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  • The Real Need to Answer Why

    why“What” we are doing is obvious.  It is seen by the activity we are involved with.  If we are changing a tire it is quite easy to see. But to know “why” is not always obvious. It may be that we had a flat or the tire was totally used up.  There are also lots of other why’s we could apply to the scenario.

    “Why” is one of life’s most important questions. When we know “why” we know the inside story and the purpose behind the action. Knowing the “why” to something opens the door to discovery, passion, and purpose.

    Why are we feeding 400 families a month? 

    The Dream Center began due to the extreme poverty in our area and seeing the condition of impoverished families. This poverty is not only physical but generational and pervasive in our East Texas culture. We are working fluidly to create assistance for goods, programs and education for these families. This poverty cannot be broken by simply providing food and clothes but must be countered with programs and Life Skills that break the poverty cycle.

    We must also break the cycles of low self worth and generational cycles that permeate the hearts of East Texas. Confidence can be imparted along with skills that prepare the learner for jobs and employment. At the Dream Center we have started our goals to break poverty by providing food and clothes that form a relational foundation of trust and care. Through providing needed resources we have found an entrance of trust that enables us to go deeper into our clients struggles.

    Why are we so focused on helping others?lady

    Our LifeSource Food Program serves a variety of families. One of our primary clients are grandmothers raising children. We estimate that a large portion of our food clients are in this category.   The struggle with this segment of society is they are locked into a desperate situation. The struggle includes age limitations and no possible means to enter back into the job market. Most of these grandmothers are past the age of employment and their retirement funds are either social security or low-income pensions. The need is obvious.

    Why are we needed?

    The things we have previously accomplished reveal the need.

    • Distributed over 37,560 pounds of food in 2014
    • Provided food for over 4,000 families in Gregg County.
    • Hosted 720 volunteers in the city of Longview
    • Logged a total of 17,000 volunteer hours.
    • Started the Senior Box Food Program for East Texas
    • Currently serving over 100 Senior’s a healthy box of food every month.

    Why do want to do more?

    We must also break the cycles of low self worth and generational cycles of poverty that permeate the hearts of East Texans. We believe we can give hope and instill confidence through life skills classes.  These classes will empower people to become gainfully employed and stand on their own in the future.

    We are very close to finishing our Life Skills Classroom.  This has been an both an exciting and challenging project. It has taken us several months to make this a reality.  At times it has seemed like it would not happen. We have remodeled the room, purchased all new equipment and recruited our exceptional teachers.

    IMG_0967We are seeking a 5 Star Partner to sponsor for our LifeSkills Classroom at the Dream Center. This partnership also includes endorsing our computer classroom after your company and hanging a beautiful large banner with your name or company name in our facility and in the classroom.  For information to sponsor this program please contact Shonna Barlow at 903.653.1740.

    If you would like to serve at the Dream Center just click here.

    If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects or programs simply click on this then click on the Paypal link.paypal

    We would love to have you become a volunteer with US!

    You can also check out more opportunities by visiting our website.

    We would love to hear from you.

    Please leave a comment on how the Dream Center has blessed your life or family.

  • The Joy of Empowering Others

    worldOur world is filled with great people and great organizations.  The difference in good and great can be defined by the goals and values of the company or business. Nothing wrong with making large profits and being a “for profit” organization.  The truth is that many “for profit” companies are the back-bone and under support of non-profits.  Most non-profits are sustained by the “for profit” businesses and businessmen and women both locally and around the world.

    We are so endeared to our donors and the people who make the Dream Center a success.  As shared above most of our support comes from the hard working people in everyday life and a few local businesses.

    At the Dream Center we put every dollar to work in serving our city and empowering our clients and customers.

    We are very excited about our next endeavor.  We are very close to finishing our Life Skills Classroom.  This has been an both an exciting and challenging project. It has taken us several months to make this a reality.  At times it has seemed like it would not happen. We have remodeled the room, purchased all new equipment and recruited teachers.

    Here are some pictures.

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    As you can tell our room is totally remodeled. The desk are brand new. We ordered our new projector and screen and it will be installed in a few days.  The classes are scheduled to begin in early June.  We also have several organizations that are excited about our program and the potential of  empowering others.

    Here is a recent email sent to our Sabrina Freeman.

    We now have a new friend within East Texas Workforce Solutions!  Her name is Irene (I cannot spell her last name!) She found out about our Computer 101 classes. Irene shared with me that many people that rely on the Workforce to help them find jobs do not have many computer skills and are very apprehensive about trying.  She is aware of only one other place in town that offered free computer classes and was very excited about our class as a resource for the community!  Additionally, when she found out that my objective for the Microsoft Office class is to make people be prepared for employment, including resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, etc. She offered to collaborate with me and come in at the end of the computer class to give that kind of guidance to the students since she is the expert!

    This connection to East Texas Workforce Solutions is a key connection in our desire to empower and equip others. 

    IMG_3173We are also uniting our efforts with Max Clement.  Max is the owner of Competitive Point Solutions and is donating his time, some equipment, and doing the installation free of charge.

    We are seeking a 5 Star Partner to sponsor our Computer Classroom at the Dream Center. This partnership also includes naming our computer classroom after your company and hanging a beautiful large banner with your name or company name in our facility and in the classroom.  For information to sponsor this program please contact Shonna Barlow at 903.653.1740.

    If you would like to serve at the Dream Center just click here.

    If you would like to make a donation to one of our projects or programs simply click on this then click on the Paypal link.paypal

    We would love to have you become a volunteer with US!

    You can also check out more opportunities by visiting our website.

    We would love to hear from you.

    Please leave a comment on how the Dream Center has blessed your life or family.

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