Dare to Dream Mentoring Program

The Dare to Dream Mentoring Program began in the Hi-Crest neighborhood through TRM’s NET Reach Program. Dare to Dream was later adapted for use with TRM guests. Currently there are more than 30 mentors ministering to guests at TRM, and about 20 more ministering in the HI-Crest area. Groups of two or more mentors and several participants (mentees) meet on a weekly basis, and we are privileged to see great progress being achieved by participants of the program.


Dare to Dream Mentors

Mentors are faith-based volunteers assigned to support and encourage participants who have successfully completed the Dare to Dream Participant Training. Mentors develop a relationship of trust and respect with the Dare to Dream graduates to provide consistent guidance and support.  They meet with their participants once a week and provide progress reports to the program director at the site where they are mentoring.

Dare to Dream Participants

Dare to Dream participants must first agree to take a training course and be involved in the process of addressing ten areas of needs that are the root causes to homelessness and generational poverty:

  • Transportation
  • Finance
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Spirituality
  • Health
  • Social
  • Family
  • Legal
  • Housing

The Dare to Dream program provides participants with a stable and caring team of mentors who offer guidance and support as they set their life plan goals and strive for personal and professional success. It’s an intentional effort to walk along side, not to fix the person or situation, but to offer hope, skills and encouragement along the way.

The goal is to equip participants with a faith-based mentor team and a strategy designed to achieve goals that will provide support and reduce the revolving door of homelessness.

“I hit rough times due to the choices I had made. I had to start from the bottom and I had to start crawling to the top again. I’m not quite there yet. I’m not the woman I want to be, but I’m definitely not the woman that I used to be.”- Jeanette{DARE TO DREAM GRADUATE}

“We were unaware of the needs of people in poverty. The “quick fixes” that we always thought should work we no longer believe. Mentoring gives us empathy for how their days are often lived from one crisis to the next crisis. Our hearts have been opened to needs that were inconceivable before – especially right here in our city.”- Judy{MENTOR}


Are you missing the BLESSING of paying it forward?


WE NEED MENTORS!   WAIT!…  We know what you might be thinking.

  1. I want to help someone less fortunate, but I do not know how.
    • You won’t be doing it alone.
    • It is a team effort, and we train you.
  2. How do I find someone that wants a mentor?
    • We have people both at the mission and in Hi-Crest who want a friend and mentor.
  3. I am not sure I am qualified.
    • God can use your talents and skills.
  4. I am too busy.
    • Six hours of training, one hour a week and an occasional text or phone call of encouragement is all it takes.
  5. I am afraid.
    • You will discover that God will richly bless you with your new relationship.