Governance & Volunteering

Does the property qualify as property tax exempt like a church or health care facility?

Our organization officially became recognized as a registered charity/non-profit on February 25, 2020.

This allows the organization to issue tax-deductible receipts and fall underneath the property tax-exempt status.

How can I join the pilot team/steering committee

At the present, we are actively looking for more people to add to the team. We will be needing other professionals and experience in certain areas when it comes time to development, fundraising, program implementation and  so forth.  We do have several people in mind for certain positions, and we are praying for the right people to fill the other positions in the future. Please send your name/email/thoughts through our “contact us” tab.

How much government funding are you receiving?

Currently we are not receiving any funding. We will investigate all funding options that may be available both federally and provincially for operating and/or building projects.

Will Alberta Health Services be involved?

We plan on involving Alberta Health Services.  Our collaboration will streamline the recovery process for people and also enables us to learn from the expertise AHS can provide. We are looking forward to working with them.

What evidence-based treatment model are you planning to use?

Our partnership with the Calgary Dream Centre, and what they’ve managed to accomplish over the last 16 years, has been of great value to us to date.  With their tremendous support we plan to continue with the model they follow.

Have you thought about the effects on the surrounding businesses this will have? Temptations?

Great question! The answer is “yes.” We feel that with 20-40 individuals off the street every treatment cycle, the downtown core has the potential to have less people wandering around and causing mischief. In terms of temptation, the individuals receiving treatment will be dealing with and learning to address these issues during their days in the program.  The fact is, the people in the program will face temptation wherever they are situated.


Is the Dream Centre for Red Deer, Central Alberta or provincial?

Our focus will initially be for people in Red Deer, but our vision will include Central Alberta as well, helping as many individuals as possible.

Is there an opportunity to invest money into the Dream Centre? If yes, explain.

Potentially yes! Please send your contact info through our “contact us” tab, and share your thoughts on where you would like to invest and why. We would welcome your input!

How many staff/volunteers will you need on a daily basis?

We aren’t sure what our staffing model will look like in these initial stages, but once we have our program plan and staffing model determined, we will let everyone know.

Does the ownership group own other c-1 zoned property, not humanitarian or relief organizations?


What kind of recovery support is/will be offered?

There will be mental, housing and counselling support, for the initial days as well as support through the transitional housing phase, which could be six months to a couple years (if needed). The support will also incorporate life skills,  establishing community, re-introducing family and self-awareness skills.

Where do staff and clients park?

The lots at the rear (Gaetz Ave) are city owned and we’d ensure that if parking onsite wasn’t available, that we would accommodate any parking needs in the city lot(s).

Program & Location

Is there any sort of recovery program offered? For example, 12 steps?

Yes, there will be a full, proven program implemented to help with the recovery process.

What people group is the Centre geared toward (gender/demographic)?

The Centre will be able to facilitate either men or women, but not both at the same time. Initially, we will need to focus on treatment with one gender and, as soon as we’re able, create a plan for the other gender.  At this time we are unsure about what the timelines or funding will look like.

The question came up about gender identity/identifying as male or female etc. and whether or not that will be a consideration at all. We are moving forward with where the need is the greatest first, and will address the latter on an urgency-related/funding basis.

Is there funding to help people in treatment/after treatment to find jobs, housing, support?

There are various organizations out there that we will be in partnership with regarding the overall wellness and continued care of our clients. While it’s unclear as to the level of post-service we can provide at this time, there are affiliate organizations who we’ll be partnering with that offer these skills and services to the people in our program.

To what extent would the Dream Centre be involved with various mental health issues?

Mental health issues are a huge component to addictions and recovery. The recovery program used would help to assist in dealing with various mental health issues, as well, we will work closely with other amazing organizations such as Canadian Mental Health or Vantage Community Services, The Seed and others.

Why this location?

We really believe this area doesn’t need more bars/nightclubs/strip clubs to add to the issues at hand. We want to clean it up. We feel that injecting hope is the answer. Just a flicker of light in a dark room, brightens up the dark in a tangible and tremendous way. We want to bring the light to the area of greatest need!

This is the location that has become available, to which we believe will play a significant role in addictions recovery in Red Deer. It is an excellent location. It is in the downtown core where the issues are. Jim Moore said it best, “You need to go fishing where the fish are.”

How do you think this will impact Red Deer as a whole, or is this just another “money grab?”

We believe this will impact Red Deer in an extremely positive way, but more importantly, this will benefit the people of Red Deer in a significant way.  We are going to see people who are currently addicted to substances get their lives back…it is the people that matter. In turn, it has been identified by the majority of people in Red Deer that drug/alcohol recovery is a serious issue that needs attention. We are investing our time, energy and money into making a beautiful difference in families and in our community for the good of all.

Is this a money grab?

Since April 2018, the current monthly operating (utilities, taxes, maintenance) costs are in excess of $2,000/month. That’s not including the money that was used to purchase the building or the loss of interest income/revenue it would produce.

We were approached last year by an outside organization wanting to pay a 6-figure/ multi year lease, for another sports lounge location. We felt that Red Deer didn’t need another sports bar, but a place to heal and get whole.

