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  • 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.

     

  • Take a Chance

    dream center copyAfter operating thew Dream Center for several months we are highly stoked about the progress and the potential.  The first few months were trying and challenging. We found ourselves over 20,000.00 in bill debt and had failed to gather any regular monthly contributors.

    Fact is without a friend who supported us we would have closed the doors after 90 days of operation.

    Easy to see that we birthed the Dream Center without a strong business plan and a poor financial model. Fact remains, if we were to do this again we probably would not do it at all ,and we do not suggest others to take this risk.

    We did actually put together an estimated budget and a cost analysis on the facility. However, due to our lack of knowledge and lack of pursuing deeper insight our cost analysis was 50% below actual monthly expenditures.

    Thank God we held onto the bare truth that we were called to do this.  That was certain reality in our heart.  We were also very sincere in our desire, but you can be sincere and end up sincerely wrong and sincerely fail.

    We decided to stand together, pray together, and just refuse to quit!

    It seems we have entered a new season.  Opportunities are arising in the community. Organizations are offering support, donations, and discounts. Pastors are inquiring for details.  Volunteers are joining us from a variety of places.  The Christian community is beginning to get involved.

    We have certainly not arrived, but things are turning around.  We have many to thank and are eternally grateful for what we are seeing and sensing.

    Our Programs

     

    Senior Box Program – we recently added the Senior Box program in conjunction with the East Texas Food Bank.  They provide the food and we provide the administration, volunteers, and the love for our Senior’s. We serve the Senior’s the first Wednesday of every month.  We curently have 120 Senior Citizens enrolled in the program.

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    Mothers on Mission – continues to do incredible things at the Dream Center.  Every month they are setting record for free clothing being distributed. We are presently serving over 9,000 free items given every month!  Incredible!!

     The Acts Project

     

    This is our most recent program and it has been very rewarding.  We have competed 3 projects for home owners including a recent ramp project.  We have scheduled another ramp repair for a home in our region.  These projects assist those without funds or the ability to repair their homes.  We specialize in ramps, or simple home repairs inside and outside the residence.

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     Recent Thanksgiving Drive

     

    One of our leaders believed we could donate 300 Turkeys to families in need.  This would happen only if the funds were available.  The estimated cost was over 3,000.00 dollars and we did not have the money.  We actually had no funds available for this.  We simply believed we could do it and moved forward.

    We want to report, that thanks to many individuals, organizations and churches we saw that dream come true. We actually served a full thanksgiving meal with turkeys to 337 families.  It was an incredible thing to see.  We also experienced over 50 volunteers from all across Longview serve at this spectacular event.

    What’s Next

     

    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.  Marriage Enrichment begins in January 2015.

    We have lots of work to do on the facility and certain programs. We are planning on looking into some positive changes on our LifeSource Program and improving other areas.

    We are so thankful for what we are seeing.  We have many ideas to inculcate and many relationships to cultivate.

    Our desire is to improve every program and develop a stronger volunteer base.  We also want to increase our ability to engage with our community and other community organizations.

    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 onthe 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.

     

     

4 thoughts on “Take a Chance

  1. I have clothes for a baby boy, bottles, blankets, little girls clothing, mens jackets, and some mens and womens clothing that I would love to donate!

    • Hello Brandy:

      We would love to accept your items for our clothing ministry. You can drop them off at the Dream Center Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 to 6:00 or Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00. Generally there is someone to help unload your items and we can provide a donation receipt for tax purposes as well. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you for contacting us!

  2. I also visited the Los Angeles Dream Center on a missions with my Church in Austin, TX and we were most impacted by the feeding programs and adopt a block. We came back and implemented adopt a block and took our current food pantry to the next level. Last year I was able to tour the Lubbock Dream Center with my pastors who had relocated to Lubbock from Austin. I will be visiting a precious family in Longview next month and would love to tour your facility and possibly volunteer? It is our dream to have a Dream Center in Austin. Blessings and thank you sincerely for serving the community!!!

    • Hello Shari:

      That is so awesome about the Lubbock Dream Center. We would love for you to visit and tour our facility. You are always welcome to volunteer! I would love to meet you when you come to Longview. My name is Shonna Barlow and I am the Director at the Longview Dream Center. I oversee our programs and operations at the Longview Dream Center. Here is my cell phone number, 903-746-9946. Please feel free to contact me when you get to town and we will set a time to meet. Generally I’m in and out all day Tuesday-Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm and every other Saturday from 9-1. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

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