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 & Board of Directors

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, and son, Zeke. 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 Jessica Stiffler.

Dr. Michael J. Anthony
Chief Operating Officer & Chief Finance Officer
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Michael serves as the Director of Operations. In this capacity, he is responsible for the oversight and support of the operations at the Dream Centers. He translates strategy and vision into action plans, focuses on operational excellence, drive for growth, and fundraising performance.

He brings extensive experience in non-profit management having served as Vice Provost of Academic Development and Effectiveness and Professor of Christian education at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology for 27 years.

He is also the president of Calibrate Global Consulting, which provides consulting services to non-profit ministries all over the world. He has ministered in over 20 countries. He, and his wife, Michelle, have two adult children and live in Colorado Springs. His hobbies include hiking, backpacking, sailing, and fly fishing.

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.

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.

Stephanie DeMeritt
Mary’s Home Associate Program Director
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Stephanie DeMeritt serves as the Mary’s Home Associate Program Director. She loves being part of a ministry that seeks to empower women and remind them of their worth, and is continually amazed by the bravery of the Mary’s Home moms.

Stephanie grew up in the mitten (that’s Michigan!) and graduated from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Communication. Before joining the Mary’s Home team, she was a traveling public speaker and director of the intern program at another non-profit. She loves frequenting local coffee shops, hiking, and camping with her husband Matt and friends.

Fun Fact: For those Avengers fans, Stephanie has a spiderman-like scar on her wrist.

Samantha Guan
Women’s Clinic Sonographer
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Samantha serves as the Sonographer for the Dream Centers Women’s Clinic. She has a passion for women’s health and enjoys the opportunity to get to know and serve the women who come through the clinic, each with their own personal journeys.

Samantha is a California native, and alumni of College of the Canyons graduating with a degree in Biology and Physical Science, and a graduate of Kaplan College’s Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. She is registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) specializing in OB/GYN sonography.

She previously worked as a Sonographer for a Los Angeles County outpatient clinic before being called to move to Colorado and joining the Dream Centers Women’s Clinic in 2015. Samantha enjoys watching God’s beautiful sunsets, hiking in the mountains, listening to an eclectic variety of music especially 60s music, going to outdoor concerts, and traveling with her husband of 20 years and their two boys.

Sue Harrelson
Director of Volunteers
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Sue enjoys facilitating and developing volunteer engagement with Dream Centers. Her heart is to see volunteers relationally connected in meaningful service through opportunities that align with their expertise, strengths, and God-given talents.

Her greatest desire, next to knowing Jesus, is loving people well. Sue has 20 years of local church ministry experience in support and leadership positions.

Sue loves to travel with her husband, make soup, read, take pictures, and be outdoors for any reason at all. She cherishes her role as Grandma.

Fun fact: Sue and her husband were once stranded on an island for five days.

Tisha Hickerson
Mary’s Home Administrative Coordinator
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Tisha Hickerson serves as the Administrative 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.

Michelle Hubbard
Women’s Clinic Operations Director
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Michelle Hubbard serves as the Clinical Operations Director for the Women’s Clinic. She has worked for non-profit health organizations to help the underserved and vulnerable populations for most of her career.

Michelle is a Colorado Native where she attended the United States Air Force Academy and the University of Phoenix where she received her Bachelors in Management and Marketing. Michelle enjoys the outdoors, camping and fishing, and spending time with her three children.

Janet Lee
Mary’s Home Family Advocate
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Janet has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. After more than 16 years in Christian publishing in Colorado Springs, Janet moved to Phoenix, Arizona where she directed a discipleship/leadership experience for young adults.

Before joining the staff at Mary’s Home, Janet served as the in-residence House Manager for The Anchor House, a South Phoenix shelter for single mothers with young children experiencing homelessness and generational poverty.

Supporting and discipling young single mothers is more than just a job to Janet. She is passionate about living out her life in Christ in a way that brings hope and healing to those around her.

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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Stacy Noble serves as the First Impressions Director at the Women’s Clinic. She is responsible for training new reception volunteers and serves as point of contact for all non-medical volunteers. She loves people and enjoys serving and encouraging the women at the Clinic.

Stacy received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and an Elementary Teaching Certificate from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She spent the last 22 years raising her two daughters and volunteering for local schools and churches. Her most recent experience has been serving as a First Impressions volunteer at the Women’s Clinic for 3 years.

Stacy’s passions include Bible study, family, reading, music, and living life with her husband Troy.

Fun Facts: Stacy collects snowmen, plays piano, flute and sings. Stacy spent a lot of time in Germany when she was growing up because her dad was in the Army.

Caitlyn O’Connell
Development Manager
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Caitlyn O’Connell serves as the Donor Care Specialist in Development to cultivate relationships with donors and help them find joy in giving. Caitlyn comes from a background in human services in her previous position at the Griffith Centers for Children and currently serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster care children since 2012.

Originally from the Chicago area, she has picked up some fun Colorado activities such as snowboarding, hiking (the non-extreme variety), and glamping. She married a Cali guy and is now exploring the beach life (with plenty of sunscreen, sun hats, and cover-ups for her Irish skin) when on vacation.

Fun Fact: Her favorite food is deep dish Chicago pizza. Thankfully, Giordano’s Pizza will ship pizzas to Colorado!

Jessica Stiffler
Dream Centers Executive Assistant
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Jessica Stiffler serves as the Dream Centers Executive Assistant. As a native to Colorado Springs, she has a heart to see her city flourish through connection and community.

Jess earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration through Liberty University and comes from a background working in business and international development. Her experiences serving others across the world have only cemented her desire to see individuals thrive economically, relationally, and spiritually.

In true Colorado form, Jess loves to hike and spend her free time outdoors. If she’s not on a mountain, she’s probably reading or writing, sharing coffee with a friend, or thinking about her next adventure abroad.

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.