Our Story

Sheila Prosser, along with her husband and four children, moved to North Carolina in 1985.  Their family came to find a church home at Knightdale United Methodist very quickly.

In February 2010, a massive 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti and Sheila sought out opportunities to help in any way she could.  Her international relief efforts turned local in April 2010 when several tornadoes tore through much of Wake County.  “My involvements with UMCOR and community disaster relief helped me to recognize that mission is often right outside our back doors,” Sheila recalls.

For a while, she struggled with this calling to help her community.  Through much prayerful consideration, she was reminded of the coat Jacob gave to his son, Joseph, in Genesis 37.  Just as this coat was given in love, Sheila was given a desire to show God’s love to her community by meeting tangible needs like clothing, food, and other essentials.

Thus, Dream Coat was born as a 501(c)(3) in June 2011 and has been serving the people of Eastern Wake County ever since.  The thrift store opened in April 2012 and provides enough revenue to keep us at work in the community providing affordable clothing and housewares, while covering operating expenses.

As an organization, our desire is to help our neighbors rebuild their lives following whatever crisis they have been through, whether that be homelessness, poverty, or natural disaster.  We hope you will join our mission!  Visit our Volunteer or Give pages to get involved!