This week the Blog was written by Heather Stewart. When I was younger, I had many dreams. I wanted to be an actress, a marine biologist, an author. I wanted to see the places I read about in books. I wanted to do the things I saw in movies. As I grew older my dreams changed, but I still had dreams. I still have dreams. Most people know the feeling, the desire for accomplishment or discovery. Whatever the shape or size of the dream, having them unites us.
My name is Heather, and I’ve just begun working with the Arcadia Institute. Doing so is fulfilling one of my dreams: continuing to work with a non-profit group. And I think that the Arcadia Institute has a unique understanding of the power of dreams. Here at the Arcadia Institute, we work to fulfill them.
The first step is, of course, discovering the dream. Working one-on-one with Participants, letting them guide the conversation, it’s easy to discover that they want to learn how to play a guitar or take a painting class.
Knowing the dream, it’s time to reach out into the community. Sometimes it’s an individual; sometimes it’s an organization. We partner with others in our dream-making endeavor.
And when the dream becomes a reality – after a few guitar lessons or painting classes or dance or swimming or horseback riding or any other dream we can catch – we’ve done more than make a dream come true. We’ve created an opportunity for someone who did not have one, and enriched the lives of all involved.
Do you know someone with a dream? Are you a community organization that would like to help us make dreams come true? Through the Community Participation Initiative, we can help children and adults with disabilities participate in activities open to all citizens.
I hope you’ll join me. Together, we can make dreams come true!