Beautiful Dream Society
PO Box 32554
Oklahoma City OK 73123
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement
BDS Mission
 
Beautiful Dream Society is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting exploitation, instilling value, and empowering vulnerable people in Lesotho by providing love, protection, and education through partnership with the church and community.
 
2016 Was Our 6th Year in Operation
 
Moving Forward in 2017... 

In 2017, Lesotho, Africa continues to be the primary focus for Beautiful Dream Society moving forward. 

Although Beautiful Dream Society, along with the support of our dedicated partners, is grateful and privileged to have served trafficking victims and their children in our Oklahoma crisis shelter during 2013 through 2016, we are excited to fully return to our original call to help Lesotho where BDS is the only organization dedicated to sheltering victims of human trafficking in the country at this time.  We celebrate the lives of the 216 human trafficking victims including 57 US women and children that have been changed through our Oklahoma operation, and we are grateful that other organizations have been raised up to take over the mandate to provide assistance for trafficking victims in Oklahoma.  

BDS will continue to raise awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma and at every opportunity we have all over the US and the world.  Our message is that human life is valuable.  Every human being deserves love, respect, and freedom from exploitation and domination.

 
Lesotho's Treasure Is Her Children
Contact Information
Contact Name Jennifer Crow
Contact email info@beautifuldream.tv
Address PO Box 32554
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
Phone (405) 717-1201
County Oklahoma
Alternate Address 4300 North MacArthur
Oklahoma City OK 73122
Alternate Phone 405 209-1270
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.beautifuldream.tv
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Mail a Check to:
Beautiful Dream Society
PO Box 32554
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123 
 
$4 the Least of These Sponsorship
 
For the cost of a latte, fast food meal or rented movie, you can help a victim of human trafficking or vulnerable child by contributing just $4 per week/$16 per month.
 
Child Sponsorship
 
For only $28 per month, sponsors provide clothing, food, medical care and education in a loving, Christian home environment.
 
Fundraising Events 
 
Help run a BDS sponsored fundraising event or host your own.
 
Corporate Sponsorship 
 
Enlist the support of your organization or group in fighting exploitation. 
 
Text to Give   
 
Text the amount you want to give, such as $25 to the number 84321. Then you will be prompted to enter your financial info.
 
Volunteer
 
Oklahoma: 
 
  • Volunteer to help with a fundraising event.
  • Volunteer to help with administrative positions such as Social Media, Website, Donor Relations, data entry, etc.  Call 405-209-1270 for more info
  • Volunteer to be a staff member  for a year at BDS in Lesotho, Africa.  Positions are needed in childcare, teaching, counseling, building, accounting, children's ministry, women's ministry, media, etc.  
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $265,603.00
Projected Expenses $251,311.00
History and Background
Former Names
NameYear
Beautiful Dream Oklahoma LLC2015
Year Founded 2010
IRS Ruling Year 2012
State Registration Expiration Dec 2018
Statements
Mission
BDS Mission
 
Beautiful Dream Society is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting exploitation, instilling value, and empowering vulnerable people in Lesotho by providing love, protection, and education through partnership with the church and community.
 
2016 Was Our 6th Year in Operation
 
Moving Forward in 2017... 

In 2017, Lesotho, Africa continues to be the primary focus for Beautiful Dream Society moving forward. 

Although Beautiful Dream Society, along with the support of our dedicated partners, is grateful and privileged to have served trafficking victims and their children in our Oklahoma crisis shelter during 2013 through 2016, we are excited to fully return to our original call to help Lesotho where BDS is the only organization dedicated to sheltering victims of human trafficking in the country at this time.  We celebrate the lives of the 216 human trafficking victims including 57 US women and children that have been changed through our Oklahoma operation, and we are grateful that other organizations have been raised up to take over the mandate to provide assistance for trafficking victims in Oklahoma.  

BDS will continue to raise awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma and at every opportunity we have all over the US and the world.  Our message is that human life is valuable.  Every human being deserves love, respect, and freedom from exploitation and domination.

 
Background

The Dream

In March 2008, Jennifer Crow, founder of Beautiful Dream Society, had a very vivid dream. In her unusual dream, Jennifer was on a ship with Christine Caine (only an acquaintance at the time), looking over the ship’s railing, cruising past a dark rocky coastline. As they glanced across the horizon, in the sky above the land, Jennifer saw the word “L-E-S-O-T-H-O,” spelled out in capital letters, a word she was unfamiliar with, and had no recollection of ever hearing. On the rocks of the coastline were hundreds of seals. One particular seal in the middle, a mother seal, was much bigger than the others. This mother seal had a large pouch, like a kangaroo, filled with baby seals; some were bleeding, pale, and sickly. While Jennifer and Christine were watching, the mother seal’s pouch was ripped open, and hundreds of her children, from embryos to different sizes of babies, spilled into the sea and were lost. As Jennifer looked into the eyes of the mother seal, the seal’s face turned into the face of a brown-skinned woman. Although she didn’t speak, the tears spilling from her penetrating eyes conveyed her voiceless but urgent plea: “Help me.”

Jennifer was shocked to discover that Lesotho is the name of a tiny country completely surrounded by South Africa. It’s a country ravaged by poverty, with the second highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the world. Jennifer’s dream became the catalyst for several trips to Lesotho, and in May 2010, the Beautiful Dream Society was founded. BDS’s initial purpose of helping the woman in the dream (Lesotho) with her hurting children was only the beginning.

Impact
Lesotho Hope House

BDS operates a 24-hour, emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking and their dependent children in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa. Referrals are provided from multiple sources, such as law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and individual community members. In the shelter, women and their children receive shelter, food, and clothing. Trained volunteers and staff provide trauma-informed care throughout the process of helping the individual or child to accomplish his or her goals. BDS partners with the community in order to facilitate individual needs, such as medical care, mental health care, and further education and vocational opportunities. 

Love House Lesotho

Rescue a child. Raise a leader. Rebuild the family. Restore the nation.

It is estimated that orphans comprise 10% of the Lesotho population, with most of those being orphaned because of the high prevalence of HIV infection. With 28% of the people being infected by HIV, Lesotho is the second highest country in the world, per capita, for HIV infection. BDS had been operating the shelter for victims of human trafficking for two and a half years, when BDS was made aware that there were orphan children who were in dire need due to other orphanages in the country being closed and over crowded. BDS opened the Love House and provides extended family support and guidance to ensure the children are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders. Three dedicated women were trained and chosen to serve as mothers to the children. Two of the women had been former victims of trafficking and had come through the BDS Crisis Care and Transition Program. The model of vulnerable women empowered to serve as nurturers and caregivers to orphaned and abused children has been proven to work at Watoto in Uganda, after which the Love House Child Care project is modeled. BDS currently supports loving family homes where thirteen vulnerable children are loved and cared for.

 
 
 
 
Needs

Beautiful Dream Society is an organization depends upon community partnerships. Here are some of our needs:

  1. Financial Support: BDS helps victims of human trafficking to heal and develop loving community relationships to receive the help they need and learn to rely on their own strengths. Parentless and abused children cannot provide for themselves, but rely on BDS and BDS supporters for nurture, food, clothing, shelter, and education. 
  2. Lesotho Volunteer Staff: The BDS Lesotho Hope House is the only emergency shelter in the country of Lesotho dedicated to providing love and care for adult female victims of human sex trafficking. Because of the nature of services provided, two house moms are needed to be on duty 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. There are volunteer positions available to serve in this and other capacities at our operation in Lesotho. An intensive free training program is provided to potential staff for trauma informed care. 
  3. Lesotho Staff/Missionaries: There are positions available for US Citizens that want to move to Lesotho to assist in training Basotho leaders in the developing country of Lesotho. 
    1. In-Country Director
    2. Business Manager/Accountant
    3. Teachers (high school and elementary)
    4. Construction Supervisor
    5. Administrative Assistant
    6. Human Trafficking Trainer
CEO/Executive Director Statement

 

From Julia McDonald--Executive Director, Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho
 
Dear Friends,

BDS has been fighting exploitation since 2010. We believe, teach, and demonstrate that all human beings have equal value and no human being should be controlled by another for any reason including race, gender, age, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.
Here's what we're up against:
  • Vulnerable people are trafficked in the commercial sex trade and labor industry every day in America*.
  • More than 18,000 total cases of human trafficking have been reported to the US National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline in the last eight years. The hotline receives an average of 100 calls per day*. 
  • The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. 5.5 million of those are children. 14.2 million of those are victims of labor exploitation*.
  • In 2014, the International Labour Organization estimated that forced labor generates $150 billion in profits a year worldwide*.
  •  Lesotho has the second highest HIV prevalence rate in the world – approximately 28.9 % of people in the country are living with HIV.+
  • Over half of the 260,000 adults living with HIV in Lesotho are women.+
  •  There are currently more than 200,000 orphans in Lesotho, most of whom are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.+
 
*Statistics from the Polaris Project
+Statistics from Help Lesotho
 
Thank you for helping us fight exploitation in the US and Lesotho!

Julia McDonald,
Executive Director,
Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho



Highlights and Accomplishments

  • BDS opened the first shelter for victims of human trafficking in the country of Lesotho.
  • BDS is a member of the Lesotho Multi-Sectoral Committee on Human Trafficking.
  • BDS is a member of the Oklahoma Human Trafficking Task Force.
  • BDS operated a State certified emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking in Oklahoma from 2013 through 2016.  At the time it was the only exclusively dedicated shelter for adult female victims of sex trafficking in Oklahoma.
Board Chair Statement
 
From Jennifer Crow--Founder and President 

Our dream is to see lives made beautiful.

Dear Friends,

   Thank you for your interest in Beautiful Dream Society! We are very excited to share the wonderful story of BDS. It is the story of people helping people, it is a story of seeing lives made beautiful, and the story of those who've been forgotten, abused, and exploited coming to know their love and value.

   Our name says it all: our mission began with a beautiful dream--a profound dream in 2008, which has led us on a journey. The dream began to take shape when BDS was formed in 2010. Today the dream has become reality and has culminated, thus far, in two 24-hour emergency shelters for victims of human trafficking and the care of orphans and vulnerable children. Thank you for taking the time to hear our story. We would like it to be your story as well. Would you join us in the Beautiful Dream?


Jennifer Crow

Founder and President

 
BDS Historical Timeline
  •  In March 2008, Jennifer Crow had a dream of the word L-E-S-O-T-H-O, and of a mother with hurting children crying out for help.
  • In February 2009, Jennifer and friends took the first exploratory trip to Lesotho.
  • In March 2010, Jennifer Crow, Sonya Martinez, and team journeyed to Lesotho to complete a feasibility study about human trafficking.
  • In May 2010, Beautiful Dream Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in Oklahoma.
  • On December 31, 2010, a team of seven members of Victory Church voluntarily moved to Lesotho, under the leadership of Sonya and Charles Martinez, for the purpose of helping victims of human trafficking in Lesotho.
  • In April 2011, Beautiful Dream Society Safe House for Victims of Human Trafficking was opened and became the first, and only, safe house in the country of Lesotho.
  • In February 2012, the Hope House for vulnerable women was opened to serve the needs of survivors of trafficking, and other vulnerable women.
  • In May 2012, Victory Church Maseru was opened at the Pioneer Mall in Maseru, Lesotho.
  • From 2013-2016, in Oklahoma, the Dream Home for victims of human sex trafficking was opened and certified by the State of Oklahoma.
  • In December 2013, in Lesotho, twelve orphaned and vulnerable children were taken in to be raised by Beautiful Dream Society modeling the children’s village plan created by Watoto Church in Uganda.
  • In February 2013, the Beautiful Dream Village pre-school began with six children.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
International

Oklahoma

Vulnerable people are trafficked in the commercial sex trade and labor industry every day in America including Oklahoma*.  BDS has been at the forefront of helping victims in Oklahoma since we were founded in 2010.  We speak from experience to groups, clubs, churches, and organizations about human value and how the devaluation of women and children allow sex trafficking to exist in Oklahoma, the US, and the world.    
 

Lesotho

Lesotho is a tiny mountain kingdom surrounded by South Africa. It has the second highest HIV infection rate in the world, and 29.8% of the people are HIV positive. 10% of the entire population are underage orphans.  Lesotho has the highest rate of reported rape in the world.  Oklahoma can help Lesotho through modeling, training and providing resources to raise the awareness of human value.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security/International Human Rights
Tertiary Organizational Category Housing, Shelter/Temporary Housing
Programs
Description

BDS operates a Lesotho Government Certified, 24-hour, emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking and their dependent children in Maseru, Lesotho, Africa. Referrals are provided from multiple sources, such as law enforcement, healthcare agencies, and individual community members. In the home, women and their children receive shelter, food, and clothing. Trained volunteers and staff provide trauma-informed care throughout the process of helping the individual or child to accomplish his or her goals. BDS partners with the community in order to facilitate individual needs, such as medical care, mental health care, and further education and vocational opportunities. Length of stay for the women varies, and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Each resident chooses her own personal plan for safety, determines the course of actions to be taken, and is assisted as needed in creating a transition plan to resume a healthy, fulfilling life beyond their time in the BDS Hope House.