The payback of this “dream” isn’t a monetary one. The real payback is when our Dream Team can all stand and applaud our first graduates, as they walk down the aisle in completion of their recovery program. That will be payment in full.

What is the success rate after treatment?

The Calgary Dream Centre has statistical data that indicate that over 85% of their clients, that make 6 months in their treatment recovery program, continue on in living in recovery.  That is amazing!

Are your services inclusive? Do clients have access to Indigenous liaisons? Ceremonial rituals, etc?

One of the greatest gifts we’ve all been given is the freedom to choose. The Dream Centre acknowledges that and will openly talk about that when it comes to the recovery program that we offer.

This is a residential alcohol and drug treatment/recovery centre, not a church. We are welcoming to all clients with all different backgrounds, races, belief systems, genders, etc and are more than willing to work with different cultures and rituals that are part of their cultures (i.e smudging).

The core values of the Red Deer Dream Centre are faith-based, which the Dream Centre is founded on and run by. That does not mean it is mandatory for clients to read the Bible, to pray or believe in God. If a client chooses to participate in their cultural ceremonies and their belief systems & rituals, we will do what we can to accommodate that.

How important is belief in a god to candidate/client(s) to completing the program?

Having a belief in God is not a specific requirement of being a candidate/client. It will be outlined as an integral part of the whole recovery process in a person’s life. There are physical, emotional & spiritual aspects of recovery that are major parts of the success of this program and each need to be addressed. No, we do not force candidates who do not believe in God, to believe in God.

If one was an atheist or agnostic can they work towards recovery in the Dream Centre?

 Yes, of course. Candidates would adhere to the values and processes that have been established within the structure of our program. If they choose not to have a belief system that streamlines with ours, that is fine. Part of being a “faith-based” organization is that, at it’s core operating values, they are just that…based on a faith. As such, the faith component relating to the individual is encouraged, but optional at the same time.


Working with the community of Safe Harbour, I’ve noticed a real lack of transitional advocacy. Someone exits detox only to find themselves in a parking lot with all the people they’ve used with and a safe injection centre at their fingertips. Will this new facility offer some kind of transitional advocacy?

Our vision is exactly what you are talking about! We are advocating the use of transitional help. The program will see attendees come straight from detox, into the program and then continue into transitional housing and training longer term. Long term can mean several years, not months and possibly away from the downtown core.


Is your approach strictly abstinence based or does it work with replacement therapies?

 We will work together with doctors and medical specialists with their recommendations to bring about the best result for each person. Physical abstinence, implementation of personal discipline, responsibility and wisdom is the goal, but we know that not all candidates are equipped to deal or handle their addictions in that capacity.

 Other treatment facilities that we’ve looked into models the use of Subloxone and other medications typically prescribed as part of the “best practices,” for medical assisted recovery/detox programs. The Red Deer Dream Centre plans on imitating some of these practices. 

 Addiction issues affect all areas of physical, emotional and spiritual parts of a person. Our candidates will learn replacement therapies such as replacing lies for the truth of who they are and the power over addiction that they can possess.


I have lost my son to an O.D. We’ve experienced different facilities/programs. Why this location?

Oh wow, we’re so sorry to hear this about your son. So many stories of loss and heartache. Thats why we’re doing this!

Your comments and advice are welcomed as we are eager to learn what works the best and what doesn’t work. As mentioned previously, the location is where we feel this Centre is needed most. We realize there will be temptation, there always will be for most. The idea isn’t to let people out the door a few steps to go get high again. It’s about re-engineering the brain into thinking differently. Giving tools to combat the “temptations”. Quite honestly, if someone is intent on finding trouble, it doesn’t matter where the location is…They’ll find it. We hope to help curb that!


My concern is something like this located in the downtown discourages business. Why downtown?

Can we ask you this – what discourages business more? Tripping over people, needles, stepping over or through excrement going into local businesses, individuals high & hallucinating, yelling or screaming at people? Or a new facility where no one is loitering around, using drugs, or standing in line for food/shelter? We think the answers are obvious.     


Would you be in favour of say, a dream centre recovery-style farm or ranch?

Great idea and yes! We believe this is a huge piece of the puzzle! Transitional housing could very well include a recovery-style farm/ranch. This concept has been suggested by many people over the years. There are lots of potential options in the future. If you have any property to donate like that or if  you know of a way to make this happen, let us know! It only takes time & money.


Who are you serving – yourself, landlord, personal gain?

We are offering a “serving service”, giving and helping folks who need help with addictions and life in recovery. Ultimately, this whole endeavour is about reaching the people and giving them hope to get back to them finding value in themselves and contributing to our society in a positive way.  That absolutely will serve both you, us and our community well! Does a landlord make money in having a tenant rent a space? Absolutely! From a business side, it wouldn’t make a lot of sense if a landlord lost money, would it?

We’d welcome you to come and join us as we serve others with the intention of bringing healing and hope to many. That’s enough of the personal gain for us anyway.


Do you use meds with your faith?

You bet! People that have a faith still use meds If you’re referring to medical detox with prescriptions like subloxone for example, as mentioned above, the answer is still yes, if it’s needed. We want to incorporate as much of the “abstinence” & “best practices”, procedures as we can. We will be modeling our program with a lot of the best practices out there.


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