Ronda's Dream Center

Ronda's Dream Center

United States
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Ronda’s Dream Center will provide a creative and stimulating visual environment for the developmentally disabled residents at Fairview Developmental Center. The Dream Center will consist of the Create room and Explore room. Imagery will be projected on four walls, simulating an immersive experience with interactive software and audio capabilities.    

 

 

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

At present, there is not a high-tech visual outlet for the developmentally disabled community or the residents at Fairview Developmental Center. The Dream Center wishes to change that!
About You
Organization:
Ronda's Dream Center
Section 1: About You
First Name

Julia

Last Name

Cohen

Country
Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name

Ronda's Dream Center

Organization Phone
Organization Address
Organization Country
Your idea
Country your work focuses on
Innovation
What makes your idea unique?

Currently, there is not a high-tech visual therapy outlet for the residents at Fairview Developmental Center, the Dream Center will be able to serve as such a resource.

Do you have a patent for this idea?

Impact
What impact have you had?

Thus far the Dream Center has raised awareness and some funding for the completion of the project. As far as impact, we are sure of the benefits visual imagery and creative expression had on Ronda, a developmentally disabled individual for whom the Dream Center is named.

Actions

We are currently fundraising and establishing awareness for the Dream Center. We have partners with like-minded organizations, business and individuals who provide support to the developmentally disabled community.

Results

Our goal is to accomplish the mission of Ronda’s Dream Center, which is to enrich and improve the quality of life of the developmentally disabled community through a creative visual therapy center. Our main objectives are to improve mental health through art and recreational therapy, provide an effective new tool for the Fairview staff, foster family connections and community involvement, and to nurture creative growth. Due to the pilot nature of this project, many of our goals and objectives are not immediately measurable, though we are confident that this project will bring positive outcomes.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Once open, in our first year we wish to service primary the residents at Fairview Developmental Center. In our second year, we hope to open to the community and invite the developmentally disabled community outside of Fairview to experience the Dream Center. Finally in our third year and moving forward we wish to have a fully functional program where residents of Fairview and community members can all enjoy and benefit from the Dream Center.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

We hope that numerous individuals would be able to benefit from the Dream Center, however, the only main issue that could hinder the Dream Center's would be the closure of Fairview Developmental Center, a state facility.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?
Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Yes

If yes, provide organization name.

Fairview Families and Friends, Inc.

How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Yes

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Approximately 150 words left (1200 characters).

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

Approximately 300 words left (2400 characters).

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

Adrianne Cohen (founder of Ronda's Dream Center) envisioned a place where individuals like her daughter Ronda could go and experience a stimulating visual environment. Ronda, a resident at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa, California, responded positively to visual movements such as trees blowing in the wind and the colors of the sunset. Like many residents at Fairview, Ronda suffered from a disability that made enjoying many visual wonders difficult and often unreachable. The staff and doctors at Fairview make every effort to expose the residents to the outside environment, however the implementation of the Dream Center will provide endless tools and resources to better the lives of the residents.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

Many individuals have contributed to the idea for Ronda's Dream Center, identifying just one person would be impossible. Ronda, who the Dream Center is named for, is the inspiration for this project.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company
randomness