Sweet Dreams Shelter



Since opening in 2001, our Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter has helped thousands of homeless women and children. Unfortunately, this vulnerable population has increased over the years, and to meet this growing demand, construction is under way on a new addition that will double our bed capacity from 36 to 72. The expanded facility is scheduled to open before Christmas.

Our shelter is more than just a home.  It is also the first step toward a brighter future. Children like Precious, Libby, Annie, Al, and Herman have had difficult lives, and their needs are very simple – love and security. But we want to give all of the children one more thing: that intangible and priceless thing called hope. It can put a smile on a child’s face and help them forget about the nightmare of homelessness.

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This beautiful little girl is pointing to a special place in our community, a place where hope lives – our Bishop Ott Sweet Dreams Shelter.  For her, this was home for a short time.  Calling a shelter home has to be difficult, but a young child once said that our shelter seemed like heaven to her.  It is, compared to the streets.  That’s where many of the women and children we serve come from – straight from the streets – or if they’re lucky, from sleeping in their cars.  Our newly expanded shelter will allow us to say “yes” to so many more who are facing the nightmare of homelessness. They need your help more than ever before.



Below is a Sweet Dreams prayer, and that’s our first request to you – to print it out and pray!  We can’t do this work without prayers.  Another thing we can’t do without is resources, so please consider making a financial gift.  Please go to the Donate button and make a Sweet Dreams financial donation.  If you can’t afford to give at this time, please pray for the homeless and remember to give when you can.

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Lord God, Giver of Life,

Fill us with your Spirit.

Use our hands to shelter the homeless;

Use our hearts to enable sweet dreams;

Use our voices to end homelessness.

May our actions improve life for others

And reflect your abundant love.

Through Christ our Lord, AMEN.

- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul | Serving our Community Since 1865