DreamTree Project and Burger Stand Team Up to Raise Funds, Awareness and Glasses!

December 26, 2018 (Taos, NM) -- The idea to blend business and philanthropy hit Darien Fernandez as an opportunity to marry his roles as a Town of Taos Council Member and the Manager at The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House. What he came up with, “The Burger Stand Gives Back,” is series of dinners benefitting local non-profits and highlighting organic wines available at the Burger Stand.

“We make great food, we know great winemakers and we love to support wonderful non-profits doing great work,” said Fernandez.

On January 24th at 7pm, The Burger Stand at Taos Ale House will host the first of the series as a benefit for DreamTree Project, a youth emergency shelter and transitional living program serving Northern New Mexico.

PM Wine Distribution, the only wine distributor in New Mexico focused on natural wines, will pair each course with a curated organic wine chosen for the meal.

“We think together we can raise $2,000 for them” said Fernandez.

It’s money that DreamTree Project intends to put to good use.

“Each year approximately 450 youth in our region find themselves without access to safe, secure shelter, and the number of those who seek shelter at DreamTree Project has more than doubled in the past five years,” according to Irene Loy, DreamTree’s Development and Outreach Coordinator.

To address this growth, earlier this year, DreamTree Project launched a renovation to increase the number of homeless youth they are able to house in the Emergency Youth Shelter. The plan will increase the capacity of the shelter from 8 to 12 beds, a 50 percent increase in DreamTree’s capacity to house and support local youth in crisis. The plan includes relocating the administrative offices adjacent to the shelter, renovating the vacated offices to accommodate more youth, and making several safety and ADA compliance improvements around the campus.

The DreamTree Project Emergency Youth Shelter is open 24-7, to youth ages 12 to 17.

In 2018, DreamTree was awarded three AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) teams, volunteers aged 18 to 24 who contributed significantly to the renovation project.

“We are grateful for the assistance we have received from our AmeriCorps team and we’re excited to host a grand opening in early 2019,” said Catherine Hummel, Executive Director at DreamTree Project.

Renovations are expected to wrap in early 2019. Donations from individual donors are also welcome to bring the renovation to fruition.

“With help like that from the Burger Stand at Taos Ale House and the community at large we can ensure our area’s youth have access not only to shelter — but to a second chance,” said Loy.

There are only 75 tickets available for this event, they can be purchased at the Ale House or by emailing events@dreamtreeproject.org.