Welcome to DreamCatchers!
DreamCatchers is a network of high school or college student chapters dedicated to fulfilling the end-of-life Dreams of hospice patients in their communities.
Student chapters work with local hospices in their communities to fulfill the Dreams of their patients, in the form of a memorable experience or event to celebrate that person and their life. For example, a Dream may be a sailboat ride, for a man who loved the ocean and spent years of his life on boats and submarines. Or, a Dream may come in the form of a family reunion celebration, for a patient (“Dreamer”) who rarely gets to see their family anymore and wants to spend some quality time together.
Other past Dreams we’ve fulfilled include:
- Trip to a ballgame (
- Birthday party
- Car show
- Boat/plane/helicopter ride
- Trip to local attraction (i.e. Botanical Gardens in Phoenix or Washington Monument in DC)
- Dancing- bring in a local artist/band, dancers (especially popular in nursing home/assisted living environments)
- Gourmet dinner
- Beauty- makeover, hair/nails, spa day
- Horseshoes/bingo game day
A large part of the DreamCatchers mission centers on intergenerational connection. These Dream experiences provide the chance for young people to interact with typically-elderly hospice patients, an interaction rarely experienced in today’s society. We intend to destigmatize hospice, death and dying, by exposing young people early in life, and showing them how wonderful hospice can be for people nearing the end of their lives.
Our chapters work closely with hospice caregivers and nurses to make sure the patient is safe and receives the proper care. We work closely with various hospices in locations with Dreamcatchers clubs.
Our first chapter for the foundation began at one high school in California and is now states all around the country. High school students, college students, and hospices are thrilled to makes these dreams work for those who are terminally ill.
Check out past Dreams under Dreams Fulfilled.
We are an independent group and seek support through donations and fundraising. Please visit our Donate tab to contribute and help us make more Dreams come true across the country.
Hospice Dreamcatcher Foundation, Inc
A 501 (c)(3) Corporation
Fed Tax ID: 05-0634716
The DreamCatcher Story
Native Americans believe the night air is filled with dreams… both good and bad. The Dream Catcher, when hung over or near your bed, swings freely in the air and catches the dreams as they flow by.
The Dream Catcher
The good dreams know how to pass through the dreamcatcher, slipping through the outer holes and sliding down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeping person does not know he or she is dreaming. The bad dreams get tangled in the dream catcher and never see the next light of day.
The Dream Team
Our Dream Team uses the dream catcher to find the good dreams and get them to our patient. Follow the Dream Team as they travel around the United States to set up DreamCatchers chapters in other cities.
Origin of DreamCatchers
Caitlin Crommett collected dreamcatchers for years as part of her Native American heritage and the stories her family heard over the years. As the idea to grant hospice patients’ final wishes evolved, she thought the Dreamcatcher was the obvious and wonderful choice for the foundation name.