Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation, Inc. (“DreamCatchers”) is dedicated to fulfilling final Dreams of hospice patients through chapters run by youth in high school or college, emphasizing intergenerational connection in all aspects of its work. DreamCatchers serves youth, by providing an opportunity to learn & grow through intergenerational connection & entrepreneurship (they start & run their own chapters); and elderly hospice patients, who receive their final Dream & a chance to better understand younger generations, a rare interaction in many cases.
The DreamCatchers program was started as a volunteer program in conjunction with Hospice Care of the West, LLC. The program was the idea of Caitlin Crommett, a 15 year old sophomore at Tesoro High School in Orange County, California. Caitlin had the idea early in 2009 while watching the movie, “Patch Adams” during a scene in which Patch helped an elderly woman who was not eating. In the scene, she noted that she always wanted to jump into a pool of pasta….and Patch made that dream happen.
Caitlin attended the University of Notre Dame, and was able to travel the country expanding DreamCatchers during her time there thanks to the Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program at the University. Since graduating in 2015, Caitlin has continued expanding the organization nationwide; there are now almost 30 chapters in roughly 15 states across the US.
Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation.