Laurie Hagen McConkey Founder & Executive Director at Dream Bigger.

Everyone Has a Dream

Everyone has a dream. For many of us our dream is simply to have a safe place to call home, to be loved and to be safe.

I am nominating Dream Bigger because I too was one of these statistics. And I know these aren't just numbers, but each number here has a face, a heart and a dream. Each person has the desire for a hope and a future, but many of us have no idea where to start. Because of the help my family received during our struggle to be free of Domestic Violence, I am no longer a product of Child Abuse, but I am now a healthy, flourishing woman with a bright future.

According to the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney: There are 1,500 shelters for battered women in the United States. There are 3,800 animal shelters. (Schneider, 1990).

Three to four million women in the United States are beaten in their homes each year by their husbands, ex-husbands, or male lovers. ("Women and Violence," Hearings before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, August 29 and December 11, 1990, Senate Hearing 101-939, pt. 1, p. 12.)

One woman is beaten by her husband or partner every 15 seconds in the United States. (Uniform Crime Reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1991).

It doesn't have to be this way. The good news is that there are organizations like Dream Bigger that are stepping up to fill this need.

Specifically Dream Bigger does this by being committed to preventing violence against women & children through advocacy, financial, educational & career coaching, connection to current community services through resourcing & networking, the creation & development of new innovative services and some very serious community awareness!

One of the practical ways they do this is with their Safe Home Project. This project helps women who are about to face foreclosure fill the financial gap so that they may remain in their homes. This is essential as 75% of our homeless are women and children escaping domestic violence.

Everyone has a dream in their heart and Dream Bigger exists to see those dreams come to fruition.

"Dream Bigger helped me find resources in my community that I didn't know existed, helped me see I wasn't alone, provided a support network that developed into lifetime friendships & paid for me to attend advocacy trainings so I can be a support to other women myself. My future is filled with much more hope now". -A Thankful Mom With Young Kids. www.DreamBigger.info

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Laurie Hagen McConkey says ... on Wednesday, Feb 8 at 8:24 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger! :)

Glenda Staten says ... on Thursday, Feb 9 at 10:40 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

KM says ... on Thursday, Feb 9 at 12:40 PM

I vote for DreamBigger!!!!

Marie Kvam says ... on Friday, Feb 10 at 10:06 AM

I vote dream bigger!!

Joey Daniel says ... on Friday, Feb 10 at 10:48 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!!

Connor Jones says ... on Friday, Feb 10 at 3:04 PM

I vote Dream Bigger!

J. Nelson says ... on Friday, Feb 10 at 9:03 PM

I vote dream bigger!

Lee P says ... on Monday, Feb 13 at 1:35 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger

Bonny R.V. says ... on Wednesday, Feb 15 at 8:20 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!!

Ellen Korthuis says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 3:24 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Kathy says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 3:48 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Eve Williamson says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 4:43 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

debbie jackson says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 4:59 PM

WAY TO GO LAURIE!!! I VOTE FOR DREAM BIGGER!!!!

Cindy Camp says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 5:01 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Lynda Moore says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 5:16 PM

Laurie is my niece... but I would VOTE FOR DREAM BIGGER anyway, merely because of the impact they are making in their community. I REPEAT.... I VOTE FOR DREAM BIGGER!!

Jody DeRosso says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 5:34 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger! It's a great cause.

Maureen says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 5:47 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Renee Butler says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 7:14 PM

Laurie and her "Dream" inspire me all the time! I vote for Dream Bigger!!!

Dawn Lund says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 8:52 PM

Laurie inspires others and I vote for Dream Bigger :)

Greg Jasperson says ... on Thursday, Feb 16 at 10:12 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Kat says ... on Friday, Feb 17 at 12:17 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Barbara Sanders says ... on Monday, Feb 20 at 1:31 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger !!!

BARBARA SANDERS says ... on Monday, Feb 20 at 1:35 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!!

Julie Cunningham says ... on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 6:30 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!!

