Got Military Ball? We Can Help!

🇺🇸🏆The Dresses and Dream Project LOVES OUR MILITARY! If you will be attending a military ball and do not have a gown to wear, no worries! We can help! We have gowns, shoes, jewelry, resources, and referrals available to our local military families.

Please contact us with details at dressesanddreamsproject@gmail.com

We are located in Riverside County (Inland Empire), CA. Due to the challenges of formal dress sizing , recipient must be present for a proper fitting of gown. Unfortunately we cannot mail gowns.

Registration For Operation Prom Girl 2020 To Open On February 1

If you know you will be attending your prom this year and have a financial hardship or other challenging circumstance preventing you from getting a gown and other things you will need to make your prom dream a reality, please register here on February 1 for Operation Prom Girl 2020.

This year’s theme will be “Crowns and Pearls” and event will be held in the City of Menifee. All girls who need help who can commit to attending this event are welcome to register. If you have never had the opportunity to attend an Operation Prom Girl event, you’re in for a real treat. It is a full day event with inspirational speakers, fashion show, luncheon, music, workshops, prize giveaways and of course a free formal gown, shoes and more. Limited seating is available.

More details to come, keep checking back with us for updates. Until then, please enjoy some of our other workshops and events in the Inland Empire. We also provide community service hours for attending anything we have coming up, including volunteer meetings. Make sure you’re following us on Facebook or Instagram to stay in the loop!

Silent Auction, Dress Sale, and Chili Dinner Fundraiser-November 30!

The Dresses and Dreams Project In partnership with the City of Wildomar and the VFW who has been a long-time support of our organization, present our holiday fundraiser chili dinner, dress sale, and silent auction. Come by, get off your feet and relax, have chili and cornbread dinner, some music, dresses, and a very cool silent auction shopping opportunity after an exhausting day of Christmas crowds and challenging traffic! All happening from 2-5 at the VFW Post 1508, in Wildomar.

CROWNED- Mark Your Calendars For November 9!

The Dresses and Dreams Project in partnership with the City of Menifee invite girls ages 12 and up to CROWNED, crowns and and inspirational message, to mark the kickoff of an amazing holiday season. All happening at the Kay Cisneros Center in Menifee, you are invited to make and take a crown fit for royalty-YOU! Event is free to girls 12-17. Ages 18 and up a donation of $5.00 is suggested to cover materials. We will have a party dress sale for $5 and up, the new “Pearlify” pearl jewelry line debut, and a bake sale . Refreshments available for our guests. All proceeds help support the expenses of The Dresses and Dreams Project and their many opportunities for teen girls and women. This event is for girls ages 12 and up and women only .

Come enjoy this event and be filled with the Spirit and the true inspiration of the season . Mothers and daughters welcome .

Seeking Dress Drop Off Locations

We are seeking a few local businesses that would like to partner with the Dresses and Dreams Project and operate as a dress drop off location for gown donations. We have an average of 3-5 gown drop offs per month by individuals in the community. As prom season approaches, we may have more. Here’s how it works: you and your business are placed on our website and social media pages and advertised as one of our drop off locations. Individuals wanting to donate gown(s) swing by and drop off the dress. The plus? There is a good probability they will stick around and shop or get familiar with your business. And, you are forming a partnership with a local non-profit who offers a free program for teens with challenging circumstances! 😇 You just call us when you receive donation(s) and we come and pick up from you. That simple! If you are interested in becoming a drop off location, please contact dressesanddreamsproject@gmail.com

A Vision And A Dream

We will be having a vision/dream board workshop for teen girls, ages 14 and up, and women, in the Inland Empire at the Wildomar Library on September 14 from 11-1pm. Class will be facilitated by Robbie Motter who hosted a vision board class during our 2018 prom dress giveaway event and the teens that attended the gala said it was their favorite part of the day! Space is limited to 25 people and refreshments will be available. This is an excellent way for teens to begin the new school year. If you’ve never done a vision board or it’s been awhile, this workshop is a must! They are a lot of fun and you get to take them home to display in your home or office throughout the year. Best of all the class is free. We are seeking magazine donations for this workshop. To rsvp and be put on the guest list, please email dressesanddreamsproject@gmail.com or contact us here on this site .

Welcome To The Dresses and Dreams Project

We have recently changed our official non-profit organization’s name to The Dresses and Dreams Project. Formerly known as Operation Prom Girl, the annual dress program for teen girls with hardships and challenging circumstances, we agreed that a name change was just what we needed to convey to the public that we are so much more than just a dress.

How It Began

Founded in 2014, Our organization was born when a single mother and makeup artist for two decades had a vision to help a few girls get to prom who could not afford to do so. She was blessed a few years prior by someone who helped her own daughter attend prom and knew it was time to give back. Her experience as a makeup artist often led her to playing a “counseling” role when ladies, young or more mature, sat down in the makeup chair. They all had similar stories to tell. And many were hurt, scarred, and broken. Many stories had similarities. Only the faces had changed. As a trauma survivor herself, she knew how important it was to listen. And more importantly, for these women to heal.

