Begin to Dream Again was incorporated in the State of Massachusetts in January of 2016, and acquired its 501(c)3 status as a charitable organization in February of 2016. The organization was founded by Tanisha Salmon after a heart-wrenching experience from a canceled wedding. Just two weeks away from her big day, Tanisha received devastating news from her ex-fiancé that he was canceling the wedding. She was then left with a broken heart and a fully paid venue that could not be refunded.
As Tanisha considered what to do next she realized that every cloud had a silver lining and decided to use the wedding venue to host a fundraiser that would benefit approximately 200 homeless women. While planning the event, Tanisha began to gain insight into the overwhelming number of women living in poverty and who are struggling to overcome homelessness.
The event was a great success but, Tanisha could not stop there, she began to dream again. The need for help, support, and guidance for these women was far too great. This time around Tanisha’s dream was not an exotic honeymoon but instead, she dreamed of building a safe haven for women whose dreams had been shattered by drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships, and or homelessness.
Along with five other phenomenal women who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of women, Tanisha has been bringing her vision into fruition with Begin To Dream Again. The early success of the organization would not have been possible without our supporters and the dedicated team of board members who volunteer their time each day to make the dream possible.
We believe that with the continued support of community leaders and individuals who believe in our cause, we will be successful in our mission to promote women who have lost hope by restoring their dreams.
To assist homeless women who are victims of domestic violence and to increase the community's awareness of this pervasive problem.
Begin to Dream Again plans to address the issue of homelessness in Boston primarily for single women. Growing income inequality, lack of affordable housing, substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence are major contributors to a woman being homeless. We found that homeless women who have children have greater access to housing and resources than those that are single. Research data confirms that an average night shelter in Boston does not have enough beds to accommodate the growing numbers of homeless women. To this fact, we have focused our mission to provide support to homeless women who are single that are victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and poverty. Our vision is to build a transitional home to foster these women for a two-year period and provide programs to help with their self and professional development and to set them on a path to acquire long-term housing.