Strategy
Population Served Adults Females Victims
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Human Trafficking Victims and Vulnerable Women Served in BDS Shelters:

2010: 2

2011: 18

2012: 7

2013: 58

2014: 59

2015: 71




191 Total human trafficking victims and their children served 2011-2016

13 Orphans cared for full time since December 2013

366 House Mothers trained since 2011

57,989 People who have heard the message of awareness and prevention of human trafficking since 2010

 

In 2016:

5316 Nights of shelter provided

15,948 Meals served

 

Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. Beautiful Dream Society operates the only exclusively dedicated emergency shelter for victims of human sex trafficking in the Country of Lesotho.  100% of the women who enter our shelter are loved and cared for in tangible and intangible ways.  Each resident learns to choose her own personal plan for safety, determines the course of actions to be taken and is assisted as needed in creating a transition plan to resume a healthy and fulfilling life beyond their time in the Beautiful Dream Society Hope House.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Beautiful Dream Society staff work closely with the Lesotho Department of Social Development to ensure that trauma informed care is effectively provided for each resident of the Lesotho Hope House.  Detailed records are kept for each resident and reviewed each day to ensure the highest quality of care is being provided.  Compliance with the US State Department standards ensure that Beautiful Dream Society's program is powerful, safe, and effective.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

"I was abducted by a boy from my school after winter class. He tightly grabbed me by my hand and took me to his house. I was taken into the home for two months and forced to stay there. I do not remember much of this time except that the mother would talk bad about me because I would not perform the duties of a wife. I was kept in one of the rooms where every night I was sexually assaulted. They were always there so I could not escape.

Later I learned from my sister that my parents were in negotiations with the boy’s family to force me in an unwanted marriage against my will. When she tried to talk the parents out of the forced marriage they told her that if she takes me away from that family then she would be responsible to pay for my fees.

After speaking with my family, my sister took me to the police station. The police station referred me to the social workers, but due to threats from the boy’s family, the social worker referred the case to the Lesotho Embassy. They brought me back to Lesotho”.

This young lady was brought into the care of Beautiful Dream Society in Lesotho where she received love, medical care, food, clothing, counseling and psychological care. When she came to BDS she was timid, undernourished and frightened. She had trouble sleeping at night because of bad dreams. She was numb to her experience and would not talk about it because she did not want to remember anything. She believed that by not talking about it the thoughts would disappear.

Over time, she regained weight and strength. She began to sleep better, laugh more, and performed very well in her trauma program. Her outgoing personality began to show. Now, almost one year later, she is back in school, and working hard to achieve her goal of finishing school so she can become a teacher!

 

 



Description

A person's value comes from their Creator. When societies recognize this essential principle, then human exploitation decreases. By increasing education and awareness on matters of human trafficking in the state of Oklahoma, Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness that human value that can never be diminished. Since 2012, BDS has spoken to thousands in schools, universities, churches, and at community and tribal events. BDS also provides customized instruction on topics such as trauma informed care and care of trauma victims using principles of validation and acceptance.

 

Strategy
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) US
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.

Short term success includes:

  • Increased training on victim identification and trauma informed care for law enforcement, first responders, social service agencies, child welfare and juvenile system workers, and other relevant parties
  • Specialized, culturally relevant educational trainings for those serving vulnerable populations such as American Indians; children in the welfare or juvenile justice system; runaway and homeless children; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; persons with disabilities; and foreign nationals
  • Age appropriate education and outreach for Oklahoman students on topics such as healthy boundaries, internet safety, and human trafficking.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
From 2010 to 2014, there are 57,989 people who have heard the message of awareness and prevention of human trafficking from BDS.
 
Long-term success will yield:
  • Statewide awareness on the issue 
  • Ongoing, specialized, culturally relevant education and prevention for vulnerable populations such as Native Americans; children in the welfare or juvenile justice system; runaway and homeless children; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; persons with disabilities; and foreign nationals
  • Mandatory and ongoing training on victim identification and trauma informed care for law enforcement, first responders, social service agencies, child welfare and juvenile system workers, etc.
  • Adoption and implementation of victim centered practices and protocols by law enforcement, first responders, social service agencies, child welfare and juvenile system workers, and other relevant parties
  • Incorporation of prevention and education material in middle school and high school classroom curriculum
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Tools used to measure and track success include:

