DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. (DOH), is an over 30-year old 501(c) 3 non-profit, community-based substance abuse prevention agency certified by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Services (BADS). DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc.’s mission is to prevent and/or reduce the abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD).
DREAM of Hattiesburg RADAR Resource Center provides ATOD abuse prevention print materials (posters, curriculum resources, DVD/video checkout, and brochures) in South Mississippi and also offers training and technical assistance in community mobilization, coalition development, youth leadership development, experiential learning, service-learning, evaluation, ATOD abuse prevention (marijuana, underage drinking, merchant education, suicide prevention, and prescription drug abuse) and other related topics. DOH’s community-based prevention activities and effective evidence-based prevention programming (i.e., Communities Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol, Positive Action, Project Towards No Drugs, Project Northland: Amazing Alternatives/Slick Tracy, Life Skills) is offered to children and youth in high-risk environments and schools in South Mississippi. DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. assists in the coordination of the Mississippi Southern Coalition and DREAM Community Planning Coalition, both of which represent partnerships of agencies working together on prevention activities in South Mississippi.
Dr. Linda Vasquez
Linda is the Executive Director at DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. Linda completed her Ph. D. in Human Performance (Emphasis Administration and Teaching) from The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Human Performance and Recreation. Her dissertation was "The Effects of an Experiential-Based Prevention Education Program on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Knowledge, and Social Attitudes and Skills of First-Time Offender, Non-Adjudicated Youth." She also holds a Master of Social Work from The University of Southern Mississippi and Master of Science (Therapeutic Recreation) from Oklahoma State University. Awards include the National Association of Social Workers Mississippi Chapter Social Worker of the Year 2012, Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals (MAAP) Prevention Professional of the Year 2006, Mississippi Prevention Professional, MAHPERD Recreation Community Teaching Award, the Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals Herbert L. Loving Outstanding Service Award 2016, The University of Southern Mississippi, School of Social Work Research and Leadership awards and NCAA full scholarship collegiate assistant coach (The University of Southern Mississippi) and full scholarship collegiate athlete (Oklahoma State University). Linda also participated in Florida's Ironman in 2015.
DREAM was founded in August 1983 by a group of citizens that were concerned with tobacco, underage drinking, and other drug abuse.
For the last 30 years DREAM has educated communities by using resources that promote a drug-free lifestyle as well as providing alternatives that promote a positive, healthy way of life.
DREAM of Hattiesburg, Inc. is committed to bringing positive change to this community. DREAM of Hattiesburg is involved in over 9 coalitions with multiple committees ranging from Youth Leadership to Legislation.
As the years go on DREAM of Hattiesburg continues to grow to meet the new demands of our communities as well as staying up to date with the latest research on prevention!
Mission Statement and Values.
Our mission is to prevent and/or reduce the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Prevention for everyone. Everyone for prevention.
Read these testimonials from some successful DREAM alumni.
Watching the tutors from USM build meaningful relationships with the kids and with each other was special. It’s great to be involved with a program that can positively impact children and college students through drug prevention and education.Deborah Devore-Chatham
During my teenage years, DREAM shaped me to be a positive role model for my community. It taught me servant leadership and the importance of making sound choices. This has contributed to success in my adult years and the decision to choose a career that impacts young people to make the right decisions and positively affect their community through service.Michelle Leland