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Building Dedication

OPENING THE DOOR

DREAMCATCHER/NIKA’S PLACE

DEDICATION CEREMONY

May 13, 2017

 

THE STORY OF DREAMCATCHER/NIKA’S PLACE
2000-2017

DreamCatcher opened at 422-424 Jefferson Street in Oakland in 2000 and has remained the only shelter in Alameda County for homeless and exploited youth who are between the ages of 13-18. Annually over 100 youth are sheltered, with 90% making a safe exit from the streets to a relative, friend, or other long-term program.

In 2010, to ensure the long-term viability of this unique and greatly needed program, Alameda Health Care Services Director Alex Briscoe, with support from Alameda County Supervisor and President Alice Lai-Bitker donated funds to purchase the larger adjacent building at 5th and Jefferson Street to be the permanent home of DreamCatcher shelter, support center and to expand to open a 6-bed program for sexually exploited minor females. It took from 2010 to 2017 to raise the funds for the renovation as well as to meet the building/planning requirements of the City of Oakland.

Funds for the renovation were provided by Rotary Clubs of Alameda, Oakland #3, Oakland Sunrise, Fremont; State of California EHAPCD; City of Oakland CDBG; Lennar Charitable Fund; HomeAid Northern California; TJ Long Foundation; and Change A Path Donor Circle. HomeAid Northern California provided the technical expertise, project management, moral support and monetary donations to complete the building; specifically, Cheryl O’Connor, Richard Walker, Ron Jones and Michelle and Tom Gibson are responsible for inception and completion of the building. Conscious Construction made all of our plans a reality.

Other support needed to complete the building came from Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley, City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Council Members Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Noel Gallo, and Annie Campbell Washington.

Nika’s Place, the CSEC program, is named in honor of Nika St. Claire, the DreamCatcher Director from 2002-2012, who died in an automobile accident in August 2012. The success of DreamCatcher, which led to the purchase of the new building and service expansion, is due to her dedication and advocacy on behalf of youth in the most desperate of circumstances. She was an inspiration to everyone around her and will never be forgotten.

 

DREAMCATCHER/NIKA’S PLACE DEDICATION CELEBRATION

WELCOME
Kathy Moehring, President, Alameda Family Services Board of Directors
The Honorable Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland
The Honorable Nancy O’Malley, Alameda County District Attorney

PIONEERS
Alex Briscoe, Alice Lai-Bitker

PARTNERS
HomeAid Northern California- Cheryl O’Connor, Richard Walker (XL Construction), Ron Jones (Hunt Hale Jones), Bruce Ring, Jim Cardin,
Michelle and Tom Gibson (Hallmark Design)
Casey Farmer, Sean Sullivan
Moen, Milgard Windows, Dal Tile, Shaw Industries, Whirlpool, Daley’s Drywall & Tape, Welker Brothers, Timberlake Cabinets, Sherwin Williams Paint,
Marble Palace, Inc., Brookfield Homes, Ring Hunter Holland and Schenone, Detect All Security and Fire
Conscious Construction

PHILANTHROPISTS
Rotary Clubs of Alameda, Oakland #3, Sunrise, Fremont; Lennar Charitable Foundation, TJ Long Foundation, Change A Path Donor Circle

PUBLIC
Alameda County Board of Supervisors, City of Oakland City Council, City of Oakland CDBG, State of California Emergency Housing and Assistance Program Capital Development (EHAPCD)

PERFORMANCE
Regina Evans, Pearl Arthouse Healing Circle

BLESSINGS
Councilmember Lynette McElhaney
Thank you for coming!