About Dream Centers

Dream Centers is made up of people with one common goal in mind – leveraging our resources to see our city flourish. We partner with the greater Colorado Springs community to provide holistic care and services with compassion, faith, and justice so that broken lives can be restored to wholeness.

Our Story

Dream Centers’ founding vision continues today – to identify and fill the greatest gaps in care–the points of pain–for people suffering in the Pikes Peak region. As a result, our two pillar programs, The Women’s Clinic and Mary’s Home, were formed.

Now, Dream Centers residents at Mary’s Home and patients at the Women’s Clinic are rebuilding their dreams. They are becoming hopeful, helpful, and healthier to create a better life for their families, and build a better community for all.

Our Mission

To provide health and hope for people working to rebuild their dreams.

Our Outcomes Extend Beyond Numbers

"If you would have told me two years ago, before entering Mary's Home, that I'd have a safe place to live and the opportunity to attend college and build a future for myself and my kids - I would have said you were crazy. Now, the dreams I never had are becoming my dreams AND my reality!"

Mary's Home Mother

"I was scared. I knew something was wrong. Two part-time jobs and student loans made it impossible for me to afford a doctor's visit. I’m so grateful for the people who donate to make Dream Centers possible for women like me who are struggling to make ends meet. You saved my life!"

Women's Clinic Patient

Dream Centers Staff

Matthew Ayers
Pastor and CEO
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Matthew Ayers serves as the Pastor and CEO for the Dream Centers. He’s all about connecting and serving people with excellence. Matthew spent several years in the Air Force, building and managing air and space programs, and teaching at USAFA, before founding Dream Centers in 2011.

Matthew is a Washington State native and graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Georgia College & State University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He geeks out on all things leadership and theology, but gets even more life from adventure in the great outdoors with family and friends and seeing people overcome their challenges.

He enjoys travel, reading, the arts, outdoors, and live music. You might see him trail running the Rockies, enjoying the best coffees that Colorado Springs has to offer, or enjoying his neighborhood with his wife, Amber, his son, Zeke, and his daughter, Halle Joy. Little known fact: The idea to start a nonprofit to fill the gaps in our community was originally inspired by his Grandpa Paul!

To reach Matthew please email Megan Warren

Denise Capps
Donor Relations Coordinator
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My favorite thing about working at Dream Centers is that we meet people where they are at and we help to get them to a different, hopefully better place in their lives. I love that we take a whole-person approach as we attempt to meet the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of everyone we encounter. 

In my free time, I love being with my family—especially visiting my daughter and grandson in Grand Junction. I am an avid crafter! I enjoying sewing and working with polymer clay especially. Fun fact: I used to own my own Etsy shop.

Zoey Crotty
Mary's Home Administrative Assistant
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What I love the most about working at Dream Centers is that everything I do has a purpose. We’re not only helping women have a better life, but we’re also helping their children and with that, future generations have a better future while showing them God’s love.

I love to host people and have fun with family and friends. I love to read and collect books, watch anime and collect manga and play videogames. I love to travel to new places and meet new people while learning about new cultures.

Kylie Day
Mary's Home Family Advocate
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It’s such an honor and gift to get to partner in the healing and transformative work that God is doing here in this city. I love being surrounded daily by the brave, powerful, resilient women here at Mary’s Home.

I am always up for an adventure and especially love being in the mountains, even more so if there’s a body of water to play in or sit by. I also love traveling, learning from new cultures, sitting in local coffee shops, reading good books, and hanging out with family and friends.

Fun fact – I bungee jumped in Africa at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world!

Stephanie DeMeritt
Mary’s Home Associate Program Director
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I love being a part of a high challenge high support program that is partnering with incredible women as they overcome obstacles, heal, and build a beautiful life for themselves and their children.

I love working with a passionate team of people who are highly skilled and always learning, love Jesus, and want to elevate the women we partner with into positions of leadership.

I am a Certified Personal Development Life Coach. I love yoga, reading, board games, and visiting local coffee shops/restaurants. I have a spiderman-like scar on my wrist and have a passion for small dogs.

