Happy New Year!

Over the past year, we have made great strides.

Thanks to you and your support.

In 2016 Urban Dreams

  • Served over 750 in Substance abuse and mental health
  • Hosted 24 community events to connect and educate over 3000 friends
  • Created/strengthened partnerships with many local agencies
  • Continued the succession plan to a new ED

Substance abuse and mental health

In 2017 Urban Dreams’ substance abuse and mental health services are on track to help over 1000 individuals.

New for 2017:

  • Adding Sioux City to the OWI weekend diversion program
  • Offering substance abuse services at Central Iowa Shelter and Services

See more at: http://www.owischool.com/

Urban Dreams community connections
In 2017 Urban Dreams plans to connect over 3000 individuals through our events.

2017 schedule:

January
Martin Luther King, Jr. day observance event
February
Valentine’s day daughter dance
March
Hip-Hop house party
Easter egg hunt
Violence prevention neighborhood walk
April
8k and 3k road run/walk through the Northside
Outdoor movie and carnival
June
Community health fair
Violence prevention neighborhood walk
July
24-hour Police/Community Appreciation Buffet
August
Violence prevention walk
Babies Need Boxes community baby shower
September
3-on-3 basketball tournament
October
BBQ for Dreams
Trunk-or-treat
November
Turkey giveaway
December
Glad tithing market
Toy for Tots
Follow us on Facebook for up-to-date information on events: https://www.facebook.com/urbandreamsorg/
Partnership and programs
Urban Dreams has forged new and strengthened partnerships. Below are just a few:

Public Allies Iowa – http://www.publicallies.org/site/c.liKUL3PNLvF/b.8746121/k.BD6F/Iowa.htm
Internships
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Succession planning
Broadlawns
Internships
Babies Need Boxes – http://www.babiesneedboxes.org/
Administrative services
Tech Journey
Youth coding program
6th avenue narcotics anonymous (NA)
Meeting site
For more information visit our website at: https://urbandreams.org/
Succession planning
Urban Dreams officially announced Wayne Ford’s retirement in 2017.

Here is some press on the transition:

Wayne Ford to retire from Urban Dreams -http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/local/des-moines/2016/12/04/wayne-ford-retire-urban-dreams-nonprofit/94963590/
Ford retires – interview with Dave Price – http://whotv.com/2010/03/16/ford-retires/
Izaah Knox preparing to lead Urban Dreams (video) -http://www.desmoinesregister.com/videos/life/2016/12/25/izaah-knox-preparing-take-lead-urban-dreams/95845588/
For 30 years Urban Dreams had 1 leader, in 2017 that will change -http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/business/2016/12/28/izaah-knox-urban-dreams-wayne-ford-central-iowa-shelter-services/94215148/