2023 Community Spotlight Award

Dr. Teresa Smith – Dreams for Change

Dr. Teresa Smith started Dreams for Change to help families living in their cars following the 2008 financial collapse. The organization has expanded its services to help address other pressing needs including food security, employment training, and financial education and coaching.  

A true force of positive change in the community, Dreams for Change is working to directly confront the systematic nature of poverty. It has pioneered countless cost-effective interventions that stabilize the lives of thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness and other low-income individuals. 

Since its founding in 2009, the nonprofit has helped more than 33,000 people and gotten more than $75 million in tax refunds back to families.