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.
"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!"
"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!"
Dream Centers Staff
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.