  • Number of people/students who were educated on human trafficking and related, age appropriate issues through trainings and outreach events
  • Number of partnerships or relationships with those serving vulnerable populations such as Native Americans; children in the welfare or juvenile justice system; runaway and homeless children; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered individuals; persons with disabilities; and foreign nationals
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. Vanessa* was six when her mother began selling her to men in exchange for money to buy drugs. Through the years, Vanessa searched for people who would love her. She had no concept of her self-worth. Drawn to abusive relationships, she found herself being sold again, this time by her boyfriend. Vanessa slipped into a trap of human slavery and drug addiction, and desperately needed a way out. Unfortunately, this is an all too common story in Oklahoma and throughout the US. Pimps operate as the primary domestic sex traffickers and target particularly vulnerable youth, such as runaways, and those who are homeless and abused. Vanessa has thrived, being cared for in the BDS Dream Home. Instead of living in fear, she has begun spending her time laughing with new friends and growing in her self-esteem. Because of the love and care she has received, Vanessa was able to develop her literacy skills and begin pursuing her G.E.D. Vanessa has received the gift of freedom and a new life!
Description

BDS Lesotho had been operating the shelter for victims of human trafficking for two and a half years, when BDS discovered that there were orphan children who were in dire need due to other orphanages in the country being closed and over crowded. BDS answered the call to help by forming homes to ensure that children are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders. Three dedicated women were trained and chosen to serve as mothers to the children. Two of the women had been former victims of trafficking and had come through the BDS Crisis Care and Transition Program. The model of vulnerable women empowered to serve as nurturers and caregivers to orphaned and abused children has been effective at Watoto Church in Uganda, after which the Love House Foster Care program is modeled. BDS currently supports loving family homes where thirteen vulnerable children are loved and cared for by three dedicated mothers.

Strategy
Population Served Africa Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. All of the children in the Beautiful Dream Society Love House Foster Care Program have been affected by the trauma of losing one or both parents and/or traumatized by abuse.  When the children come into the home, they receive love and care from their new mother who has been trained in dealing with childhood trauma.  The new family is supported by healthy relationships with church, community and Beautiful Dream Society staff and volunteers.  Children come to know their value and to know that they are loved and accepted.  Many children that come into the BDS Love House are also behind in their schooling due to the circumstances, which they've experienced.  Children receive specialized education and tutoring to enable them to thrive, flourish,  and complete their education.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. The children in the Beautiful Dream Society Love House are raised to be the next generation of Basotho leaders in whatever field of study or work they may choose.  Children are given specialized education during their primary and secondary years at the BDS school and are assisted in preparing for college, university or vocational school depending on the interest and ability of each individual child.  Children are supported through their educational process and are assisted as they transition into adulthood and find their function and purpose in life.  Children that were discarded, abandoned, or bereaved become thriving members of the community because of the love and care of the Beautiful Dream Society, it's mothers, staff, and partners.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Each child and mother in the Beautiful Dream Society Love House Foster Care program is assigned to a BDS social worker, BDS psychologist, and BDS educational specialist who meet weekly to evaluate the child's progress.  The social worker completes a monthly written evaluation to ensure each child is progressing well and meeting agreed upon goals.  In addition, a committee of BDS Staff and community leaders and members meet quarterly to evaluate the operation and guidelines of the program.  These quarterly reports are reviewed by BDS Staff and ultimately reviewed and monitored by the Beautiful Dream Society Lesotho Board of Directors. 
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Four-year-old Ntoetsi* was brought to the BDS Crisis Care Shelter by Lesotho police. BDS hasn't typically taken in abused children, but the most prominent Lesotho shelter for abused children had recently closed and the police were out of options for Ntoetsi. She came to BDS in a severe state of trauma with third degree burns on her feet. Her step-mother had dipped her feet into boiling water causing painful open wounds. She could not be left alone but had to be in constant physical contact with BDS house moms and staff. As the wounds on her feet began to heal, so did the wounds in her heart. Once she could walk and bathe normally, Ntoetsi joined a family at our Love House Children's Home. Her new House Mother (a former victim of trafficking who has been rescued and cared for by BDS), loves her, protects her, and values her. Ntoetsi attends classes at the BDS pre-school and is flourishing there. 

Description

Instilling Value

A person's value comes from their Creator. Beautiful Dream Society strives to raise awareness at every level of society that human beings have value that can never be taken away by another human being. This is portrayed through our presentations and trainings to multiple governmental organizations, schools, community groups, law enforcement, churches, and healthcare providers.

