Dresses For Heroes

Through our Dresses For Heroes program, this year’s military ball dress giveaway served 59 military women and wives who were in need of assistance to attend their military balls or other events. We were also happy to connect some of these ladies with other types of resources and referrals to make life a little brighter for those who serve our country. The Dresses and Dreams Project honors and respects those who serve and are grateful for their service.

Operation Prom Girl 2022~ DIGNIFIED- A Beautiful Story

All-day event included modest fashion show and concluded with gown giveaway

In its 9th event year, Operation Prom Girl 2022 was a huge success and many girls were blessed with a full day of enrichment. This year’s theme, DIGNIFIED, was the focus, resulting in attendees understanding its definition and learning of their own inherent worth and value. Operation Prom Girl is available in early spring each year to girls who are experiencing any type of hardship or challenging circumstance. The program is free of charge and each girl leaves with a gown, goodie bags and prizes, but more rewarding, she leaves with a full heart knowing that she is loved, supported, and valued. Resources and advocacy are available onsite in case a girl is experiencing a challenge or hurdle in her life that keeps her from moving forward into her purpose. Many girls just need guidance or direction. We are thankful to the various resources we partner with that offer professionals who advocate for real-life subjects that teens and others are experiencing. Some of these include domestic violence, pro-life pregnancy support, educational/career, spiritual matters, bullying, healthy relationships, addiction, and mental health support. Though The Dresses and Dreams Project primarily serves the Inland Empire, anyone is welcome to apply for a ticket to the free event and formal gown giveaway. Teens as far as Victorville, CA were served at this event which also featured a luncheon and guest speakers amidst a beautiful crowns with rose gold and creme-decorated venue at Elevation Church in Menifee. The Dresses and Dreams Project is 100% volunteer-staffed; to financially support our organization please contact dressesanddreamsproject@gmail.com or visit https://thedressesanddreamsproject.org/donations/ on this website.

Yes to the dress! Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
Pretty decor and themes makes the guests feel special
Over 800 gowns on site- grand finale is the gown selection. Graduates and prom attendees can choose their perfect dress. Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
Menifee Police Department supports our program and this breaks down barriers between teens and law enforcement . Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
Dignified Fashion Show- Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
It takes many volunteers to serve at The Dresses and Dreams Project. We love our volunteers. Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
Prayer is offered to anyone who wants to come forward.
Yes to the dress! Look at that smile! Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
Founder, Dawn Schultz, with some of the clients
Decor was provided by Catherine Walsh who did an awesome job in creating in alignment with the founder’s vision. Photos by Candace Gordon Photography
We’ve outgrown the venue!
Clients requesting prayer for the circumstances they face
Our human trafficking speaker, Professor Nancy Aguirre, also has Administration of Justice educational opportunities and coaching for clients who want to move into a career in crime intelligence analyst, law enforcement, Fire or dispatch. Photos by Candace Gordon Photography

Operation Prom Girl Is Rolling Into Town!

Our 8th Annual Operation Prom Girl event is happening again this year in the Inland Empire, Riverside County area of Southern California. This year’s theme is “ Dignified” . More than just a dress, this is a full day for teens only and features a luncheon. sweet treats, fashion show, and powerful speakers that bring hope and encouragement. We have resources onsite to help with college or career education, as well as support and advocacy for issues like human trafficking awareness, domestic violence, healthy relationships, teen pregnancy and addiction and suicide prevention. The highlight of the event is our free prom dresses, accessories, prizes, and each girl leaves with a swag bag full of goodies. This event is free to any girl experiencing a hardship or challenging circumstance and it is our goal to assist these girls with finding their purpose, knowing their value and dignity, and living life to their full potential. Register here on this site: https://thedressesanddreamsproject.org/application-to-receive-a-dress/

Gamechanger Series Presents “ Human Trafficking Power Hour” With Nancy Aguirre

Our Gamechanger Series of classes and workshops takes us through a year of tackling real and raw life subjects plaguing our youth and communities by providing a safe forum where one can not only educate themselves, but reach out for help if they are being victimized. Our next class will be Human Trafficking – on Saturday, March 26 at 10am- 11am on zoom .

It’s in your schools, on your social media, and in our own backyards. Worldwide, the US is # 1 in child/human trafficking , a ruthless crime fueled by greed, power and sadistic desires and addictions. This class is a must for youth, parents, and adults featuring special guest, Nancy Aguirre, who is a crime prevention analyst specializing in the area of human trafficking. She worked for many years with Riverside County’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and the nonprofit organization Million Kids. She is also a professor in the Administration of Justice Department at Riverside Community College, teaching Crime and Intelligence Analyst Administration of Justice classes. Any high school student in attendance will receive two community service hours for participation. Ages 14 and up may attend. #gamechangerseries #dressesanddreamsproject #humantrafficking #morethanjustadress

Volunteers Meeting A Hit

Volunteers sign up for a team of their choice to work the Operation Prom Girl 2022 event, a program for teen girls who are graduating or going to prom

The Dresses and Dreams Project is a fully volunteer operated nonprofit organization. Our volunteer meetings are beginning to wrap up for Operation Prom Girl 2022. We still need committed volunteers and dedicated team leaders! This year’s theme is “Dignified” and teens who volunteer with us will be guaranteed an event ticket as well as first choice in dresses!

At the end of February, we met at Starbucks in Wildomar to hear about the mission and vision of Dresses and Dreams Project, a personal testimony of hope from the founder, as well as an opportunity to sign up for event volunteerism. Our next meeting is on March 19 at the event venue, Elevation Church in Menifee. Anyone interested in volunteering should be able to commit to attend the next two meetings leading up to event as no volunteers can be accepted as walk-ins on day of event. Please fill out voluntrer form on this site to get started.

A Big Thank You To Our 2021 Partners~ Who Is With Us For 2022?

Walmart Supercenters, Temecula

We are so grateful for those who stepped in and supported the mission and vision of The Dresses and Dreams Project in 2021. We are a small and mighty 501c3 nonprofit organization that is 100% volunteer staffed and we depend on our communities to continue serving teens and women with hardships and difficult circumstances . Because of you, and with thanks to God, we were able to keep our doors open and hold Operation Grad Girl 2021, where approximately 75 girls were hosted and received prom and grad dresses, implement the new Dresses For Heroes program where 700 formal gowns were donated to Camp Pendleton and Operation Deploy Your Dress, and feature our Gamechanger Series- real talk and resources on real life matters affecting our youth and culture. Thank you again to our supporters. We pray we will continue building relationships and help significantly change lives in our communities again in 2021, through the power of a dress. Here are some of those who supported us:

Walmart, Temecula
Sam’s Club, Murrieta
Target, Temecula and Murrieta
Ranch RV and Self- Storage
Kohl’s Murrieta
Camille Rosales, UHAUL Wildomar and Temecula
Ryan Ramirez, Hawkguard Insurance, Temecula
Bridgette Moore, Wildomar

Operation Prom Girl 2022~ “ Dignified”

We are happy to announce our annual event for teen girls coming up in April! As always this day event is free to those with a hardship or difficult circumstance. Applications open up on February 14- that’s right-Valentine’s Day!! Seating is limited and no gowns will be distributed prior to or after the event, so mark your calendar to apply. Itinerary includes a luncheon and sweet treats, resource tables, motivating and inspiring speakers and atmosphere, fashion show and dress giveaway. All in attendance will receive goodie bags and there will be giveaways throughout the day. To financially sponsor this wonderful program in its 9th year, please contact dressesanddreamsproject@ gmail.com.

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