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TULSA DREAM CENTER INC

GIVING HOPE. CHANGING LIVES.

aka TDC   |   Tulsa, OK   |  www.tulsadreamcenter.org

Mission

Tulsa Dream Center exists to empower the community of North Tulsa to know God and experience transformation.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Tim Newton

Main address

PO Box 700298

Tulsa, OK 74170 USA

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EIN

73-1610216

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Community Health Systems (E21)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Our programs

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Literacy Is For Everyone

L.I.F.E. (LITERACY IS FOR EVERYONE) - We provide personalized tutoring and educational support for 400+ students at 3 sites, and we are facilitating distance learning in response to COVID-19. In Tulsa Public Schools, only 20% of students who are economically disadvantaged are proficient or advanced in reading and language arts. In order to bridge this gap, we provide after-school support in our L.I.F.E. (Literacy Is For Everyone) Program to ensure all of our students are performing at or above grade level in preparation for the 3rd grade reading test and higher education.

FOOD ACCESS - The area of North Tulsa is a notorious food desert, and some residents live as far as 15 miles from the nearest grocery store and many lack transportation. We provide weekly, on-site grocery giveaways and deliveries to individuals that face barriers to access.

CLOTHING - We provide clothing and household items to thousands of North Tulsa residents every year. We frequently serve newly released prisoners, single moms, and community members in need of business attire.  In addition to clothing in all sizes for all seasons, we facilitate the distribution of items such as school backpacks, car seats, furniture, and other essential items.

MEDICAL CARE - We provide primary care for hundreds of patients every single month along with free name-brand prescriptions. North Tulsa residents are expected to live 11 years less than South Tulsa residents, according to the City of Tulsa. Many factors play into this including limited access to nutritious food, poor living conditions, and access to preventative medical care. Through a partnership with St. John Health System and Good Samaritan Health Services, our medical clinic provides primary care for the uninsured completely free-of-charge. 

SPORTS & CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT - Our Sports and Recreation Program provides a safe place to build camaraderie after school and over the summer for 400+ students every year. We believe a key component in our youth programs is the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Our Dream League sports program provides a structured environment, and our players must meet a grade requirement in order to participate in games.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Our results

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

Number of students showing improvement in test scores

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program participants who receive a secondary school diploma or GED

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students enrolled

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of parents/guardians engaged in student activities

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For a child to be enrolled in our program, it is a requirement for a parent or guardian to be involved in the Parent Enrichment Classes we hold once a month.

Number of teachers trained

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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

The Tulsa Dream Center is a faith-based charitable organization that exists to meet the needs of people in North Tulsa. We believe the the most threatening needs require the most attention. We invest in education because 80% of US prison inmates cannot read above a 3rd grade reading level. We want to plunder prisons by educating our students. We invest in medical care because North Tulsa has the highest rate of uninsured Tulsans. We want to give the community members of North Tulsa the medical care that they need. We invest in food because one out of four children go to bed hungry in Oklahoma. North Tulsa is known as a food dessert, with the closest grocery store being 10 miles away. We desire to step in the gap for people of North Tulsa to provide healthy groceries for the household.

Our education programs stem from early childhood development through GED Programs for adults. Our Literacy Is For Everyone Program (LIFE) is for grades 1-5 and has over 200 students enrolled and a waitlist of over 50. Every student receives one on one tutoring and uses the I-Ready software to pinpoint their educational gaps. Every child is given a well balanced hot meal, for many children, it may be their only hot meal of the day. Certified teachers facilitate our GED program. They aid community members in studying and successfully passing the GED test.
Our medical services provides primary care services to the uninsured in North Tulsa. Many people in the community do not qualify or cannot afford any medical insuranc. Through a partnership with St. John Health System and Good Samaritan Health Services, the medical clinic has a group of volunteer physicians, volunteer nurses, one part-time paid doctor, and two part-time paid registered nurses who help provide the healthcare needs of those who come to TDC.
Our food programs range from on-site hot meals to grocery giveaways to community members. We feed close to 1,000 children and families hot meals that may not otherwise have been able to have a meal. Three times a week we have grocery assistance at our Grocery Giveaway. We can provide needy families with fresh produce and dry goods. This program is vital for the North Tulsa, as this community has been identified as a “food desert," due to a lack of complete grocery stores that are readily accessible with nutritional goods.

With education, we are able to expand our program into schools in North Tulsa. This allows us to reach more children with the quality of education then need to be successful in life. With our medical clinic, we are able to serve as a primary care facility to those in need. We have doctors and nurses that serve in our clinic part time, every week. With North Tulsa being a food dessert, we have put a lot of effort into our grocery giveaway services. This has been through a community garden, partnerships with local food banks and providing healthy menu cards.

Within education, we have seen extreme success with the 3rd grade reading proficiency tests. In 2015, *72% of Tulsa 3rd graders failed the mandatory reading proficiency test. That same year, 100% of 3rd graders in the LIFE program at the Tulsa Dream Center passed the same test. This is where we will continue to focus on, allowing our students to break the cycle of poverty and see success in life. Since its launch in 2006, the LIFE Program at the Tulsa Dream Center has brought literacy to 1,500 students. We plan to launch our program in one new school a year, until we have a program in every low-income North Tulsa Public School.
The Tulsa Dream Center Medical Clinic has a partnered with multiple organizations and serves a a primary care provider to uninsured North Tulsa community members. Local doctors and nurses volunteer their time to help people with medical needs and exams. In 2017 alone, we had over 1,800 patient visits. Our Medical Clinic also has a Diabetes Management Program, which provides medical care and support, insulin, diabetic shoes, and educational resources on how to manage this disease. We desire to expand our medical clinic hours. This will allow medical access to more individuals within North Tulsa.
At the Tulsa Dream Center, we have our Grocery Giveaway three times a week. Community members can come to our facility and receive a shopping cart full of well balanced, nutritional groceries. In 2017, we supplied over 12,000 families with groceries. Our plan for the future is to grow strategically to provide healthy groceries to those in North Tulsa who need it the most.

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TULSA DREAM CENTER INC

Board of directors
as of 12/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Daugherty

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