Tulsa Dream Center: Doubling the dream
At BNSF, we’re not just operating in communities — we’re a part of them. So when the opportunity to donate toward the purchase of a second location for the Tulsa Dream Center arose, we were happy to help! The Tulsa Dream Center is a community center that serves Tulsans with programs to help build economic empowerment, provide access to education, increase health and wellness, and foster leadership. The Tulsa Dream Center is there to support anyone who walks through its doors, regardless of what their need may be.
“Given all that the Tulsa Dream Center is doing in the community, and the close proximity to our rail line, we want to be invested here,” Jeanelle Davis, BNSF’s executive director of Public Affairs for Texas and Oklahoma, said.
The Tulsa Dream Center is more than just a community center. In addition to serving members of the community who fall below the poverty line, the organization has a long-term mindset and aims to "do life" with the people and families they touch. With their success in North Tulsa, the organization saw there was a need to expand.
After trying to purchase land that was adjacent to the original Tulsa Dream Center without luck, the organization found an existing community center in West Tulsa that needed an owner. With help from the BNSF Railway Foundation and local supporters, the Tulsa Dream Center was able to make the purchase. The new west campus includes a gym, clinic, kitchen, warehouse and classrooms.
“The Tulsa Dream Center listens to what the community wants and needs, and they deliver that,” Davis said. “That is something really special and we are proud and excited to help the Tulsa Dream Center ‘double the dream.’”