A MESSAGE FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR:
In just over 5 short but impactful years, Sweet Dream Makers has provided more than 10,000 beds, and that is truly a milestone to be celebrated. Your shared belief that every child should have a bed of their own was put into action through your commitment to our vision. Together, the unbelievable dedication of our vendors, staff, and volunteers empowered us to make sweet dreams come true.
Our world faced a “new normal” this year; for families with children the continued pandemic, rising housing costs, and transitioning students back to in-person classes were a challenge to navigate. With your support, we delivered a record 2,884 beds in 2021! That’s over three times the number of beds we provided our very first year in 2017. While the reality of the staggering need for beds grounds us, we are humbled to bring respite to so many local families.
There are endless reasons why families need beds. Many of those circumstances bring tears to our eyes, but “bedlessness” in our local neighborhoods is something we can solve – literally overnight. I invite you to turn to Page 6 to read more about “bedlessness,” and the reports from families whose lives have improved from receiving beds of their own.
This past year, we delivered 19% more beds than in 2020, resulting in over 300 beds per month going forward! Not only did we continue to serve Palm Beach County with tenacity, we committed ourselves to a controlled expansion into Broward County. Now hundreds of additional children and their families will have a good night’s rest for years to come.
As we enter our 6th year of service, we know there is much work to be done in 2022. Your commitment to getting kids off the floor and into a bed is a tremendous testimony to your care for our community. I hope you are enlightened about our vision and feel inspired to stay involved. Please call or email me any time to talk about what we can accomplish together. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making sweet dreams come true!
– Suzy Broad