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  • The Evolution of a Revolution

    IMG_2796The Dream Center is entering the second year since it’s inception. We have had some wonderful experiences and some challenging moments.  Both are needed in an growing organization.  Especially in an organization that has serving others at it’s core and purpose.

    Every decision is based upon how we can find a need and fill it.  I recently attended the Peace Rally at the Heritage Center in Longview. Although there was not a lot of fanfare there was certainly agreement in those who attended that our community needs affirmative change.

    Mayor Dean addressed the crowd with the reality that it takes all of us to stop crime and all of us to bring affirmative change.

    That is why the Dream Center exists.  We exists to make a difference in a community that has a variety of complex problems.  Most of our community problems stem from poverty and a lack of knowledge.  I would also add that we suffer from a lack of action.

    The people who can do something, must!

    I will add a poem from Everett Hall

    I am only 1 but I am still 1, I cannot do everything but still, I can do something. And because I can’t do everything; I will not refuse to do the something I can!

    At the Dream Center we are searching for means and methods that will serve others and our community with excellence.  I recently was in the presence of one of our City Council Members.  He suggested we put a resource together with all the organizations that serve our citizens and when we give it out add a bus token to the resource.  We thought this was an incredible idea.

    He also told me that the city transportation service usage was up 11%.  This increase was a 11,000 added riders in 2015 from 2014. That is significant and means that we can provide a simple resource to those using our local transportation service. This is something we can begin in March or April.

    This also means that we have another method of providing a simple resource to those using our local transportation service.

     

    On the Move IMG_2758

    We are currently building new classrooms for Life-Skill classes.  Some of these classes include;  School of Music 101 for special needs kids, support groups, financial planning, and Marriage Enrichment.

    We have lots of work to do on the facility and certain programs. We are so thankful for what we are seeing.  We have many ideas to inculcate and many relationships to cultivate.

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

    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.

    We would love to have you attend an upcoming event as a guest or as a volunteer.

    You can also visit our website and check out additional opportunities!

    We would love to hear from you.

     

     

     

  • Mothers on Missions

    Untitled2The Dream Center has been so blessed to connect and unite with Mothers on Missions. Mothers on Missions is founded and operated by Chele Bass of Longview (left in the picture). Chele and Mothers on Missions is a huge part of the Dream Center and a vital part of the impact we are making in our city.

    The story of how Mothers on Missions was birthed is both profound and very interesting. Chele and Mothers on Missions has also seen both up and down days.  Chele has seen seasons without a home base.  She has walked through seasons of little or no financial support.  She has also seen times where all her clothes were stowed away in storage facilities costing hundreds of dollars a month.

    Chele has truly weathered the storms, stayed focused, and been every resilient in her efforts. She has also stayed committed to the vision and the plans that God placed in her heart. Mothers on Missions is truly making a difference at the Dream Center and for the City of Longview.

    Here is more of Chele’s story as told by her….

    Mothers on Missions is an outreach project for families who are in need of clothes. As a mother, my heart has always been to provide for my children and make sure that they are safe. There are thousands of mothers throughout the United States who can’t provide for their children. It amazes me the simple things that we sometimes take for granted. For someone in need, a simple pair of shoes can brighten a day and for someone in despair, a nice set of clothes can lift a spirit. That’s why Mothers on Missions was created.

    Mission: To share the love of Christ by providing clothing to every man, woman and child.

     

    On any given night in America, anywhere from 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless, according to estimates of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty. With the economy dwindling and employment rates dropping, the numbers of people who are taking to the streets without food, shelter or clothing are gradually increasing. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the recession will force 1.5 million more people into homelessness over the next two years.

    Untitled1God gave me a heart for this project in 2008 after visiting my son at the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California. The Dream Center reaches out to the needy through multiple ministries, but one in particular tugged at my heart. I couldn’t sleep one morning, I woke up and out my window I saw people lined up in front of the clothing store on campus. Hundreds of people are filtered through the store.

    They are allowed only 10 minutes to shop and are only allowed 10 items of clothing each. I remember seeing the faces of small children light up when they found a toy. The JOY of the Lord was in their little faces. I clearly heard the Lord speak to me that morning to bring this ministry back to Longview, Texas.

    Moto: Find a Need and Fill it….Find a Hurt and Heal it!

     

    In August 2008, we had our first “Party in the Park”. It was a huge success! In September 2008, I purchased my first storage unit to hold all the clothes that were being donated to us. Six years later, MOM’s landed in its permanent home at the Longview Dream Center. Since we joined with the Longview Dream Center in May 2014 thru December 2014, we have served 56,610 pieces of clothing to over 6,349 people in the local community of Longview, Texas. In total since August 2008, we have served 266,775 garments and given hope to thousands and thousands of people.

    Mothers on Missions is a home-missions project. Our desire is to help those in our own backyard. We are here to help people at all stages of life, and we’ve ministered to people of all ages, backgrounds, and situations. God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to others. — Chele Bass

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

    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.

    We would love to have you attend an upcoming event as a guest or volunteer.

    You can also visit our website and check out additional information.

    We would love to hear from you.

     

2 thoughts on “Mothers on Missions

  1. I just moved to town from out of state. I really need clothing. Do you have any requirements for the food and clothing or is it walk in?

    • Hello Sarah:

      You can come thru our clothing ministry Wednesday-Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. No, there are no requirements. Our food pantry operates on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of every month from 10:00am to 12:00pm. You will want to be there early to be sure to receive food, because it’s first come, first serve. If you are in an emergency situation with no food, you can come in Tuesday-Saturday 9-6 for a small emergency food box. We would love to serve you. Please call 903-653-1740 if you have any additional questions. Thank you!

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