DreamWeek San Antonio: 10 Days Of Celebration And Discussion
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It’s DreamWeek 2021! Here’s how you can get involved.
Anyone who lives in San Antonio (or who has just visited!) knows that Military City, USA boasts such a vibrant and rich culture because of the diverse cultures and communities that call it home. From those whose ancestors lived here long before the Alamo was even an idea to those who found their way here more recently, we are fortunate to live amongst a diverse mix of born-and-raised and transplant San Antonians.
Each year, these people, who come from all walks of life, come together to celebrate, discuss, and advocate for the people of San Antonio during one of our favorite events of the year: DreamWeek!
What Is DreamWeek?
DreamWeek is a 10-day series of events dedicated to celebrating and uplifting the people of San Antonio. Framing Martin Luther King Jr. Day, DreamWeek is a city-wide summit created to address universal issues facing San Antonio’s multicultural community by advancing and modernizing the teachings of Dr. King’s vision. Think, tolerance. Think, multi-cultural and inter-community dialogue. Think, exchanging ideas to advance diversity and equality. It’s a big mission, no doubt, but it’s one that San Antonio is dedicated to furthering together.
The 10-day schedule of events includes a jam-packed series of celebrations, speaking engagements, mixers, and events to foster discussion and exchange…and most are free admission! Each day is dedicated to a different theme: City, Sports, Cuisine, Health, Energy, Technology, Education, Arts, Youth, Spirit, Justice, and Business.
With six to eighteen events every day, DreamWeek truly offers something fun and interesting for everyone. Because there’s no way we can attend eighteen events in one day, here’s a list of just a few of the events we can’t wait for!
Sing along with famous songs from the Civil Rights and #BLM movements!
Saturday, January 16, 3:00-4:30pm
Master Portrait Artist Kevin G. Saunders showcases his fine art portraits of San Antonio’s leaders.
Saturday, January 16, 6:00-9:00pm
The ultimate panel discussion for anyone who’s ever struggled to answer the question, “Where are you from?”
Saturday, January 23, 6:00-7:30 pm
Free training in the myths and facts of masculinity, self-esteem, and identity, and how we can continue to support male survivors during their recovery.
Thursday, January 14, 10:00-11:00 am
Join the discussion on how poetry can create connections for refugees and others facing trauma and displacement.
Friday, January 22, 11:00am-12:30pm
And that’s just a start! There are film screenings, theatrical productions, art exhibits, tea parties, panel discussions, workshops, and more!
This year, of course, the regular schedule of events is transitioning to a virtual platform, and you can join in on the movement by registering for any of the DreamWeek 2021 events on their website!
Endeavors And DreamWeek 2021
The Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center is thrilled to participate in DreamWeek 2021 by hosting a diverse virtual panel discussion on January 21st! The panel will address COVID-19, its effects on the overall wellness across communities in Texas and San Antonio, and the possible solutions to overcome those effects. We’re calling it “The State Of Wellness In The Time Of Covid” and diving into resiliency and quality of life during and after an unprecedented pandemic. Our panelists will be discussing the importance of mental, emotional, and physical health and how our programs can bring wellness to those who pursue it.
“We strive every day to educate others on the importance of ‘Choosing Wellness,’” says Margarita Ochoa-Smith, Director of Mental Health and Wellness at the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center in San Antonio. Wellness, she continues, “may look or be different for each person. We also promote the value that every person is deserving to be free of suffering and have improved quality of life, regardless of skin color, gender identity, or socioeconomic status.”
The panel will be moderated by our very own Dr. Jill Palmer, and panelists include:
- Dequindra Quinn, Family Nurse Practitioner at Care Clinic in Detroit and CEO/Founder of Restoration Health, LLC
- Dr. Amy Kemter, LCSW-S, DWS, Therapist, and Director of Clinical Operations at Street2Feet, and Clinical Supervisor for Methodist Healthcare System Clinicians
- Dr. George A. Williams, Jr., PhD., Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Education at Our Lady of the Lake University
- Margarita Ochoa-Smith, LPC, LCDC, ICADC, Director of Mental Health and Wellness at Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center
Join us for an educational and thoughtful discussion of how we can all work towards a stronger and healthier tomorrow for the entire San Antonio community. This event is free to the public and is being held virtually, so please join us on Thursday, January 21 at 11:30 am (CST). You can learn more and register here!
What Is The Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center?
The Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center in San Antonio is a state-of-the-art holistic wellness center for post-9/11 Veterans and their families. The Wellness Center offers a wide array of services to clients (at little or no cost), including:
- Mental Health: psychiatric services and medication management, evidence-based psychotherapy, Telehealth, group therapy, art therapy, and intensive outpatient therapy.
- Physical Health: health coaching and screenings, nutritional support, individual exercise equipment, group fitness, yoga, and tai chi.
- Holistic Health: massage therapy, acupuncture, mindfulness and meditation classes, and functional medicine treatment.
In addition, the center offers wellness education and supportive services that include:
- Support Groups
- Client Educational Classes
- Professional Development Trainings
- Peer Support
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Drop-in Childcare
To learn more about the Endeavors Veterans Wellness Center and the services we are currently offering virtually, click here.
Endeavors is a longstanding national non-profit that provides an array of programs and services in support of children, families, Veterans, and those struggling with mental illness and other disabilities. Endeavors serves vulnerable people in crisis through innovative personalized services. For more information, please visit www.endeavors.org.