Strategy
Population Served Africa At-Risk Populations Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program.
The nation of Lesotho first drafted a law criminalizing human trafficking during 2011 which was the same year in which the Beautiful Dream Society opened the first shelter for victims of trafficking in the nation of Lesotho.  During 2012,  there was the first successful prosecution of a perpetrator of trafficking when a perpetrator of one of BDS' clients was sentenced to 15 years in a Lesotho prison.  Shortly after the client was sent back to her original country of China, her perpetrator was released from prison because of a claim of mis-trial.  Although BDS was not able to bring the client back for a retrial, she continues to flourish today in her country working as a chef in a restaurant.
 
Because of positive strides made to stop human trafficking in Lesotho in 2011, the country of Lesotho was moved up a level from Tier 2 Watch to Tier 2 for two subsequent years on the US State Department Trafficking in Persons Report.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state. BDS has been fighting exploitation since 2010. We believe, teach, and demonstrate that all human beings have equal value and no human being should be controlled by another for any reason including race, gender, age, religion, socio-economic status, or sexual orientation.  This message will be promoted by every method and medium available until there is no more human trafficking or exploitation of vulnerable people within the nation of Lesotho.  This lofty goal may take many lifetimes here on this earth, but the achievement of this goal will ultimately point to the success of Beautiful Dream Society's small role in this change. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. The US State Department has developed a method of reporting and grading countries of the world on their ability to fight trafficking and help victims of trafficking. When Lesotho is able to arrive at the Level of Tier 1, then BDS will know that it's efforts are achieving the ultimate goal of stopping human trafficking and caring for victims.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.

Fourteen-year-old Lintle* was brought to BDS by the Lesotho Office of Immigration after she was able to escape from her captor. Lintle was kidnapped from her village and taken to a location where she was repeatedly raped and held against her will. Lintle's parents accepted an amount of money in exchange for the wrongs perpetrated against Lintle for the perpetrator to 'marry' her. Although illegal in Lesotho today, ancient customs allow a negotiated fee called Lebola to be paid in exchange for a kidnapped girl who is treated more like a possession or animal than a human. Fortunately, Lintle escaped to authorities who brought her to BDS Crisis Care Shelter where she began to heal.  Lintle has now been placed in a loving family environment at the BDS Love House. Lintle's desire is to finish her schooling, and live her teenage years free to pursue her hopes and dreams. Lintle is excelling as a student at the BDS school as she feels loved, protected, and has the hope of a better life.


Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Beautiful Dream Society's programs have evolved through the years.  Here is a timeline of how our programs began:
 
  • BDS started in 2010 as an organization that was trying to identify ways to help Lesotho. 
  • In 2011, BDS opened a shelter for victims of trafficking in Lesotho.  
  • In 2012, the Hand of Hope Transformation Center was formed as a transitional program for former victims of trafficking.
  • In 2013, BDS expanded into Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Dream Home for adult, female, victims of sex trafficking was opened.
  • In 2013, the BDS Oklahoma Prevention Initiative was initiated.
  • In 2013, the Lesotho Love House/Children's Village Program was initiated.
  • In 2014, the BDS Lesotho School was formed.
  • 2016: Since BDS is the only organization with a shelter for victims of human trafficking in the entire country of Lesotho, the BDS Board may a decision to sharpen the focus of the organization to Lesotho.  In August 2016, the Beautiful Dream Oklahoma Crisis Care Shelter for Female Victims of Human Sex Trafficking was closed.  
  • 2016: BDS Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative continues to operate in Oklahoma and the US.
  • In 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Lesotho Government to parter together to provide the shelter for victims of human trafficking.  The Government of Lesotho provides the building and some utilities, and BDS operates the shelter.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Crow
Start Date May 2010
Email jennifer.crow@beautifuldream.tv
Experience

 

Jennifer Crow has been in non-profit corporate management for over 21 years and has founded 8 non-profit and for-profit corporations in Oklahoma and Lesotho. She is the founder of the Beautiful Dream Society, an Oklahoma 501(c)3 corporation and Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho, a government certified organization, dedicated to fighting exploitation and instilling value by helping victims of human trafficking and orphans in Lesotho, Africa.

She is also the owner of Barn at the Woods LLC, a premier wedding venue in Edmond, Oklahoma

Previously, Jennifer served as a founding board member and Senior Pastor of Victory Church in Oklahoma City, which grew to over 5,500 in weekly attendance at 5 locations in Oklahoma and Lesotho.

Active in community service, Jennifer serves on the Board of Directors of Branch 15 in Edmond, OK, an organization founded by Life Church Pastor Craig Groeschel's wife, Amy, which exists to provide Christ-centered transitional housing with individualized support for women on their paths to recovery and independent, sustainable living.

