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  • Amazing Things

    LifeSourceThe Dream Center continues to grow, expand, and is quickly becoming a source of hope to Longview. Since bringing LifeSource into the Dream Center from LifeBridge we have seen a 130% increase.  We are currently serving over 400 families a month.  At LifeBridge we were serving about 150 families monthly.  So many are receiving hope through the LifeSource program.

    We have also added an additional Food Assistance program. The program is called the Senior Program.

    We have a great team serving our Senior Citizens in Gregg County.

    Our partners in the Senior Partners Program is the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler. They provide the food and we provide the location, the volunteers, and the love.  We are currently serving 120 senior citizens each month.  Our serving day is the first Wednesday of every month from 9a-12 noon. Everett Rutherford and Shonna Barlow lead this team and the administration.  This is an awesome opportunity for us to love and serve the Senior’s of our community.

    As many of you know we also added The Acts Project Program in October.  The Acts Project is the former Adopt the Block.  We simply changed the name. The first Acts Project was a huge success.  Paul Maxie and James Hall led this team. The team installed a drain to stop water from flooding the garage of a Senior Citizen. We are so excited about serving our community in this manner.

    We have several new projects for November. Serve Saturday for the Acts Project is Saturday November 2nd. We meet at the Dream Center at 803 Gilmer Road 8:30 am. We would love to have you join our team.

    So Thankful

    The Dream Center has been very blessed to receive a variety of gifts. The most recent was from Lowe’s.  Lowe’s was so gracious to donate thousands of dollars of supplies to accommodate our in-house construction project. We are currently building classrooms. The classrooms will be used to teach Life Skills and empower people for life-change. We hope to have the rooms completed by January 15, 2015. If you have carpenter skills and would like to volunteer, please call 903.653.1740. If you call please ask for Shonna.

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    Let’s complete this post with sharing some wonderful thoughts about one of our volunteers.  Her name is Shonna Barlow. Shonna is the wife of Judson Barlow. Judson and Shonna are both wonderful people that care about others and serve in a variety of places.

    Shonna is the Executive Administrator at the Dream Center.

     

    Her profile primarily includes handling the finances, paying all the accounts payable, and scheduling the volunteers.  That is a handful of duty and obligation.  But the truth is; she does everything from manage the store front to stocking the shelves at the LDC Thrift Store.

    IMG_1429Shonna has proven to be a servant of servants. She worked for months with no or little compensation. She serves relentlessly and with passion.  She loves the Dream Center and the vision we have to reach our community and empower people.

    She has a dream to work for the Dream Center for many years to come.

    The Dream Center would not be where it is today without the sacrifice of Shonna and her family. You can send Shonna a note of appreciation at her Facebook page.

    There is much to be done. Programs to be added.  Many to serve!

     

    Our greatest challenge is financial.  We have a vision to expand our feeding program to Gregg County.  This would mean an increase of  500.00 – 1,000.00 dollars additional support every month. We also are challenged to raise funds for the Acts Project.  Just the simple funding of supplies like gasoline, oil, water, and accessories.

    The Dream Center is a costly adventure. We operate trucks, vans, and people. We have insurance, repairs, and supplies.  All of this is so necessary for us to serve our community and empower others.

    You can support us in a variety of ways.

     

    Allow us to give you a personal invitation to get involved at the Longview Dream Center.  Our desire is to unite the sacred with the secular.  And that means we desire to connect with churches, organizations, businesses, Pastors, and individuals.

    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.

    We would love to have you join us for an upcoming event.

    Visit the website and check out other great opportunities!

    Please leave a comment. We would love to hear from you.

     

     

     

  • Remember

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    Do you remember when the Dream Center had no signs?

     

     

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    Do you remember when we had no bread truck?

     

     

     

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    Do you remember when we had no carpet?

     

     

     

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    Do you remember when we had no pallet jack?

     

     

    There is an awesome power in remembering. When we remember it empowers our faith and releases our hope. To remember causes us to look at our things and remember that it started as only a dream.  To look back and at then forward releases hope for the future, because we see where we are were and where we are NOW!

    As I look back I remember when we were only 18 days away from having no money and held over 8,000.00 dollars worth of unpaid bills. I remember thinking that we possibly weren’t going to make it.

    I also remember reminding God that the Dream Center was his idea and not only mine.

    We are now seeing some awesome things happen.  This week we will launch 2 new programs. The Senior Feeding Program and The Acts Project.

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    The Senior Program is a partnership with the East Texas Food Bank. They provide the food and we provide the location and the volunteers. We will be serving the families of 120 senior citizens.  This is an awesome opportunity for us to love and serve the Senior’s of our community.

    The second program we begin this week is The Acts Project.  The Acts Project is the former Adopt the Block.  We simply changed the name. The Acts Project launches this Saturday at 8:30 am.  We are meeting at 803 Gilmer Road.  Paul Maxie and James Hall will be leading this team.  Our first project is to do a home project for a Senior citizen in the Pine Tree area.

    Update and Vital Information

    We continue to be amazed at the awesome things happening at the Dream Center.  There is also a variety of small groups meeting at our facility and more coming.

    Mother’s On Missions continues to make a major impact at the Dream Center.  Mom’s has been serving our community for several years and has made a major impact in providing free clothing for families.

    Allow us to give you a personal invitation to get involved at the Longview Dream Center.  Our desire is to unite the sacred with the secular.  And that means we desire to connect with churches, organizations, businesses, Pastors, and individuals.

    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.

    We would love to have you join us for an upcoming event.

    Visit the website and check out other great opportunities!

    Please leave a comment. We would love to hear from you.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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