Bring On Your Dreams transforms the lives of women in challenging life situations, many who are living with HIV/AIDS, by providing emergency assistance and supportive services while fostering a sense of hope for the future.
We dream of a world where women in challenging life situations especially those living with HIV/AIDS, have all barriers removed that limit the ability to live healthy productive lives with dignity. We are committed to seeking systemic solutions to the root causes of human rights and socioeconomic injustices while helping to achieve ultimate wellness which includes physical, spiritual and emotional wellbeing; safe and affordable housing; access to quality healthcare; educational opportunities; economic justice; freedom from violence and freedom from stigma.
Michele grew up in conditions of unthinkable poverty, sole daughter of a single mother who once paid $12 a month to rent a home without a bathroom, kitchen or running water.
Another house didn’t have electricity. Another house burned down, forcing them to live in a borrowed camper for more than six months. That experience gave Michele a rare insight into the impact of homelessness on the human spirit.
At the young age of 19, she married a man who became abusive. And then came the night that almost ended her life. A man who said he was her husband’s friend offered her a ride home. But instead he took her to a secluded place and raped her.
Michele was left with HIV/AIDS.
Several years later--now a mother with three children--she was told she only had a few months to live. So she moved to Rochester to spend her final days with her father. At the time, her immune system was operating at 2%.
With the help of an expert care team in the Rochester area, she survived. And then she saw a movie called Last Holiday starring Queen Latifah. It was about a woman who wrote down her dreams in a scrapbook. Despite many challenges, she went on to fulfill every one.
That story inspired Michele to create her own scrapbook of dreams. She would earn college degrees. She would own a car and a home. She would find a way to give back to the community. And someday she would start her own nonprofit to help women who face terrible challenges achieve their dreams.
But these dreams were just the starting point. She also developed a plan to achieve each dream by taking one small step at a time.
And that’s how she earned her Associates degree. With distinction. Then her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Magna cum laude. Then her Master’s degree in Public Administration. And she didn’t stop there.
Now, a decade after that critical turning point, she’s Chair of the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS, Chair of the Governance Committee of the Jordan Health Center, the organizer of an annual resource fair for people living with HIV/AIDS since 2012, a quality management trainer for the AIDS Institute for New York State, recipient of a scholarship to an international HIV/AIDS conference in South Africa…and the founder of a nonprofit called Bring On Your Dreams.
“Some people have had such difficult lives that they don’t know how to dream anymore,” she says. “They’ve given up. And even though we provide a lot of community resources for people who struggle with poverty and illness, we sometimes forget about helping them really believe they can achieve a better future.
“I hope my life story and the efforts of our new organization will help hundreds of women in Rochester bring on their dreams. In fact, it’s one of my most important dreams to empower them to do just that.”
Michele Boyd, MPA, BSW
S. Jasmin Brown, BS
Sara Harrington, MSW
Keisha Burton, MBA
Janice Harbin, DDS
Melissa Sydor-Kaufmann, LCSW-R
Twanda Brown, BSW
Jacqueline Dozier, BS
Raquel Martinez-Calleri, LCSW
Demina Stewart , RN
To expand our impact, we offer other services to touch the lives of hundreds of poor women in our community, many of whom also face the daily challenges of living with HIV/AIDS.
In the future, we plan to offer services to help our clients’ children and family members as well.
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