Monday, March 18, 2024

The Chaplain of Oakland

Our Director and super active Dream Team member, Diane Button is having a BIG BIRTHDAY!!  And, we ALL want to help her CELEBRATE! For her 65th birthday, in lieu of gifts, she is asking friends and family to help support the underserved and marginalized populations who may not have access to the same medical services that most of us are privileged to enjoy! 


Thanks to all of you, Dream of a Better World already supports individual clients directly by purchasing medical supplies, food, comfort supplies, final
wishes, and memorial expenses.  Diane's birthday wish is for us to support the non-profit production efforts of a film featuring Chaplain Betty Clark and Dr. Jessica Zitter about the disparities in our healthcare system.


The film is called “The Chaplain of Oakland” and the trailer below will give you a glimpse into the work they are doing. These trailblazing women are working tirelessly to change the way poor and underserved people die in America. This tugs at Diane’s heart strings and we all hope you will join her in supporting this worthy cause. 

You can watch the trailer here: The Chaplain of Oakland - trailer


                     DONATE - The Chaplain of Oakland

If you want to know more about Diane’s doula group, you can visit their end-of-life doula website here:  


                           End of Life Doula Alliance



Saturday, March 2, 2024

Casa Hogar Nueva Vida!

Hola Amigos!

We are just back from a month with our friends at Casa Hogar Nueva Vida, which means House and Home of New Life."  It has been a truly eventful trip in which we have gotten to know them much better.  We have also developed a few additional relationships with local volunteers there that have great skill and desire to join us in and help bring this orphanage back to life. 

There are 12 happy, healthy children ranging from 5 to 17 years old and they too are willing to repair, clean, paint and pitch in where ever needed.  The woman in charge, Ami, is just 30 years old and she grew up in this orphanage.  She knows what it takes to keep these kids in school and feeling loved and cared for.  But she was in desperate need of guidance and help with the building itself.  




The building needs maintenance and repair nearly everywhere.  When we arrived, 5 of the 6 bathrooms were NOT working! Can you imagine?

The electrical was barely working and the floors, the ceilings, the roof and the kids beds and furniture were in desperate need of attention. 

Thanks to your generous donations, by the time we left, all of the bathrooms had working sinks, toilets and drains.  And, about half of the electrical was back and working.  Here are some photos of the work, the volunteers and the kids!

Thank you ALL!