Stories

Read the stories of the brave women we serve at Mary’s Home and the Women’s Clinic. We hope you find these stories as inspiring as we do!

Putting Love Into Action

Putting Love Into Action

Navigating a diagnosis can be scary and overwhelming. At the Dream Centers Women's Clinic, we do more than just diagnose and treat illnesses, but walk alongside the women we serve as they learn to navigate their new normal. A cancer diagnosis comes with a tidal wave...

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Worthy of Love

Worthy of Love

As the moms at Mary's Home go through the Mary's Home Academy program, they have several opportunities to learn from others. Recently, Mary's Home hosted a guest speaker who shared a powerful message about receiving and being worthy of, God's love. Almost all of us...

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What Does Gratitude Look Like?

What Does Gratitude Look Like?

This Christmas season, Dream Centers was able to provide a Christmas Shoppe for families at Mary's Home and the Women's Clinic. Thank you to all of the donors and volunteers who made this event possible! Gratitude is a choice and a mindset that is fueled by our...

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No Longer Forced To Wait

No Longer Forced To Wait

The holiday season is busy, overwhelming, and for many families a financial burden. The desire to provide an unforgettable Christmas for one's children forces mothers to choose between using their savings to care for their own needs or the needs of their children....

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Cookies With Mom

Cookies With Mom

For many of the families at Mary's Home, Christmas at Mary's Home may be the first time in a long time they have a place to call their own and make Christmas memories together. This is a story from the perspective of one of the children at Mary's Home. My mom and I...

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A Thanksgiving Tradition

A Thanksgiving Tradition

Traditions! I want to invite you into a story of traditions from my family. For many of the moms we serve at Dream Centers Mary's Home, this year will be the beginning for new family traditions for generations to come. Since being on staff at Dream Centers, I have...

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Pouring into our staff

Pouring into our staff

At Dream Centers, the importance of the work we do on a daily basis is palpable. Our staff is passionate about what they do, and day after day pour their hearts into serving the women and families at the Women’s Clinic and at Mary’s Home.  Each year, we take time...

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In the smallest moments…

In the smallest moments…

For the moms at Mary's Home, oftentimes some of the smallest moments matter the most. This encouraging story comes from a former Mary's Home mom, who found her story crafted by traditions like doing laundry every Saturday morning while at Mary's Home with her son. It...

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Peace of Mind

Peace of Mind

We're honored to serve women from all walks of life at the Women's Clinic. This is a story from a woman we serve at the Women's Clinic. Nine months ago, I moved to Colorado Springs hoping for a change. I thought I could get a better job and have better opportunities...

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The Life-Changing Work

The Life-Changing Work

This is a story from one of the incredible volunteer teachers at Mary's Home who co-teaches the Alpha course, which explores questions about Christian faith. I had the privilege of co-leading an Alpha course for the Mary’s Home mothers. This is a Christian faith-based...

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Cutting Pineapple

Cutting Pineapple

This is a story from one of the incredible volunteer teachers at Mary's Home who co-teaches one of our life skills classes. Who knew something as simple as cutting a pineapple could be such an impactful experience! It’s my sixth week co-teaching the Mary’s Home life...

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Rewriting Stories Through Education

Rewriting Stories Through Education

Most of the moms at Mary’s Home never finished high school. Maybe their families didn’t value education. Maybe they got in trouble and dropped out. Or maybe they had children and had to quit school to work or care for their child. Many grew up without permanent homes...

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A New Dream

A New Dream

I always dreamed of working in the medical field as a nurse. When I was in high school, I made some bad decisions. Because of a felony on my record, college after college sent me rejection letters. For many years, I’ve let my dream lie dormant. I thought it was...

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Hope Grows Here

Hope Grows Here

Have you ever watched a garden come to life? Planted seeds and nurtured those seeds until they became beautiful flowers? Or food for your family? Gardening is a magical, transformative process. And while it takes time and finesse, it’s something that anyone can learn...

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Worth Celebrating: Mary’s Home Academy Graduation

Worth Celebrating: Mary’s Home Academy Graduation

A year ago, I walked through the door of Mary’s Home — broken, lost, exhausted. I never thought I would be here, waiting to walk into my first graduation ceremony, surrounded by other Mary’s Home graduates lined up in caps and gowns. As we walk down the aisle of New...

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Courage Brought Me Here

Courage Brought Me Here

“Mom? What’s for dinner?” His childish toothless grin made my heart flutter. “I’m not sure, Sam! Let me see what we have!” He scurried away to his new room to continue playing with the brand new toys he received upon our arrival at Mary’s Home. It had been an...

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Swinging into the Sunset

Swinging into the Sunset

My mother died from an overdose when I was Mia’s age - 18 months, so I have no memories of her. After being forced from foster home to foster home, I finally ran away when I was sixteen. After years of broken and violent relationships, I found myself pregnant. When...

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A LIFE FILLED WITH HOPE AND GOODNESS

A LIFE FILLED WITH HOPE AND GOODNESS

I was almost ten when my mother told me we all have choices. It had been months of very apparent symptoms running rampant in my body. I knew I was sick but was paralyzed with being unsure of what I could do. Where does a woman go when she has no clear options for...

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A BIRTHDAY PARTY

A BIRTHDAY PARTY

It’s raining outside as I scurry up the steps of the bright yellow bus. Drenched, I use my shirt to wipe the water from my brow. I hear my name growing from something faint into something loud. “Tara!” My eyes squint and look through all the eyes on the bus until I...

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NO COINCIDENCES: MARY’S STORY

NO COINCIDENCES: MARY’S STORY

Nothing is random for believers in Jesus, so it’s no coincidence that Mary ended up at Mary’s Home with her four-year-old son, Cash. Mary at 19 had never known stability. She had grown up fatherless with a mom who was in and out of psychiatric hospitals, and...

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A HOMECOMING THROUGH FRIED CHICKEN

A HOMECOMING THROUGH FRIED CHICKEN

This is not Food TV! This was my first reaction to a question about cooking at Mary’s Home! While some girls are naturals, and many of us brag about our one-of-a-kind, best family recipe—mine is macaroni and cheese—making a meal or aspiring to be a home chef is the...

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CATCHING HOPE

CATCHING HOPE

I wrote down once that to love someone deeply is what gives us all the courage we ever need to do the next right thing. Those were the words I whispered over and over with blood streaming down my left eye, my babies following close behind me and just one bag of...

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TURNED AWAY BY EVERY DOCTOR…

TURNED AWAY BY EVERY DOCTOR…

A story of a brave woman who was a patient at the Women’s Clinic: As far as I can remember the consequences of my life ran ahead of the dignity of my humanity due to the poor choices made by other people and in turn the poor choices made by myself. I had come up...

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THE GREATEST GIFTS

THE GREATEST GIFTS

A story of one of strong women we serve: I had always believed that I couldn’t carry the weight of the world. There I sat waiting for the doctor’s weighty results. I patted my stomach and took a deep breath. Years ago when I was a child my mother endured...

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PREGNANT. HOMELESS. ALONE.

PREGNANT. HOMELESS. ALONE.

2:15am. I stared at the clock remembering the moment I decided to run away from your father. You were born the same time I left him. Life from so much death. I sat up from the bed in the hospital and stared at your tiny face emulating beauty. I swear to you he...

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Dream Centers occasionally shares stories reflective of the real life experiences of women and families we have served. Please know that all names have been changed and descriptive life events edited to protect all actual parties involved. Dream Centers is unable to regulate outside subsequent commentary on or distribution of those stories. We value every woman and family we serve and are committed to doing everything possible to protect their privacy.