Crow also founded a music production and publishing company, Victory Productions, LLC, whose artists produced ten full length albums of original music in English and Spanish for 316 Media and Dream Records. She holds a degree in Vocal Performance from Oral Roberts University where in 2010 she was honored as an Alumnus of the Year.

Jennifer is the author of the book, Perfect Lies, published by Tyndale House, and her accompanying Perfect Lies workbook for individual or group study for victims of trauma that promotes healing through meditation. In 2004, diagnosed with a dozen chronic health issues, Jennifer entered a deep depression and crisis. And as everything in her life seemed to unravel, Jennifer began to see how the perfect lies she’d told herself—lies like "I must prove myself because my worth depends on what I do" and "I must gain the acceptance of others because their opinion matters most"—were literally crippling her body, mind, and soul. In Perfect Lies, Jennifer reveals nine key lies that held her back, walks us through her journey of miraculous recovery, and shares practical techniques for overcoming these same lies in our own lives and finding true freedom instead. Jennifer's experiences have perfectly prepared her for work with vulnerable women and children.

Jennifer has resided in Oklahoma City for 21 years raising 5 children and 4 grandchildren (so far!)

 


 

 

Senior Staff
NameTitle
Jennifer CrowCEO--Executive Director BDS
Julia McDonaldExecutive Director, Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho
Staff
Number of Full-time Staff 12
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 15
Staff Retention Rate 75
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? No
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 2
Other 10 African
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 11
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Collaborations
Beautiful Dream Society collaborates with the United States Embassy in Maseru, Lesotho in submitting information for the Trafficking In Persons annual report for the US Department of State.
 
Beautiful Dream Society collaborates through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lesotho Government Ministry of Home Affairs to provide a physical shelter for victims of human trafficking.  The Government of Lesotho supplies the building for the shelter at no cost to BDS and supplements the utilities for the building.   BDS operates the 24 hour crisis shelter.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Comments on Staff & Management
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
Beautiful Dream Society, a 501(c)3 Oklahoma-based Foreign Mission Society of Victory Church was founded in 2010 as a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting exploitation, instilling value, and empowering vulnerable people worldwide by providing love, protection, and education through partnership with the church and community.  Our current areas of focus are Lesotho, Africa and Oklahoma.  
 
Our organization raises awareness about human trafficking: how to recognize it and how to stop it, in Oklahoma and Lesotho, and raises funds to support our work in Lesotho, Africa. BDS partners with a Lesotho based non-profit organization called Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho (BDSL), which has it's own Executive Director and Board of Directors.  BDSL implements the Lesotho based work of BDS.
 
The two boards and staff, BDS and BDSL, work in coordination with each other to help Lesotho, one functioning primarily as the funding and support role (BDS) and the other functioning primarily in the implementation of programs role.  Each organization has separate financial records and bank accounts in each respective country.
 
In addition, BDS staff and volunteers engage in raising awareness about human trafficking in Oklahoma, the US and other parts of the world. 
 
 
Board Chair
Name Rev. Jennifer Votaw Crow
Company Affiliation Founder, Beautiful Dream Society
Term May 2010 to Apr 2020
Email jennifer.crow@beautifuldream.tv
Board of Directors
List Current as of Feb 08, 2017
Board of Directors List
NameAffiliationStatus
Reverend Jennifer Crow Barn at the Woods LLCVoting
Chris Crow Creative Lead, Champions Centre, Bellevue, WashingtonVoting
Danita Estrella Founder, Danita's Children, Ouanaminthe, HaitiVoting
Teresa Pinson Custom UpholsteryVoting
Reverend Dale Swanson Victory Church Oklahoma CityVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 3
Not specified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 60 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Finance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Beautiful Dream Society encompasses two entities in two countries.

United States of America

Beautiful Dream Society is a 501(c) Oklahoma public charity whose IRS designation is a Foreign Mission Society of Victory Church.
Jennifer Crow is currently the Founder, CEO, and Executive Director of Beautiful Dream Society.


