Blog Post – by Louise Grant:

We invite each incarcerated Dreamweaver to write on a piece of paper a personal life dream that she then cuts into pieces and weaves directly into the purse she is creating.  A separate dream for each purse.  One dream may be about recovery, or motherhood.  It might be focused on education, career or greater self-love.  The women often read the dreams aloud in our class-like setting.  It’s always emotional hearing these heart-felt desires as they trickle to the surface of what usually feels like deep brokenness in the hearts of these women.

The dreams have touched my hearts, without question.  I think of snapshots of some of the captured dreams:

Jaime’s:  My dream is to one day stop running, be still, and finally appreciate the beauty all around me…

Ciara’s: My dream is to not be so angry at the world.  I’ve been abused, used, torn down.  I’m ready to be happy and not worry about the world behind me.  I dream that one day when I have children that I won’t give them the broken part of me, the angry part of me…

Brandy’s: I want to be the best momma I can be.  I dream of living a simple, yet healthy and meaningful life.  I want to help others and show my daughter that life is worth living for and with God’s grace and love anything is possible…

Shanaya’s: What I want the most is self-love.  I want to love myself more than I love anyone else.  I want to be selfish when it comes to happiness, success, greatness, loyalty, honesty, forgiveness, trustworthiness and being the best Me I can be…

Velda’s: My dream is to be able to accept and deal with the grief and pain due to the loss of my daughter.  My goal is to someday live in peace again…

And Francis shared with us a beautiful dream about staying clean and sober and becoming a traveling chef.  And, it meant so much to our DreamWeave team to read how DreamWeave has positively impacted Francis on her new dream-quest.  I’m happy to share the entirety of her dream with you:

“My name is Francis.  I’m a 48-year-old black female, 5’ 7”, brown eyes and a white patch in the middle of my dark hair.  I’m a sister, a mother of a son, whom my mother raised. I was molested by a family member and had his child and a cocaine addiction followed that issue.  I’m currently incarcerated for my first and last DUI.  Since incarcerated, I’ve become a new member of a program called DreamWeave.  It’s so inspirational.  It’s encouraged me to seek help while I’m here.  Try something new and positive, be patient, have faith, believe in myself.  Recently I signed up for Anger Management, Life Skills, Thinking for a Change.  Also I attend church and Bible studies.  I’m currently assigned to kitchen work doing what I enjoy – preparing and serving food.  Outside of jail I’ve had employment in food service, landscaping, housekeeping, warehouses and different temp services.  Since I’ve signed up for DreamWeave, I’ve had the opportunity to work with women and listen to women’s stories, just like mine.  I’m a recovering addict.  Being addicted to crack cocaine has had me all over the place.  I’ve been beaten, raped, homeless, hungry.  I’ve even contemplated killing myself at one point in my life.  But God has been an on-time God.  The DreamWeave class has built my self-esteem, taught me self-worth and to know my value and do not let anything, anyone or life on life’s terms devalue me.  My life is worth saving today.  I dream to one day be a traveling chef.  Go to culinary school.  Get a job in a 5-star kitchen to get the hands-on training to earn money to support my dream.  While learning I would like to create my own signature dish entitled Tropical Passion Fruit Salad.  I dream to go on the Chew and then to the Ellen show with my dish as I work part-time and go to school.  I hope you’ll like my purse and want to support my dream.  We know dreams do come true because here I am, a part of someone else’s dream.  And it’s such a great feeling.  So come journey with me and feast on some Tropical Passion Fruit Salad as “We” live our dream.  My dream and your dream of believing in someone’s dream coming true.  Thanks for supporting DreamWeave, a class that helps you take your life back and gives you the freedom to dream.  Francis”

When we keep dreaming, it lifts us to higher ground.  My dream is to see these incarcerated women – and all women in brokenness – feel the radiance of their own inner beauty and worthiness, so that they may begin to accept responsibility for their actions, right any wrongs, forgive themselves and others, and move into a life of ease and peace.

 

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