Our Programs

Dream Program

Dream Foundation’s Dreams touch lives, meet essential needs and provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. Over the past two decades, our Dreams have provided psychosocial and emotional support tailored to thousands of terminally-ill adults and their families. Our work plays a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for patients and their families. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 27,000 Dreams over the past two decades and has never turned down a qualified applicant.

If you only had one year to live…what would your DREAM be?
Dreams can be as simple as paying a heating bill to relieve financial stress, creating happy memories, meeting a personal hero—any request that provides support and compassion. Through this non-medical form of end-of-life compassionate care, Dreams provide inspiration, comfort and closure to Dreamers and their families.

Qualifications
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are 18 and older, are diagnosed with a life limiting illness with a life expectancy of 12 months or less, and lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves.

Dream Application
To receive an application, please download the application PDF or complete the online application. Please contact application@dreamfoundation.org for more information.

We do not fulfill certain types of Dreams.

Brought to you in part by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

Dreams for Veterans

Officially launched in Washington, D.C., in 2015, Dream Foundation’s Dreams for Veterans program tailors the Dream experience to veterans and their families. Dream recipients are U.S. military veterans who served from World War II to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, those who served during peacetime or who currently serve on active duty, the Reserve and National Guard. Dreams for Veterans honors our veterans’ service by fulfilling their final Dream, providing them, their families and caregivers inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life.

If you served, you can Dream.
Dreams not only serve veterans, but also bring comfort and peace to their loved ones and caregivers. Dreams play a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses on improving quality of life for veterans and their families.

Qualifications
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are U.S. military veterans 18 and older, diagnosed with a life limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 months or less, can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserve or National Guard, proof of service is required.

*If applicants are unable to provide a copy of their discharge papers or other proof of service, or prefer not to share those forms, please feel free to apply for a Dream through our Dream Program.

Dream Application
To receive an application, please download the application PDF or complete the online application. Please contact application@dreamfoundation.org for more information.

We do not fulfill certain types of Dreams.

Help Spread the Word
You can help veterans in need by referring them to Dreams for Veterans or donating time or resources to the program. For more information, please contact DFV@dreamfoundation.org.

Flower Empower

Dream Foundation’s Flower Empower program is a Santa Barbara-based, volunteer-driven program that delivers floral bouquets, fresh-baked cookies, fine chocolates and cards hand made by school children to people in hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and their homes. Volunteers prepare dozens of arrangements using donated flowers. Flower delivery referrals come from cancer centers, nurses, doctors, hospices, elder support organizations and others.

If you know someone who has lost a loved one, is recovering from surgery, or is in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility, you can refer a flower recipient by contacting us online at Dream Foundation or by calling 888-4Dreams.

Flower Empower Florist Network
We are also looking for florists across the country who would like to donate their time and floral arrangements, and deliver them to hospitals, hospices, cancer centers and other places to people who could benefit from a bouquet to brighten their day.

If you are interested in volunteering for Flower Empower in Santa Barbara, or joining the Flower Empower Florist Network, please contact flowerempower@dreamfoundation.org.

Dream Toy Program

Dream Foundation Dreams not only touch the lives of Dreamers, but also those of their families. Nearly 30 percent of Dreamers have young children living at home. Dream Foundation’s Dream Toy Program reaches hundreds of children each year who are losing a loved one. Our dedicated volunteers fill boxes with hand-selected toys that are delivered to Dreamers across the country to give to the children in their lives. With each unexpected gift, we provide an opportunity to create happy memories and smiles. Thanks to the generosity of Hasbro and Ty, Inc., Dream Foundation delivers thousands of toys each year.

“The toys and games were chosen perfectly for them and they have given the kids great comfort. I can’t thank you enough nor tell you quite adequately how meaningful this package was to all of us. It just felt like a box of pure love.” Colleen Flaherty, family Dream Toy recipient

If you reside in the Santa Barbara, Calif., area and would like to volunteer for the Dream Toy Program, please email us at volunteers@dreamfoundation.org.

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