Lesotho

Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho is a charity certified under the Lesotho Societies Act. The Members are as follows:

President: Jennifer Crow
Vice President: Bryan Geurink
Secretary: Malikoe Lali
Treasurer: Lorna Munger
Vice Treasurer: Anna Pack
Member: Bryan Nix
Member: Matthew Munger
Member: Mahlonie Selometsi
Member: Matokelo Seturumane
Member: Pulane Nkhabutlane

Beautiful Dream Society had been faced with a challenge regarding the focus of our organization.  At the end of 2015, the BDS Board made a difficult but advantageous decision to choose a focus more on our operation in Lesotho and our operation in Oklahoma.  BDS was originally formed because of the spark of a dream about the country of Lesotho, and we have been serving as the only organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and helping victims of human trafficking in Lesotho, Africa.  Even in 2017, BDS is still the only entity in the entire country of Lesotho that helps victims of human trafficking in an emergency residential environment and provides the aftercare needed.  Our work in Lesotho remains strong in our 7th year of operation with a Crisis Care Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking and a Childcare Program providing loving homes for orphans and vulnerable children.
 
However, as an Oklahoma based charity, we have always had a heart to help stop human trafficking in our home state of Oklahoma.  That is why BDS operated a state certified shelter for trafficking victims from 2013-2016.  At the end of 2016, after helping 57 women and children in our Oklahoma Crisis Shelter, we observed that we were not able to sustain the residential facilities on both continents, so we discontinued our Oklahoma Shelter on August 30, 2016. 
 
Our work in Oklahoma continues in the areas of advocacy and education regarding human rights, gender discrimination, and human trafficking.  We speak all over the State of Oklahoma and in the US at Universities, high schools, civic clubs, churches about the value of human beings and how the continuum of discrimination and exploitation contributes to human trafficking.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $265,603
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $251,311
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
------
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$326,313$415,606$299,457
------
$10,965$3,959$9,632
Investment Income, Net of Losses------
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events$63,735$46,159$112,385
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$1,145$314$3,278
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$217,040$366,072$270,933
Administration Expense$125,238$85,058$118,498
Fundraising Expense$26,742$30,065$30,029
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.971.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses59%76%65%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue7%7%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$87,159$56,677$71,785
Current Assets$62,849$22,524$41,241
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,458$4,115$4,066
Total Net Assets$85,701$52,562$67,719
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities43.115.4710.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $326,313Individuals $415,606Individuals $299,457
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events $63,735Special Events $46,159Special Events $112,385
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $10,965Earned Revenue $3,959Earned Revenue $9,632
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Campaign Purpose The Maseru, Lesotho Beautiful Dream Children's Village will house 144 vulnerable orphans and 18 mothers in the model of Watoto from Uganda.  There will be one mother and eight children to form a loving home.
Campaign Goal $1,500,000
Campaign Dates Jan 2018 to Dec 2020
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
During 2016, the accounting system of the organization was divested from one Quickbooks account, to three Quickbooks accounts to reflect accurately the three separate entities which were represented at the beginning of 2016: Beautiful Dream Society (USA), Beautiful Dream Oklahoma and Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho.  On August 30, 2016, Beautiful Dream Oklahoma LLC was dissolved.
 
So the accounts for 2015 and prior included all transactions from all three organizations on both continents.  
 
At the end of 2016, there remained Beautiful Dream Society, a US 501(c)3, and Beautiful Dream Society of Lesotho, a Lesotho non-profit Society. 
 

Why Doesn’t Beautiful Dream Society File Form 990?

Beautiful Dream Society, a 501(c)3 Oklahoma Non-Profit was formed in 2010 as a Foreign Mission Society of Victory Church in Oklahoma City. The “Foreign Mission Society” is a designation by the USA Internal Revenue Service as an entity affiliated with one or more churches, more than one-half of the activities of which are conducted in or directed at persons in foreign countries, which has as its primary activity the provision of humanitarian aid to individuals in foreign countries. Victory Church appoints one Board Member to serve on the BDS Board of Directors. The financial operation of BDS is completely separate from Victory Church, which is a separate 501(c)3.

As a Foreign Mission Society of a church, BDS is exempt from filing the annual Form 990.

BDS EIN: 27-2574811

 
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from compilations on a cash basis financial basis provided by the organization. Financial compilations are attached as Other Documents.
 
FY 2014:  A prior period adjustment of $2,172 was made in 2014, which we made changes in the FY 2013 financials to reflect the increase in Revenue and Total Assets.  Also, Admin expenses included purchases of office furniture in the Oklahoma City office.
Address PO Box 32554
Oklahoma City, OK 73123
Primary Phone 405 717-1201
Contact Email info@beautifuldream.tv
Give with Credit Card http://www.beautifuldream.tv
CEO/Executive Director Jennifer Crow
Board Chair Rev. Jennifer Votaw Crow
Board Chair Company Affiliation Founder, Beautiful Dream Society