WHO WE ARE - OUR MISSION
Hope To Dream believes that every child should have a good night's sleep and a bed to call their own.
We believe by helping a child sleep well, they are poised to lead a healthier and more productive life.
We provide a twin mattress, bed frame, bedding and pillow to a deserving child; a child who might otherwise suffer the negative physical and emotional effects of sleep deprivation.
Like many children from immigrant families, Jessica hasn't had it easy. For many years her parents worked the fields in Florida and Michigan. As a child, Jessica traveled with her family, harvesting crops alongside her parents and younger brothers and sisters.
Now 22, Jessica says that seven years ago, finding a place for the family to sleep, especially the little ones, was a challenge.
While living in Florida, they shared a small trailer with another family and all lived in one room. When it came to beds, Our family rotated, recalls Jessica. Some of us would sleep on the couch, others would sleep on the floor – just lay a few blankets and sleep on top.
When associates at Ashley HomeStore in Brandon heard about their living conditions, they sprang into action. Through Hope to Dream, Ashley donated four beds to the family. Jessica recalls that it was a turning point in her life.
I never pictured having a bed. It really made an impact…there (was) a possibility for us to grow up and have bed and have our own rooms, and have a bigger house. We never experienced having something to own like that.
But more importantly, Jessica says owning her own bed was the beginning of her brighter future. It would be just a bed for anyone, but it was more than just a bed for us. It was a change of mindset.
Today, Jessica is a sophomore in college, and her sister is attending another college on scholarship, while her younger brother plans to enroll soon. She says Hope to Dream gave her and her family the hope that dreams could come true.
It wasn’t that we didn’t have dreams before. But it inspired us that those dreams were realistic dreams. …we could provide a better future for ourselves and our parents.
With tears in her eyes, Jessica says, It humbles me to see where I came from. And where I am now, and where I could be later.