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 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.
Portrait of Hope Award
Portrait of Hope Award
- The prestigious ‘Portrait of Hope Award’ received from Hour Detroit Magazine in August 2001.
First Chapter – Indiana
- The First Chapter of the Suite Dreams Project charity was established in Indianapolis, IN in January 2002 by Lori Robbins.
Permanent Public Status
Permanent Public Charity Status
- The Suite Dreams Project was awarded permanent public charity status by IRS in June 2007.
- We had out first Designer Show House fundraiser held in 2002. It was an amazing event held at a $3.5 million estate in Oakland Township, MI, which all the proceeds were donated to the Suite Dreams Project.
- We created a healing environment for the Women’s Survival Center, in the Daycare Center.
- Our second Show House Event was in 2004 at Waterfall Hill in Birmingham, MI. The Gala was to support all programs of the Suite Dreams Project.
- The first ever “Xtreme Dream” home makeover was in 2004 and took place in Detroit, MI. This special project was for a single mom with four sick children. This was the first time they finally owned a home after 17 years in different shelters.
- In 2006, the second “Xtreme Dream” home makeover occured for child with Cystic Fibrosis. This family was in dire need of a clean and healthy home environment.
- Healing Environment created in local Ronald McDonald House.
- Partnered with Grace Centers of Hope to create Foster Care Homes.
- Turning Point Shelter received a healing space for Victims of Domestic Violence.
- Care House for Teens received a remodel from the Suite Dreams Project.
- Creative Center completed for Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Beaumont HOPE Center.
- Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak received a Summer of Dreams Baseball Field Renovation.
- Healing Environment completed in the Pediatric Unit at Crittenton Hospital.
- Pulmonary Unit Project created at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
- Pediatric Cancer Center at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital received an update.
- Serenity Room completed for parents of children in the Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
- Henry Ford Hospital in the Pediatric Ward received murals and artwork.
- Bereavement Room at Hutzel Hospital currently underway.
- Plans are in the works for a Healing Environment in the Pediatric Unit at the St. John’s Hospital.
- Our Design Board is in the first stages for the Kids Kicking Cancer facilities in Detroit.
- We are continuing to expand our outreach in Michigan, for Healing Environments in many homes of seriously ill children.
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!
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.
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.
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.