Sue Harrelson
Director of Volunteer Engagement
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It is my joy and delight to get to know the amazing people who come to work and volunteer with us and to share in making a positive impact in our community. I am so grateful to be a part of this family who loves and serves well.

I love photography, seeing new places, reading, cooking, and hiking are some of my favorite things. Leon Gessi’s pizza and Monica’s breakfast burritos are the best!

Tisha Hickerson
Mary’s Home First Impressions and Events Coordinator
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Tisha Hickerson serves as the First Impressions and Events Coordinator at Dream Centers Mary’s Home. She has a heart for meeting people where they are, walking alongside them and helping them to see their true value, worth and potential.

Tisha is a Missouri native and alumni of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. She has more than ten years of experience serving in the non-profit world. She is honored to be a part of the Mary’s Home staff.

When not at the office, Tisha loves being outside with her husband and three young children. In the winter you will find them skiing down the mountain. When Colorado warms up they are at the pool, biking or enjoying the Colorado sun.

Mary Hoggatt
Mary’s Home Program Director
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Mary Hoggatt is the Program Manager at Dream Centers Mary’s Home. She has a heart for meeting people in their stories and being a part of their journey to health, healing and hope. Whether it is a resident, volunteer, staff person or donor, she loves to step in with her whole heart to serve them.

Mary graduated from Liberty University with her masters as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She also brings over 15 years of experience in administrative management and business development. Mary has found her niche at Mary’s Home through trauma informed program development, leadership training and development, and strategically planning for growth. She will never run out of things to do as she is constantly looking to take Mary’s Home further!

When Mary does step away from the work she loves, she can be found in the mountains with her precious family. They love Colorado and enjoy all that the beautiful outdoors has to offer including fly-fishing, camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing or just reading a great book on top of a mountain.

Michelle Hubbard
Women’s Clinic Operations Director
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I love serving with a community of awesome people who are here to show the love of Christ with no judgement.

I love the outdoors, a few of my favorite hobbies outdoors are camping and fishing. I have three amazing kids who are doing great things through academics and athletics in college and high school. A local favorite for me is the Fountain Nature Center.

Natalie Johnson, MS, PA-C
Dream Centers Women’s Clinic Executive Director
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Natalie Johnson serves at the Clinic Director for the Dream Centers Women’s Clinic. She loves serving the women and helping to meet their physical, spiritual and mental needs.

Natalie is a Tennessee native and graduated from Baylor College of Medicine where she earned her Masters degree in Physician Assistant studies with Honors.
She has worked as a Physician Assistant for the past 15 years in Oncology, Family Practice and Women’s Health.

Natalie enjoys spending time with her boys and husband of 20 years, working out, traveling, Christian praise music and impressionist art.

Diana Jones
Mary's Home Community Advocate
Russell Keller
Advancement Services Director
Nora MacKenzie
Vice President of Advancement
Whitney Magowan
Women’s Clinic Medical Office Coordinator
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Whitney serves as the Medical Office Coordinator at the Dream Centers Women’s Clinic. She has been a registered nurse since 2008, serving with multiple non-profit organizations focusing on women’s and children’s care, both overseas and domestic.

Whitney’s desire is to lovingly serve, encourage, and care for those in need. She aspires to share hope with those who may feel hopeless and love those who feel unloved.

She loves to go on adventures with her three daughters in the gorgeous Colorado mountains while camping, hiking, biking, and exploring. Spending time with her family, travel, art, and photography are some of her other interests.

Stacy Noble
First Impressions Director
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I love serving others in our community with a Staff that is a family. Our leadership is generous and kind and truly cares for each staff member. Everywhere I turn, there is support from all members of the staff and our leadership as well.

My 2 adult daughters and my precious grandson bring incredible joy to my life! I love Jesus with all of my heart and He has always been my constant companion. My hobbies include reading and crocheting. Fun fact: I collect snowman and have them up all year round!

Bethany Parker
Mary's Home Family Advocate
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I love working in a place so committed to holistic care!

I love to be outside, I’m passionate about Thai food and I have the most epically adorable nieces and nephews ever.

