Dreams Come True, Inc. was an all volunteer organization until 2008. The Board of Directors comprised of four officers and twelve directors-at-large are responsible for the entire operation of the organization. There is one paid employee who works out of their home.
The Board is governed by a set of Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation. We welcome new members to come join us at our meetings and events. The long term association of most members has provided a stable atmosphere and continuity.
A Little History
Dreams Come True, Inc. (DCT) was founded in 1982 by seven families in Denham Springs, LA with a goal of providing dreams to local area children with life-threatening illnesses. All funding was initially provided by those families. It was decided by this group that their work remain focused on the South Louisiana area, and years later, that vision still holds true. While many worthwhile organizations work toward a similar goal, Dreams Come True is proud to have one paid employee and to have expanded throughout the entire State of Louisiana. The group incorporated in 1982 as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization. The organization was envisioned, and still is considered, a local, home grown alternative to larger organizations of much broader boundaries that provide dreams and wishes to children. To reflect this, the name was changed in 2006 to Dreams Come True of Louisiana, Inc.
Where Do We Grant Dreams?
While most of the dream children reside in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas, dreams are granted to children living anywhere in the State of Louisiana. The volunteers will travel statewide to interview the children. The all-volunteer board has remained focused on this single goal with great success. Approximately 50 to 60 dreams are granted throughout the year.
Who Is Eligible for a Dream?
Please visit our "Refer a Child" if you feel someone you know qualifies.Children ages three through eighteen with a life-threatening illness who resides in Louisiana. Children between the ages of three and eighteen are eligible to receive a dream after the medical review board of Dreams Come True determines that the nature of their illness does qualify them as a recipient. Children who have had a dream granted by any other organization will not be considered.
Examples of Dreams Granted
- A Shopping Spree
- Musical Instruments
- Playground Equipment
- A Trip to Disney World
- Aboveground Swimming Pools
- Computers, TVs and Electronics
Things We Don't Do
- Pay off Debts
- Anything Illegal
- Purchase Motorized Equipment
- Pay for Living/Medical Expenses
Funding is provided by donations from individuals, businesses and several fundraising events throughout the year.