Word quickly spread in the Inland Empire of her mission, and she used social media to solicit dress donations. Within a month, over 100 gowns were collected and within three months as early spring and prom time arrived, over 300 gowns were donated to this worthy cause. The first year, 18 girls were assisted and to date, over 1000 gowns have been given away at an annual event called Operation Prom Girl. These free events are truly more than just a gown giveaway. Attendees receive a full day’s itinerary including encouraging and powerful guest speakers, luncheon, resources and referrals, fashion show, hair and makeup workshop, vision boards, opportunity for college and career assistance, and on- site emergency assistance for those who may have emergent issues which would call for a counselor or trauma professional. In addition to their gown, they receive goody bags, shoes, gift certificates for services, jewelry and accessories, and raffle prizes. But it doesn’t stop there. Assistance is also provided to military women/balls, and special needs programs. In 2019 we were honored to provide dresses to a Tim Tebow ” Night To Shine” Prom for special needs teens in Temecula, CA.

A Year-Round Teen Girl and Women’s Collaborative

The name change opens a door for this 100% volunteer-run organization whose programs are free to vulnerable teen girls and women. We felt we were an organization that was associated only with prom season. The founder, Dawn Schultz, states, “Operation Prom Girl will still be very much part of the program. It’s here to stay. We have 1500 dresses and an annual event. And the beauty of the gown is where a girl might get a glimpse of the beauty she may not be able to see in herself initially. But we never want to just leave a girl in a dress with a full face of makeup, and have her believe that this is all there is to life. We want her to come face to face with the mirror and that reflection staring back at her when she is bare, real, and vulnerable, and learn to love who she is and what she sees. Beauty behind the mask.” We want these girls to get to know and love who they are as precious children of God and to help them learn and grow through a fun and nurturing environment, laughter, self-care , learning what healthy relationships look like, and what they’re not, and providing opportunities for healing at a foundational level so they can sever the roots that may hinder or destroy their ability to be all they can be, make healthy decisions, and flourish in life with integrity. I know their stories because I’ve lived it. That girl was ME. And I want to be to our clients who I needed when I was trying to find my way.”

For this reason, The Dresses and Dreams Project will offer classes, activities, resources, and referrals year-round by collaborating with teens and women in our community that can benefit from the empowerment of healthy lifestyle, life skills, counseling services, mentorship, and more. Dawn concludes by saying , “It has always been part of the vision. The door is now opening for us to implement what we have always conveyed and stood for. And what was part of our mission and vision statement, our own dream. We have some incredible volunteers and others on board that are now collaborating for a cause. It’s really a beautiful thing.”

Please do that it’s possible to break vicious cycles of family dysfunction and traumas that lead to unhealthy behaviors that can manifest as addiction, unhealthy lifestyles, fill in the blank, the list goes on. And long-term, when the cycle is broken, these young women who will eventually bear children, can pass the goodness on to their own daughters and sons. We want to have a positive effect on individuals so we can affect future generations and the world, one soul at a time!

For more information on our program, please email us at dressesanddreamsproject@gmail.com

Event Volunteer Invite

If you are in the Riverside County area and would like to volunteer with the Operation Prom Girl sisterhood, please fill out a volunteer form and like us in Facebook for streaming updates and information. Here is our February volunteer meeting flyer, monthly event planning meetings are mandatory if you will be working our 2019 “A Cinderella Story” dress giveaway event. We would love to meet you and share this exciting journey as Operation Prom Girl continues to grow!

2019 Sponsorship Opportunities

For the first time, Operation Prom Girl has opened up an opportunity to participate in supporting our mission and our annual event by sponsorship. By forming a partnership with us, we all are winners! OPG is 100% volunteer-run and our annual dress event is always free of charge to high school girls with hardships and special circumstances . We expect Operation Prom Girl 2019~ A Cinderella Story~ to be our biggest event to date. We are blessed to be supported so that we can meet the needs of the event. It is so much more than a dress, it’s an experience….

There are several different ways to sponsor. We currently accept PayPal at http://www.paypal.me/operationpromgirlOPG, or check. We have provided details on the snapshot below.

Registration For Operation Prom Girl 2019~A Cinderella Story Begins On February 1! Free Admission For A New Pair Of Socks!

Operation Prom Girl 2019 will be held on April 13, 2019 at Lakeside High School in the Inland Valley Empire of Riverside County. Any high school girl who has some type of hardship or special circumstance can qualify to attend our big event by filling out the form we will have available at this website when registration opens on February 1. This year we ask that our guests donate one or more pair of socks at the door to attend event. It’s a great way to encourage a pay it forward attitude and to be blessed by giving. Socks will be distributed to homeless through the new Socks4Souls Ministry.

This year’s event will feature a luncheon and dessert, amazing guest speakers, a fashion show, hair and makeup segment, prizes, community resources and guests, and of course a free prom gown and much more.

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