has pioneered countless cost-effective interventions that stabilize the lives of thousands homeless and other low-income people. Read more about the great strides Dreams for Change has made in the last ten years!

3 Paths to Stability

Supporting people on their path to stability is a multi-step process. We know the steps and we know how to execute with efficiency and compassion. We also know that every individual follows a different path. That’s why our organization is modeled around 3 Paths to Stability. These paths include: support to remove barriers, employment and education, and income stabilization.

Dreams for Change continues to adapt and evolve to directly confront the systematic nature of poverty.

“Nimble, lean, cost-effective, and innovative.”

Our Mission

The mission of Dreams for Change remains its guiding beacon: To respond to the needs of communities by creating innovative and cost-effective programs to empower and stabilize the lives of underserved families and individuals.

Code of Ethics

Respect: Be excellent to yourself and thereby inspire self-respect in others. Serve others with honesty and dignity.

Passion and Joy: Be passionate about serving clients/guests and joyful about the way that we do it.

Restoration: Bring about positive change and solutions in the lives of clients/guests.

Responsiveness: Do the things that nobody else will do. All client/guest needs are valid and important and should be addressed in a timely manner.

Collaboration: Be expert in what we do and let others be expert in what they do. Communicate plainly and share solutions with others. Build trust through strong collaborative relationships with partner organizations serving our clients.

Quality over Quantity: serve clients/guests at a high standard even if it limits the number of people we can serve.

Efficiency and Effectiveness: Use every dollar wisely to effect the most change.

The Team


Learn more about our board and staff members!