The Suite Dreams Project is a unique program of the General Sports Foundation, a Michigan 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Rochester, Michigan. With over a decade of work and service in the lives of sick children, there are several milestones that show us at our very best. Explore what we have done in the past, what we have going on now, and what we hope to accomplish in the future.
The History of the Suite Dreams Project
The Suite Dreams Project was launched in January 2001 by Kris Appleby and Kay Ponicall.
We celebrated our 10th anniversary at the first ever Shoetini in May 2010 at The Townsend Hotel.
Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture has generously donated 50 bedrooms and still counting to the Suite Dreams Project over the years! Without Art Van Furniture’s generosity and support we would not be able to accomplish our mission of renovating bedrooms for chronically ill children all over Michigan. We can not thank Art Van Furniture enough and we are so grateful for the partnership!
63rd Annual Rochester Christmas Parade
Beds by Design
Beds by Design, which just opened a Rochester location in July, is working with the agency by donating mattresses. Now through the end of the month BBD is donating a twin mattress to Suite Dreams for every mattress sale it makes. BBD handcrafts mattresses that are ideal for children with special needs, according to BBD owner Rory Karpathian.
In the News
Furniture Delivery for DFD
The Suite Dreams Project organized the $11,872.00 donations from generous people who wanted to help this great cause. We paid a visit to Gardner-White and they matched the donations dollar for dollar to help the Detroit fire fighters and medics. Then we went with Ronnie Dahl from Channel 7 Action News and took brand new furniture, couches, reclining chairs and televisions from Gardner- White to the fire stations in Detroit. We loved helping out and wanted to just say “thank you” for all that the Detroit fire fighters and medics do for the city.
House of Providence
The House of Providence is a therapeutic home for minors who are wards of the State of Michigan and who find themselves languishing without a prospect of adoption. They provide vital ministry to children in need of intervention and support services. As a result of the direct care and individual attention given, these youths will grow into whole, independent and successful adults realizing the potential that God has destined for them. Most importantly, they will become part of a family that will provide a permanent support system, perhaps for the first time ever.
At the 2014 Hats Off Luncheon we chose The House of Providence to be our “Call to Action” and raised money to build a Boy’s Home since they already have a Girls’s Home. Once Maggie and Jay Dunn find a house in Detroit for this project, the SDP will then use all of the money we raised to redo the inside of the house. If you would like to donate to this cause, please go to “Giving” and write in the comment box, for your generous donation to go to the Boy’s Home. We would love to have volunteers for this project as well. Please email laurensdreams.org if you are interested in volunteering for The House of Providence project.
Hope Dorm Project
In May 2013 we raised $60,000 to build a “Hope Dorm” in Kenya, Africa for so many young girls who were saved from a life that was headed towards poverty, hardship and hopelessness.