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  • Moving the Bar

    aaaYou have obviously heard the term “move the bar.” It is a actually a reference to a high jump event. Every time the jumper makes is over a certain height they move the bar higher. Symbolically it also means advancement.  It means the jumper is going higher.

    Well, we believe the Dream Center is going higher.  We also know that higher does not necessarily mean better.  But it does mean we have opportunity.

    The Dream Center has a major opportunity to make a difference in our city and county.  We are reaching into our community to fight hunger and to offer food assistance to those in need.

    The Food Assistance Program gives us the opportunity to make friends and to meet other needs.  We believe we are doing more than provide food.

    We are watching hope arise in the hearts of people as they see an organization like ours assisting people.  This is what makes us tick.

     

    For us the bar moves higher when we see a twinkle in an eye, a smile that shifts from a frown, or a genuine thank you.  This is not why we serve, it’s just the icing on the cake.

    We want to move the bar on our LifeSource Program (food assistance) in the coming months.  We believe the bar can be moved not by serving more people, but by serving them with greater compassion and care.  We also know another way to raise the bar is to connect on a deeper level.  We achieve this by listening more and talking less.

    Volunteer SpotlightPaul_n

    Our volunteer spotlight features Paul Maxie. Paul is an incredible young man with a heart to see community change.  He serves tirelessly at the Dream Center on a regular basis. He serves wherever he is needed on a day to day basis.  His duties include maintenance, cleanup, picking up and delivering goods.

    Paul also leads our Acts Project as the Team Captain.  The Acts Project Team handles community projects in Gregg County and surrounding area.  Their primary goal is to do acts of service for single mom’s, the disabled, and widowers.  Paul leads our team in primarily handy-man style projects and things such as ramps, and small household repairs.

    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 our website and check out other great opportunities!

    Please leave a comment.

    We would love to hear from you.

     

  • 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.

     

     

     

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