PJ Nicaise says ... on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 9:24 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger! :)

Penny Boatright says ... on Tuesday, Feb 28 at 10:14 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger! Go Laurie

Debbie Staples says ... on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 7:28 AM

I cast my vote for Dream Bigger! Good Luck Laurie!

Cindy Camp says ... on Wednesday, Feb 29 at 2:04 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Dawna says ... on Tuesday, Mar 6 at 6:35 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Joey Daniel says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 11:55 AM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Kitty Bolin says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 12:16 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!!!

Mary says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 12:18 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Marie says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 12:34 PM

I vote dream bigger! What a difference Laurie is making ~ saving children from abuse. She is an inspiration to so very many.

Mike Schildt says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 12:38 PM

I also vote for Dream Bigger!

Anne Caroline Drake says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 1:07 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Wayne Hall says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 1:08 PM

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patrick boate says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:05 PM

i vote for dream bigger...interesting article....3800 animal shelters...1200 womans shelters...0..zero mens shelters

Alana Moser says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:25 PM

I vote dream bigger :-)

Patricia Thomas says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:38 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Mary Anne Ragusa says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:40 PM

I am a survivor of domestic violence and I vote for Dream Bigger!

Corrine Brzys says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:44 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger!

Kathy McLean says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 2:45 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger

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I vote for Dream Bigger!

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Nathan DeSpain says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 3:59 PM

Dream Bigger gets my Vote!

Beth Taylor says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 4:00 PM

Beth Taylor I vote for this mission, and this dream!!

Pamela Taylor says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 4:06 PM

As I work with Mothers who have lost custody to their abusers thru DV I pray that Dream Bigger will offer help to more mothers out there that need help in the courts who often grant abusers the custody of the children. Vote Dream Bigger

Lisa Staley says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 4:12 PM

Awesome! I vote for Dream Bigger! :)

Thank you, Pam Taylor says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 4:17 PM

I am one of those statistics and our daughter is only four years old. His most recent tactic is "kidnapping" her by holding her captive for over 19 weeks now. This epidemic needs to be addressed NOW! Dream Bigger is a cause that needs to win this!

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I vote for Dream Bigger!

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"I Vote For Dream Bigger"

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I Vote For Dream Bigger

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I vote for Dream Bigger!

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I Vote For Dream Bigger

Karen Jensen says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 6:34 PM

I vote for Dream Bigger! Keep releasing dreams of women and children who forgot how to dream in the midst of violence Bringing peace and safety for them to dream again

Chris Bateman · says ... on Thursday, Mar 22 at 8:17 PM

I Vote For Dream Bigger

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I VOTE FOR DREAM BIGGER!

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I vote for Dream Bigger .....

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I vote for Dream Bigger

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‎"I VOTE FOR DREAM BIGGER"

James Smith says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 3:22 AM

James Smith My beautiful bride is such an angel I don't see how any man could abuse a woman! I vote for dream bigger!!!

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‎...I vote for Dream Bigger...

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I vote for Dream Bigger!!

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I vote for Dream Bigger!

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I Vote for Dream Bigger ♥

Mary Donaghy says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 10:12 AM

Great Job Marie, I vote for Dream Bigger too!

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I vote for Dream Bigger and you should too!

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I vote for Dream Bigger!

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I vote for Dream Bigger!!

Joanne Daniels says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 12:41 PM

I pray!!!!! Amen!!!!

Connie Lynne says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 12:43 PM

Sending my support to 'DREAM BIGGER'! Together we CAN change the world for the better!

Holly Mandt says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 1:05 PM

I Vote for Dream Bigger : )

Velvet Martin says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 1:31 PM

I Vote For Dream Bigger! - Velvet Martin, SAMANTHA'S LAW

Liz Meyer Williamson says ... on Friday, Mar 23 at 1:56 PM

As someone who suffered both physical and mental abuse and cruelty at the hands of my ex-husband, I vote for Dream Bigger!!! Although my life has changed, I am praying and support those who are advocates for child and spousal abuse! Thank you!

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THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH ME

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I joined and support this cause.

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Thank you for supporting the Dream Bigger cause,

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