I've volunteered off and on over the last 10 years. It's a great place for the kids that attend. Help studying, music, dance, food, art, ...
I've grown up attending CDOC and it's just been so wonderful. As anyone else would agree, I have gained so much from being there that now I just want to give back. All I have to give back is my time and so I gladly show up everyday. So many kids go there looking for a place and they find much more. They find a family.
People say this place is like a second home, but I would say its our first home. Everyone here is my family. some times I disagree with them, but at the end of the day we grow a stronger bond. this is the safest place to be they always accept you for who you are
Creative Dreams is a welcoming place where you will always feel at home. The people are like family and you will always feel accepted. Volunteering here has been an experience of a lifetime for the past 6 years. There is so many activities to participate in while here. For someone who is coming for the first time as soon as you walk through those gates you will feel accepted, loved, and welcomed.
Creative Dreams Outreach Center is a great after school program that I have been apart of for 8 years.
They are focused in the arts (art, dance, and music).This place has really been a second home for me by helping me with home work, feeding me and even clothing me sometimes. Jackie Stouffer is really a wonderful person to us and I say us because she loves all of us equally . Every person that walks in Creative Dreams is loved by Jackie in her on special way. I don't know where I would be with out Jackie and Creative Dreams.
Creative Dreams is an opportunity that lets me do things that I thought that I was never going to be able to do. I learned how to dance, draw, paint, and I'm currently learning how to play the guitar and piano. And not to mention the great singing lessons from the singer Savannah Berry. I've been going for five years and now I work here. I don't know how my life would have been and how my connection with God would have turned out if I had never gave Creative Dreams a chance.
From Monday through Thursday I have the opportunity to work with amazing young adults. These kids have changed my life for the better, each day that I come here I learn something new whether it's and instrument, art, or a dance move that I didn't know about before. Coming to Creative Dreams was the best decision I have made in my entire life, I've been coming here since the summer after my 6th grade year. At the time I didn't have any friends, so my mom suggested it. Ever since then my life have changed. Here is where I met my best friends, Julissa, Marcelles and Jazz. I can't stress how amazing this program has been for me! I highly recommend it.
Creative Dreams outreach center is basically my safe place, I grew up here. I started when I was 10 years old and I'm turning 19 next month.That's literally half my life. I love spending time here because I know I can be myself and no one will judge me and that is truly what every teen needs because the problem in our society is kids too worried about what other kids think of them. That was one of my struggles. I know whenever I am un happy I can come here and it'll all change.
I had a privilege to visit Creative Dreams on several occasions over the last 9 years. As a mental health professional with an expertise in foster care and adoption family therapy services, I am always impressed with the level of support clients of Creative Dreams receive on a daily basis. I have witnessed adolescents develop multiple healthy coping mechanisms such as dancing, singing, painting, and various art activities. Creative Dreams provides a safe place and a chance for these young people to experience a sense of belonging, which for many of them has been a significant struggle throughout lifetime and particularly around the critical stage of adolescence. I believe this organization is an active catalyst in the process of restoration of many lives!
Creative Dreams is a place that truly changes the lives of those that enter the doors. I had the joy of volunteering for a number of years teaching dance classes. During this time, I was able to see first-hand how the kids' lives were impacted for the better by simply having someone take the time to see them, to invest in their education, to love them, and to help them see the value of their lives. One of my favorite things was to watch the kids' joy as they learned new things. Beyond the art, dance, and music lessons - the kids at Creative Dreams have the opportunity to learn life skills that will serve them for a lifetime.