Dream Chasers is a registered program of Don’t Stop Dreamin’ whereby Don’t Stop Dreamin’ partners with institutions of higher education such as colleges and universities throughout Western Pennsylvania and the facilities in the Quality Life Services continuum of care. The program focuses on learning how individual’s unique perspectives, values and aspirations are shaped by his / her background and life experiences.
Students of the respective college or university will be paired with Quality Life Services residents with whom they will engage in a semi-structured oral history dialogue with periodic group activities. Students will use the Legacy Recorder as a simple tool to help the residents tell their stories to the students. The goal is to capture their stories of a lifetime, one page at a time.
The program will culminate through a celebratory gathering to honor the residents by sharing what life lessons have been revealed over the course of a semester and what legacies the students are taking into their own lives as the result.
Currently we have Slippery Rock students at Quality Life Services’ locations: 13 students at Chicora, 9 students at Mercer and 9 students at Grove City. The program began the spring semester of 2017 at Grove City and just this semester expanded to Quality Life Services – Chicora. Their Mercer location came on board fall 2018. The students will have 6 sessions at each facility. Students are paired with residents based on similar interests.