A Dream Deferred Foundation was formed in September 2018. Our primary focus is to reduce the recidivism rate in the City of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. We want to ensure that each individual only serves their time once and believe everyone deserves a second chance.
We want to revolutionize the reentry process with innovative ideas that change the status quo. Our goal is to change the stigma associated with being incarcerated by implementing programs to develop returning citizens and fully integrate them with their community.
Our strategic approach focuses on the inclusion of all key stakeholders in reentry such as; returning citizens, community, families, law enforcement and state and governmental entities.
A Dream Deferred Foundation’s name concept came about after reading scripture in the Bible that resonated, Proverbs verse 13:12 which says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life”. Often times we dream or envision ourselves crossing the finish line or completing that goal; but sometimes we lose sight of our dreams due to our current circumstances and past.
A Dream Deferred Foundation's Motto is "A Dream Deferred is still a Dream" which means that no matter the circumstances, you can always change the trajectory of your life. We strongly believe in the empowerment of each individual!
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King, Jr
To uplift the community and assist families and individuals affected by mass incarceration. Our efforts support both re-entries into society as well as the workforce utilizing a holistic approach. We will empower the population many believe have fallen from grace, those who have been negatively affected by poverty and lack of resources in their communities.
An all-inclusive environment that provides returning citizens with the opportunity to restore their lives and fully integrate within their community. To fully prepare individuals to contribute to society and have a positive lasting impact on future generations.