Nonprofit in Rancho Santa Fe Supports, Empowers, and Inspires Women

The DreamKeepers Project is an offshoot of the Mental Health Systems Family Recovery Center, commonly referred to as FRC. For a number of years Las Damas, a Fairbanks Ranch women’s group, provided support to the center, which served as a live-in health care facility for women recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. The center assists families to help them achieve economic and social self-sufficiency while helping women with treatment programs. It also helps improve the well-being of children while promoting family unification.

In 2004, Pat Gregory was volunteering at FRC when the FRC program manager asked for her input and advice about the program. The center needed supplies, volunteers, and sponsors. Pat, along with her friend and neighbor, Vera Campbell, brought in reinforcements – their friends and neighbors – and created a support effort, now formally known as the DreamKeepers Project. “Our mission is to support, empower, and inspire women to improve the future for themselves and their children,” stated Pat.

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From left to right, Pat Konkle, CFO of DreamKeepers Project, Sandi Chenoweth, President, Pat Gregory, Co-Founder and Vice-President, Sandy Bertha, representing the “Marriott Daughters Foundation,” Felcia Early, Director of Child Development Center, Delores Moreno, FRC Program Manager, and Tray Thomason, VP of Mental Health Systems.

The DreamKeepers Project hosts annual events to continue to support women in need. Each Mother’s Day they have a Mother’s Day Appeal where they ask the community to support a particular project, and every October they invite their members and friends to a Membership Thank You/Chocolate Event. This year, they celebrated their tenth anniversary at their chocolate event. “It’s amazing for us to look back and see what DreamKeepers, with the support of the community, has done,” said Pat.

The organization will team up with Las Damas to put on the Fairbanks Ranch Showcase of Holiday Decorated Homes on Dec. 12. For more information visit www.dreamkeepersproject.org.