The Dreamer & Founder

A Letter from Dion

A healthier, brighter future for my community

One of my most profound childhood memories happened when I was in 5th grade. It was my turn that day for friends to play at my house after school.  As we approached my home, I noticed that the sheriffs were in the process of evicting my family and throwing our belongings in the alley.  As my heart hurt and my pre-teen brain exploded, something happened that has shaped my perception of human kindness.  My friends moved our furniture to the side and we played basketball. The eviction was never mentioned.

20 years later, I’m proud to say I’m paying it forward through the creation of my non-profit, Dion’s Chicago Dream.

The Dream is simple: To challenge the idea of solving food insecurity through transparent operations, consistent quality, and a deep commitment to the community I come from.

I am a Black man, born and raised on Chicago’s south side. As a proud son of Englewood, I’ve experienced and witnessed the gambit of human hardship— poverty, gang violence, PTSD, heartbreak, drug addiction, racism, inequality, cancer, suicide, and more. I’ve felt the rumble of hunger, the yearning in food insecurity, and the loneliness of depression.

These experiences armed me with awareness, empathy, and universal love, which guide my desire for a more equitable and equal world, a world where everyone feels a sense of worth, belonging, and purpose.

The Dream Team is our community of residents, donors, supporters, and believers who have donated time, resources, love, and money to the Dream. It is through our collective strength that we are shifting the perceptions of nutritional philanthropy. I hope my personal story will move you to join our fight and make a real difference in the communities we serve.

Welcome! I’m honored to have you join our Dream Team.

Help Feed Families. Help Create Community. Help Fuel Hope

The Dream Team

J.A.B. Produce

J.A.B., a wholesaler and distributor of fresh produce, partners with the finest growers from around the world to supply customers with the best selection of the highest quality fruits and vegetables. Through our partnership with J.A.B., pre-packaged boxes of fresh, high-quality produce are ready for our Dream Deliveries. Every pound supplied is brand new produce that ends up at the door of the community’s most vulnerable residents.

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Nataly Moreno

Operations

Nataly Moreno is an operation and community relations wizard, possessing more than seven years of multi-level experience. Her focus, ability to multitask, and love to help people allows her to easily lead and stand out on the Dream Team. Nataly joined Dion’s Chicago Dream with the vision and drive to expand our Non-Profit Organization, and is focused on developing the organization with experience and integrity.

CONSTANCE STRICKLAND

Administrative Manager

Experienced, trustworthy, fun. These are just a few of the ways coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Constance Strickland is truly a joy to be around and makes it a pleasure to come to work every single day. Constance has more than 15 years of administrative experience, with a focus on filing, customer service, and record-keeping.

Rosanne Lush

CRM Administrator

Rosanne Lush, CRM Administrator, is enthusiastic, passionate, and energetic. With a wealth of CRM and database management strengths in the non-profit, federal, and private sectors, her talents are tailor-made for the Dream Team. Personally, she ensures there is an environment where every individual is valued and supported. Her approach is centered on building consensus through empathy. Bikes, animals, and popcorn are the fuel as she conquers the world using her brand of justice.