Established in 2004
After receiving countless letters and calls requesting donations, our founder, Jim Spencer, decided to begin a program to help single-parent families in need, and One Parent/One Dream was born. The response was overwhelming, with over 800 letters pouring in explaining, in heartbreaking detail, the needs of some of the people in the community.
“Our committee began reading through the letters to decide who would win,” explains Jim, “and before long, we were all in tears because of the need and desperation written on page after page of these letters. It broke our hearts, and we knew we had to do something. Something big. Something to show these people that we care enough to help.”
From there, the committee realized the great need and set out to give away a portion of every mattress sale to help provide a mattress set for a child in need. Several other Ashley HomeStore owners saw what Jim was doing and implemented it in their stores too. In 2010, Ashley Furniture Industries adopted the program and changed the name to A Hope to Dream, and began championing this worthy cause.
What Is Hope to Dream?
With every mattress we sell at Ashley HomeStore, we donate a portion of the sales to our Hope to Dream program. This program provides beds to children in need in communities all across the USA. Hope to Dream is the official charity of Ashley HomeStores across North America. Each month, children are selected to receive a bed set through this program. In addition, we partner with the Memphis Tigers Football Club, the Nashville Sounds Baseball Team, The Louisville Bats Baseball Team, The Ole Miss Rebels Athletic Teams, The Indianapolis Colts Football Team, the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team, and the Springfield Cardinals Baseball Team. Together, we host Hope to Dream events where the kids come to the arena/stadium for food, fun and games, and then are surprised with their very own bed at the end of the event.
From Jim’s vision to help families in need, the program has since evolved to become an international charity for Ashley Global Retail, the parent company of Ashley HomeStore. In the 8 years since the program went national, Ashley HomeStore has given away over 60,000 beds to children ranging in age from 3-16 years old. Never underestimate the power of a dream.
Better Sleep, Better Future
We will continue to grow this program so that one day, every child has the chance to dream big and see their wildest dreams come true. Sleep is such a crucial part in the growth and development of children. When they have a bed to call their own, the possibilities are endless. At Ashley HomeStore, we are giving children the opportunity to dream BIG. Every child deserves big dreams, together we can create them!