Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation, Inc. (“DreamCatchers”) is dedicated to fulfilling end-of-life Dreams of hospice & palliative care patients through youth chapters; increase intergenerational connection and opportunities presented to youth as a way of increasing understanding of aging, terminal illnesses, and death/dying; and elderly hospice patients, who receive their final Dream & a chance to better understand younger generations, a rare interaction in many cases.
A world where age segregation is a thing of the past, barriers in connection across age groups are eliminated, and stigmas around aging and dying are wiped out.
A culture in which youth gain a new perspective on life and death, and are regularly interacting with those in the final stages of life.
The DreamCatchers program was started as a volunteer program in conjunction with Hospice Care of the West, LLC. The program was the idea of Caitlin Crommett, a 15 year old sophomore at Tesoro High School in Orange County, California. Caitlin had the idea early in 2009 while watching the movie, “Patch Adams” during a scene in which Patch helped an elderly woman who was not eating. In the scene, she noted that she always wanted to jump into a pool of pasta….and Patch made that dream happen.
Caitlin attended the University of Notre Dame, and was able to travel the country expanding DreamCatchers during her time there thanks to the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program at the University. Since graduating in 2015, Caitlin has continued expanding the organization nationwide; there are now almost 30 chapters in roughly 15 states across the US.
Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.