Dreams for kids

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Basic Information

Address: 2451 18th St NW 2nd Floor
Phone Number: 202-518-5719
Director: Andrew Horn

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Causes Served: Kids who are growing in poverty or with disabilities
Population Served: isolated and disenfranchised kids
Days of Service: primary on saturdays
Mission Statement:

Our mission is to empower young people of all abilities through dynamic leadership programs and life-changing activities that inspire them to fearlessly pursue their dreams and compassionately change the world.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Dreams for Kids is empowering youth who live in poverty and those with disabilities by uniting them with their peers, recognizing their abilities, and allowing their voices to be heard.

Program History:

Dreams for Kids was founded by Tom Tuohy, at the request of his mother, Patricia Tuohy. The organization was born on December 24, 1989 in a small room inside a homeless shelter in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. A few weeks prior, Tom’s dear friend Clara Kirk expressed to him her grief that the fifty-four children in her homeless shelter would not be receiving anything for Christmas. On Christmas Eve, a dozen volunteers, including Santa, showed up at “Clara’s House” with Tom and delivered gifts and food to every child in the shelter. When Clara told the volunteers that the kids would never have even known it was Christmas, a commitment was made to reach out further each and every year.


Holiday for hope program is celebrated on dicember 18 of every year since 20 years ago. Also the company conducts monthly a extreme recces which is a program for kids with physical and developmental challenges. Basically this program works through sports. Dream Leaders program has being created in order to develop and enhance leadership abilities in children and the parents involved in the program. For more information go to: http://dreamsforkids.org/events/

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