Downs Designs Dreams is a 501(c)3 Corporation
8796 Tyler Blvd.
Mentor, Oh 44060
Downs Designs Dreams Purpose Statement
Downs Designs Dreams (Dreams) advocates disability awareness and promotes independence and instills confidence by donating a special clothing line. Dreams seeks to be recognized nationwide as a leading advocate and service provider for people living with permanent or temporary disabilities. Dreams also seeks to establish itself as the standard of excellence for community engagement in education, advocacy, service and fundraising through its Adopt-a-Jean® programs. Downs Designs Dreams is a 501(c)3 corporation.
Adopt-A-Jean® Friday - You may be asking what is Adopt-A-Jean® Friday. This program allows anyone to request a pair of our jeans be donated to someone they know or love. It can be their child, a relative, a friend, a student, or someone in their care. They submit a story about that person that explains their daily clothing struggles and how our pants would make a difference. We select two recipients every Friday. Once we have chosen the recipient, we contact them immediate to get their sizing information. We then send them several jeans to try on in the privacy of their own home. We provide all the shipping back and forth as well. When they have found the proper fit, they mark them for hemming or any other alteration, return them to us, we make the alterations and then ship them back to them, ready to wear!
Then we post their story on our web page to help educate others about their constant clothing challenges. This helps build awareness and at the same time helps the recipient have more confidence and independence because he is wearing a pair of jeans that addresses many of their clothing challenges.
Support-A-Veteran/Adopt-A-Jean® The Support-A-Veteran /Adopt-A-Jean® Program continues our mission to help more elderly, disabled, and wounded veterans gain fashionable dressing solutions by donating our NBZ® Jeans. The program honors individual submissions through the Adopt-A-Jean® Friday Program and is also actively engaged in connecting with veteran groups, VA hospitals, and veteran organizations in order to assist larger veteran populations.
Looking Toward the Future
We have come so far since we started and we are excited for what the future holds for us at Downs Designs Dreams. The public's support has been amazing and we appreciate all your words of encouragement. Please help us spread the word about our business to your family, friends and community groups.
Downs Designs Dreams
Message from Karen Bowersox:
As we turn the pages to the next chapter of this journey, do you wonder what’s next? Well, we've built the foundation of our company on our Adopt-A-Jean® Friday program. We donate our jeans to families in need. Through this program, we hope to educate those who may not realize all the clothing challenges that people face when they or a loved one has a disability. We also are involved with our wounded and disabled veterans. We hundreds of pairs to several Veterans Hospitals.
We do this through donations to our Adopt-A-Jean® Friday program and our Support-A-Veteran/Adopt-A-Jean® Program. We need your support so please consider a donation to either of these programs.
Go to the Adopt-A-Jean® section on our website and find out more about how you can help!
Your donation is fully tax deductible and your donation is 100% paid toward the mission.
Effective January 21, 2015, our DLN# is 17053202303025
Meet our Downs Designs Dreams' Board of Directors
Susan Peters – Board Chair-Board of Directors
Ms. Peters has 25 years’ experience in fundraising, grant writing, and event planning. She currently serves as Volunteer Service Manager of Hospice of the Western Reserve and former Program Director of J.D. Breast Cancer Foundation.
Tisha Mochan – Board Secretary-Board of Directors
Ms. Mochan is an Intervention Specialist for adolescent students. She currently works for LaMuth Middle School in Lake County Township, Ohio. She has worked with children with special needs for over 15 years and has prior non-profit board experience.
Karen Bowersox – Executive Director and Director-Board of Directors
Ms. Bowersox is Executive Director for Downs Designs Dreams. She is the founder and owner of Downs Designs®, Inc. and NBZ® Jeans, Inc. She began building these organizations to make adaptive wear solutions in 2009. Ms. Bowersox has extensive organizational management experience including medical practice management and small business management.
Dr. Harold Bowersox – Director-Board of Directors
Dr. Bowersox is a Board Certified Family Practice Osteopathic Physician and has 50 years’ experience in his field of medicine and has specialized in Integrative Medicine for over 20 years. He has worked with many patients with disabilities and has vast experience in dealing with individuals with Down syndrome and autism. He is currently employed by Lake Hospitals Systems in Lake County, Ohio. He also has an MBA and JD degree.
Trenton Tipton-Fletcher - Director-Board of Directors
Mr. Tipton-Fletcher owns and operates a small business consulting firm. He currently works with over a dozen businesses in a variety of industries. Mr. Tipton-Fletcher is a past Board President of the country's second largest Montessori school - Ruffing Montessori School of Cleveland Heights, Ohio - and has extensive non-profit experience. He also provides financial management services to the Corporation.
Chester Karchefsky, Jr. – Director-Board of Directors
Mr. Karchefsky is a Senior Director and Energy Consultant. His experience in marketing is invaluable to the Corporation and he has served on numerous non-profit boards in the past. He is a graduate Ohio State University and is currently employed by Amerex Energy Services, Cleveland, Ohio.
Adam Rosplock, Esq – Director-Board of Directors
Mr. Rosplock is a practicing attorney in Willoughby, Ohio. A large portion of his practice is in non-profit corporation work. He currently serves as Secretary on the Executive Board and is Past Treasurer and President.