Beautiful Dream Society

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.beautifuldream.tv

Mission

BDS Mission Beautiful Dream Society is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting exploitation, instilling value, and empowering vulnerable people in Lesotho by providing love, protection, and education through partnership with the church and community. Our focus is currently fighting human trafficking and helping orphans in Lesotho, Africa. 2019 Was Our 9th Year in Operation Moving Forward in 2020... In 2020, Lesotho, Africa continues to be the primary focus for Beautiful Dream Society moving forward. Although Beautiful Dream Society, along with the support of our dedicated partners, is grateful and privileged to have served trafficking victims and their children in our Oklahoma crisis shelter during 2013 through 2016, we have fully returned to our original call to help Lesotho where BDS is still the FIRST and ONLY organization dedicated to sheltering victims of human trafficking in the country at this time. We celebrate the lives of the 195 human trafficking and sexual assault victims (including 57 US women and children that have been changed through our Oklahoma operation), and we are grateful that other organizations have been raised up to take over the mandate to provide assistance for trafficking victims in Oklahoma. BDS continues to raise awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma and at every opportunity we have all over the US and the world. Our message is that human life is valuable. Every human being deserves love, respect, and freedom from exploitation and domination.

Ruling year info

2012

Principal Officer

Jennifer Crow

Main address

PO Box 32554

Oklahoma City, OK 73123 USA

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Formerly known as

Beautiful Dream Oklahoma LLC

EIN

27-2574811

NTEE code info

Rape Victim Services (F42)

International Human Rights (Q70)

Low-Cost Temporary Housing (includes Youth Hostels) (L40)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BDS aims to end human trafficking in Lesotho.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Lesotho Shelter for Adult Female Victims of Human Sex Trafficking

BDS operates a Lesotho Government Certified, 24-hour, emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking and their dependent children in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa. Referrals are provided from multiple sources, such as law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and individual community members. In the home, women and their children receive shelter, food, and clothing. Trained volunteers and staff provide trauma-informed care throughout the process of helping the individual or child to accomplish his or her goals. BDS partners with the community in order to facilitate individual needs, such as medical care, mental health care, and further education and vocational opportunities. Length of stay for the women varies, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Each resident chooses her own personal plan for safety, determines the course of actions to be taken, and is assisted as needed in creating a transition plan to resume a healthy, fulfilling life beyond their time in the BDS Hope House.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women and girls

BDS Lesotho had been operating the shelter for victims of human trafficking for two and a half years, when BDS discovered that there were orphan children who were in dire need due to other orphanages in the country being closed and over crowded. BDS answered the call to help by forming homes to ensure that children are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders. Three dedicated women were trained and chosen to serve as mothers to the children. Two of the women had been former victims of trafficking and had come through the BDS Crisis Care and Transition Program. The model of vulnerable women empowered to serve as nurturers and caregivers to orphaned and abused children has been effective. BDS currently supports loving family homes where nine vulnerable children are loved and cared for by three dedicated mothers.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Non-adult children

Instilling Value A person's value comes from their Creator. Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness at every level of society that human beings have value that can never be taken away by another human being. This is portrayed through our presentations and trainings to multiple governmental organizations, schools, community groups, law enforcement, churches, and healthcare providers. In 2017 and 2018, Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho was honored to partner with Catholic Relief Services and the International Organization of Migration which allowed BDS to raise awareness about human trafficking to 7426 students, teachers and community members in 2017 and 7126 students, teachers and community members in 2018.  BDS also conducted numerous radio interviews with trafficking survivors on multiple radio stations in Lesotho in 2018 which had the potential to have reached over 100,000 people.   In 2019, BDS spoke to over 4500 people face to face in the country of Lesotho while reaching up to 100,000 people in the capital city of Maseru through radio public service interviews to raise awareness about human trafficking.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Economically disadvantaged people

A person's value comes from their Creator. When societies recognize this essential principle, then human exploitation decreases. By increasing education and awareness on matters of human trafficking in the state of Oklahoma, Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness that human value that can never be diminished. Since 2012, BDS has spoken to thousands in schools, universities, churches, and at community and tribal events. BDS also provides customized instruction on topics such as trauma informed care and care of trauma victims using principles of validation and acceptance.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Edmond Chamber of Commerce 2018

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who received clinical mental health care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Adults, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

BDS provides trauma-informed mental health services to residents at the Crisis Care Center. Residents may receive one-on-one counseling or attend group therapy sessions.

Number of trafficking victims reunited with their families

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Adolescents, People of African descent, Victims of crime and abuse

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Many BDS clients were trafficked while abroad, and have not been able to return to their families. After stabilizing at the Crisis Care Center, we help our residents return to their hometowns.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

BDS will achieve its mission by providing direct assistance to trafficking victims, supporting the Lesotho government's efforts to patrol the border to prevent trafficking, and raising community awareness of human trafficking and interrelated issues such as sexual assault and exploitation.

Through its on-the-ground programming in Lesotho, BDS addresses the underlying causes of human trafficking, which include a lack of economic opportunities, access to education, and resources, and practical support.

In addition to running a private school for victims 18 and under, an adult vocational training program, and a 24-hour crisis shelter for victims of human trafficking and domestic violence, BDS administers trauma-informed care, providing clients with weekly individual and group therapy sessions with a psychologist, medical care as needed, and legal representation through a partnership with an all-women law firm.

BDS has also run 3 major community awareness and sensitization campaigns over the past 9 years educating the community on the prevalence and illegality of human trafficking in the country, how to recognize common tactics used by traffickers, and how victims can seek help or be advocated for by friends and family. For these campaigns, BDS held in-person presentations in schools, local police units, and community organizations that reached over 6,400 people.

During those sessions, participants often made reports of trafficking or suspected trafficking that BDS then reported to the local Child and Gender Protection Units (CGPUs). BDS works closely with the local police force to identify, shelter, and reunite trafficking survivors with their families. In addition, BDS ran radio and other multimedia components of the campaign to reach a large audience. These sensitization campaigns were supported, in part, by the International Organization on Migration, a U.N. organization.

BDS operates its Crisis Care shelter in partnership with Lesotho’s Commissioner of Refugees under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Social Development, which provide in-kind and financial contributions, respectively, and is certified by the Lesotho Department of Social Welfare.

BDS also coordinates with the Lesotho Child and Gender Protection Unit, which is tasked with prosecuting perpetrators and identifying victims. CGPU Officers refer victims in need of support to the BDS shelter, while BDS provides the CGPU with updated information on emerging developments in trafficking activity.

Since its founding in 2011, the Beautiful Dream Society (BDS) Lesotho Crisis Care Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking has provided a home for a total of 93 women and children who were victims/orphans of human trafficking. BDS has served an additional 30 adult victims of labor trafficking on a non-residential basis, supplying them with food, bedding, and toiletries.

BDS's sensitization and awareness workshops have been held in schools, local police units, and community organizations and have reached over 6,400 people over the past 9 years.

BDS aims to expand its direct assistance program by establishing a shelter for male victims of trafficking. BDS is also seeking funding to increase the capacity of its job training programs to empower survivors of human trafficking and exploitation.

Financials

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Beautiful Dream Society

Board of directors
as of 4/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev Jennifer Crow

Founder, Beautiful Dream Society

Term: 2010 - 2021

Jennifer Crow

Barn at the Woods LLC

Teresa Pinson

Owner--Pinson Well Logging

Dale Swanson

Executive Pastor--Victory Church Oklahoma City

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/17/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data