FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- WHAT ARE DREAM CENTERS?
Dream Centers are a collaborative community effort to provide holistic care for people in great need within our city. While balancing our motives of compassion and justice, we seek to provide health and hope in order that broken lives may be restored to wholeness. A single goal unites our varied efforts: to invite those in favor of health and hope in Colorado Springs to link arms in providing long-term solutions for people in need of care.
- WHAT IS THE MISSION OF DREAM CENTERS?
To provide health and hope to people in Colorado Springs working to rebuild their dreams.
- HOW WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH YOUR MISSION?
First, we look to Jesus, the Scriptures and our relationship with God who is present among all people in the world for our daily direction. We rely more on values and processes than on programs and plans. Collaboration and partnership with people in our community is essential.
- WHEN DID DREAM CENTERS BEGIN?
Dream Centers began with the Open House of our Women’s Clinic in July of 2011.
- WHY DID YOU START ANOTHER NON-PROFIT COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION?
We believe this responsibility and calling to care for the marginalized is central to the Gospel that was modeled for us in the life of Jesus. We are simply trying to follow his example.
- WHO MAKES UP THE DREAM CENTERS TEAM?
Dream Centers are a collaborative effort of citizens and organizations linking arms to provide health and hope. Today, many of our partners are medical health professionals. We will open additional centers and are looking for interested partners in the areas of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, behavioral health, adult dentistry, sustainable greenhouse farming, and safe homes for survivors of human trafficking.
- HOW HAVE OUR CITY LEADERS RESPONDED TO THE CREATION OF DREAM CENTERS?
We have been overwhelmed with support including membership into the Colorado Springs Community Health Partnership, consultation and advice from Mission Medical Clinic and El Paso County Health, equipment donations from Memorial and Penrose, donations from businesses for the facility lease, supplies and equipment, great support from the medical community through the Coordinated Access to Community Healthcare (CATCH) committee, and volunteer help from all over the city. We are grateful to be located in such a generous and united community.
- IS THERE A CURRENT TEAM OF PEOPLE PRAYING FOR DREAM CENTERS?
There is a weekly prayer group specifically covering our efforts. We are so grateful for ongoing prayer support from Mercy’s Gate, city prayer groups, the Prayer Corps (at the Jericho Center) and others.
- HOW DOES DREAM CENTERS REMAIN FINANCIALLY TRUSTWORTHY AND TRANSPARENT WITH FUNDRAISING AND BOARD GOVERNANCE?
Dream Centers is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability® (ECFA). ECFA membership enhances trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries by establishing and applying Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™ to accredited organizations.
Founded in 1979, ECFA provides accreditation to leading Christian nonprofit organizations that faithfully demonstrate compliance with established standards for financial accountability, transparency, fundraising and board governance. Members include Christian ministries, denominations, churches, educational institutions and other tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations. Collectively, these organizations represent nearly $22 billion in annual revenue.
Each of the nearly 1,900 accredited members of ECFA is in compliance with ECFA’s Standards and has functioned for at least 12 months after receiving its 501(c)(3) ruling letter from the IRS (waived for churches that have operated for at least 12 months). Members have received revenues of more than $50,000 during its last fiscal year and have obtained financial statements prepared by an independent CPA.
ECFA accreditation entitles a ministry to use the ECFA seal and receive other Accreditation Benefits. The continuing use of the seal depends on the ministry’s good faith compliance with all ECFA Standards.