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DREAM INSTITUTE INC

Ending Human Trafficking and Rebuilding Lives

Phoenix, AZ   |  http://thedreaminstitute.org/

Mission

To invest and champion the transformation of trafficking survivors, the brokenhearted and forgotten through building Dream Centers to rescue, provide refuge, housing and trauma informed programs of healing; all to see people realize their given potential and value.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Dream Institute was created to respond to a need - to rescue trafficking survivors, provide safe housing, a secure environment and healing trauma informed care. There are multiple causes of trafficking and whether it is based on societal issues, religious control or familial, the survivors need and deserve relief. We have four (4) areas of focus for survivors: young women, Native American, single women with unplanned pregnancy and religious and family trafficking. The Short Creek Dream Center serves Utah and Arizona and have rebuilt the lives of survivors from many other states. The Arad Dream Center in Romania is an educational and rehabilitation center, aiding survivors of trafficking in Eastern Europe. People come to the Center through grass roots efforts using human resource agencies, the Romanian government and churches within Romania and neighboring countries. Future plans are to expand Dream Centers in select areas of the US, including Texas and Utah.

Ruling year info

2021

CEO

Angel Barnett

Main address

13613 N Cave Creek Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85022 USA

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EIN

84-4986263

NTEE code info

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Short Creek is known for being the home of the FLDS polygamist group and its now imprisoned, notorious leader, Warren Jeffs. Jeffs, serving a life sentence for the sexual abuse of underage girls, controlled the town of Short Creek and the lives of the nearly ten thousand people living in the town who belonged to the church. Everything from housing, critical resources like food, education, jobs and even marriages were controlled and delegated by Jeffs and the FLDS church. Since Jeffs' imprisonment, 95% of the Short Creek community has left the religious group and have begun working to rebuild their cities along with the lives of their families. With many of the resources being controlled by the dissolving church, families found themselves lacking adequate social support. Up to 48% of the community lives below the Federal Poverty Level. That, combined with larger than average families, learning life skills and supplying food and nutrition are leading issues for families.

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?

National Residential Human Trafficking Program

The Dream Institute is an international human trafficking relief network with a trauma informed care approach. We champion the transformation of the broken hearted and forgotten through building Dream Centers to rescue (working with the FBI and Homeland Security), provide refuge, housing and programs of healing - all to see people realize their given potential and value. Through our 12-18 month trauma informed program, which includes removing life's obstacles (child care, job/career placement assistance, transportation) we have a 94% completion rate, and our clients have sustained freedom and healing at least one year after graduation. We also have expanded our services to include transition
housing for an additional 12-18 months.

Population(s) Served
Sex workers
Victims and oppressed people
At-risk youth
Pregnant people
Children and youth

Where we work

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 provided monthly housing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

National Residential Human Trafficking Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2023 this total includes 190 children.

Number of events planned/supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These include events held at the Dream Center but the majority are held in the Community, free of charge.

Number of people served during outreach events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The vast majority of the events are held on our grounds or in the Short Creek Community. Given our temperate climate, we have events all twelve (12) months of the year.

Hours of Vocational Training and Sobriety Maintenance Classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Each resident takes a minimum of six (6) hours of classes each week and they are responsible for twenty (20) hours of vocational training/work every week.

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.

The Short Creek Dream Center exists to serve the twin towns of Hildale, UT and Colorado City, AZ as they continue to grow, heal, and transform. From transitional housing, recovery, community outreach and helping combat the effects of poverty, the Dream Center exists to help find and fill the needs of the Short Creek Community and beyond. Our heart is to be supportive to anyone who is on a healing journey.

The Short Creek Dream Center is also a part of the largest network of organizations that help victims of human trafficking (along with Phoenix Dream Center, Stop Traffic Walk, and Streetlight USA). Trafficking comes in many different forms and we want to see anyone suffering from exploitation be set free and have a place to go for support. We are also passionate about being a place of refuge for anyone leaving or escaping environments that would be considered abusive or oppressive.

Our most recent focus in Romania is expanding it's reach through direct contacts made in the church communities and government agencies in Romania and the neighboring countries.

On our National anti-trafficking effort, Konstance Meredith, Co-Executive Director of the Short Creek Dream Center has been an anti-trafficking activist for ten (10) years. In Phoenix, Konstance was a member of the Mayor's Human Trafficking Task Force and the Governor Ducey's Council to Combat Human Trafficking. At the Phoenix Dream Center, Konstance was in charge of human trafficking housing, "Hope Lives" for more than six (6) years.
Since moving to Utah, Konstance has had an emphasis on religious trafficking (given the past of Colorado City and Hildale) and is continuing her efforts, becoming a member of the Utah Trafficking In Persons Task Force.
The Dream Institute continues to push forward to access and help the local communities where we have a presence now and look to expand the Dream Center formula to other States like, Texas and Utah. The Arad Center in Romania was first focused on relief for women and children escaping from Ukraine. The efforts have increased outreach into surrounding countries and the people escaping homelessness, abuse and trafficking.
It is important to emphasize that 100% of donations received for specific facets of any rehabilitation services, go toward those areas. Administration and operations costs are covered through other sources of funding.

CRISIS HOUSING SERVICES
In 2023:
* We were able to serve 379 individuals through our monthly housing services (including 190 children). Families and individuals received safe housing, free meals, counseling, art therapy, and more!
* 41,874 hours of sobriety maintenance - Residents participate in sobriety classes and vocational training while receiving housing services.
* 429 people received professional counseling - We provided FREE professional counseling to all residents and members of the Community, allowing them to work through various forms of trauma.
* 450 hours of Equine Therapy

RESOURCE OFFICE
Our Community Resource Office is a free service offered to SCDC residents as well as community members. We assist residents with applications for Food Stamps, Medical Insurance, and utility/housing assistance. We also help them obtain birth certificates, social security numbers, offer job search assistance, and connections to legal services.

FOOD BANK
Thanks to our partners and local support like St. Mary's Food Bank, Convoy of Hope, Sprouts Healthy Community Foundation, Bee's Marketplace, and Midwest Food Bank, our weekly food bank distributions have been able to distribute on average 111,000 pounds of food a month!
* 13,280 households served - 42,193 individuals
* 1.2mil pounds of food
* We also launched the SNACC program with Creek Valley Health Clinic and University of Utah to provide healthy food and nutrition classes to the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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DREAM INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 03/12/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Josh Chumley

Remnant Generation, LLC

Term: 2023 -

Angel Barnett

Dream City Church

Annette Carlson

The Dream Institute

Chuck Peabody

The Dream Institute

Atwood Stanley

First Insurance & Risk Services, LLC

Tim Carlson

Scandia Custom Cabinets

Mike Ingram

Eldorado Holdings

Kathleen Winn

Winn For Arizona

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/21/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.