DreamCatchers Founder, Caitlin Crommett, then 12 years of age, volunteers at a hospice singing at memorial services for families of patients. Caitlin loved this, but wanted to do something meaningful for patients while they were alive.
After watching the movie Patch Adams, Caitlin grants a Dream for Bernie, a sailor. She officially registered the concept as DreamCatchers Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation.
The idea grows into a club at Caitlin’s high school, and spreads to 3 other high schools in the area.
More students learn about DreamCatchers, partnering with local hospices, and fulfilling end-of-life Dreams for hospice patients. Caitlin and another student, Katie , expand DreamCatchers to 7 states.
DreamCatchers is featured on an NBC national commercial during a Notre Dame football game halftime show, increasing nationwide visibility.
DreamCatchers has its first official Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, AZ. The organization spans 10 states and 15 chapters.
DreamCatchers grows to over 40 active chapters across the country and welcomes its first national partner, EHO Rx.
Native Americans have long known that the night air is filled with both good and bad dreams. In order to respect and honor Spider Woman, the people of the Ojibwe Nation weaved Dreamcatchers to hang above the beds of their sleeping children. The dreamcatcher filters out the bad dreams and allows only good thoughts to enter into our minds when we are asleep. A small hole in the center of the dreamcatcher is where the good dreams come through. With the first rays of sunlight, the bad dreams will perish.
Founder Caitlin Crommett is part Native American with her ancestry tracing back to the Penobscot tribe in Maine. She honors the elders of our communities with the gift of the dreamcatchers and by granting their Dreams just as the people of the Ojibwe Nation have honored Spider Woman by weaving the dreamcatchers. DreamCatchers creates a pathway for our youth to honor our elders.