Dora Rush-Baumert
Mary's Home Property Manager
Jessica Stiffler
Associate Director of Advancement
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I love being apart of a mission that focuses on loving our city well and providing critical services that may not otherwise exist. I take great pride in the Dream Centers culture and values of excellence, generosity, and intentionality and enjoy building relationships with the partners that support our program and make it all possible.

My free time is spent enjoying quality time with my husband, exploring Colorado’s beautiful outdoors, curling up with a good novel, or traveling somewhere new.

Megan Warren
Dream Centers Executive Assistant
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I love being able to help support the incredible work of healing and restoring of hope that is done here at Dream Centers in so many different ways. While my work looks different everyday, the one thing that never changes is the incredible team of people at Dream Centers who deeply love our community and tirelessly strive to make Colorado Springs a better place!

I love to read, try new recipes, and walk or hike with my husband, Trent. We have a cat named Harley Quinn who I’m obsessed with (a sentiment that she does not reciprocate), and we spend many evenings on the couch watching the latest Superhero/Starwars/Crime TV show. I love smoothies, Dutch Bros, and can never say no to Mexican food—especially if we are sharing a meal with family and friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Dream Centers?

Dream Centers is a community of people leveraging their resources to serve our city and help it flourish. We help women and families exit homelessness and lead sustainable, successful lives with minimal public assistance. We do this by providing holistic health, education, and career resources.

Are you related to other "Dream Centers"?

The overall framework for Dream Centers is the only relation we have with other Dream Centers across the country. All Dream Centers operate independently with their own unique beliefs, structure, funding and programs.

Are you a church ministry?

We are not a church ministry, we are a faith-based nonprofit. Read more about our beliefs here.

Do you have to be a Christian to receive services?

No, you do not need to be a Christian to receive services and support from Women’s Clinic or Mary’s Home. Dream Centers is a faith-based nonprofit, which means all staff members and volunteers are active believers. Our purpose is to establish a supportive space for all of God’s children.

Can I come visit and see what Dream Centers does?

Yes! Each month, both programs host their own tours. We welcome you to come see the amazing work being done on the ground to support women and families. Sign up here!

How can I learn more about Dream Centers?

You can learn more about Mary’s Home and The Women’s Clinic on each program’s page. For more insight on daily life and services at Dream Centers, check us out on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube.

How is Dream Centers funded?

Contributions that support the programs come from individual donations, businesses or partnerships, and grants. Monthly donations through our Dream Makers program help sustain consistent funding. Become a Dream Maker and donate today!

How pervasive is the need for this work?

The need is real and widespread. In El Paso County, CO, 2,142 children were identified as experiencing homelessness by the Colorado Department of Education in the school year of 2017-2018.

The National Center for Homeless states over 92% of homeless mothers have experienced severe physical and/or sexual abuse during their lifetime and that children experiencing homelessness have 3 times the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to non-homeless children.

The 2017 Colorado Health Access Survey states that 8.1% of Coloradans below the poverty line are uninsured. And that 21% of Coloradans below the federal poverty line spend more than 20% of their income on out-of-pocket health costs.

Does all the money donated actually go to the cause?

In CY 2018, our expenses showed that 71.3% were dedicated to program service expenses, 15.7% as administration expenses, and 13% as fundraising expenses. View our annual reports.

What does it mean to offer holistic healthcare at the Women's Clinic?

Offering holistic care means we care for not only the physical body, but also provide counseling, prayer, and social services to support mental and spiritual health. We also provide a full suite of wrap-around services including preventative care, ultrasounds, pregnancy resources, chiropractic, massage and physical therapy services. View more information on the Women’s Clinic.

Who does the Women’s Clinic serve?

The Women’s Clinic serves uninsured and under-insured women ages 13 to 65.

How many families does Mary's Home serve at one time?

Mary’s Home works with 19 families at one time. On average we serve 15 single mothers with 1 to 2 children – approximately up to 60 people served. The Mary’s Home model includes housing and comprehensive services designed to give mothers the necessary tools to achieve lasting self-sufficiency, stable employment and secure permanent housing.

Are you a shelter?

We are not a shelter. We provide long-term, high-challenge and supportive residential services to single-mother-led families exiting homelessness. For more information or to apply to Mary’s Home click here.