Recent News

  • Steady as She Goes

    boatAs an organization we continue to grow and strive to improve our programs.  We have also chosen to do a few things well rather than many things poorly.
    We have had many opportunities to grow programs or add activities to the center but we have rather chosen to get better with what we have. We are also totally focused on the vision of the Dream Center and who we are called to reach. We have learned that our vision makes our decisions.If we are outside of our vision plan then we are away from our original purpose. 

    We desire to stay in the center of our purpose and within the sphere of our original intention.

    As many of you know we recently added our new computer classes to the Dream Center schedule.  This has been so important to us because we desire to provide both needs and services.  We are focused on meeting needs and empowering people to new levels of self sufficiency.

    The class has been so inspiring and especially to our teacher Sabrina Freeman.  Sabrina teaches our classes and has been in awe of the results and the students.

    Here are Sabrina’s thoughts.

    IMG_0770We are going on our fourth week here at Longview Dream Center’s Computer 101 Class.  The class started off somewhat slow and has had some changes in the student roster.  However, the class is now completely filled with a diverse group of students. 

    Each student has their own story and their own personal need for taking this class, but it can definitely be said that each and every one of them is excited to learn these skills to improve their lives!

    The first unit that Computer 101 is currently learning is typing and Microsoft Word.  It was decided to teach these two skills in parallel to one another as learning Microsoft Word will reinforce the typing skills and vice versa.  The Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing software that was purchased for the computer lab has been a dream.  There are at least three students that have already shown typing speed increases of 10 words per minute!  That is huge when you consider that several of these students rarely, if ever, have an opportunity to work on a desktop computer and really have now only been on one for a few hours total working time.

    IMG_0967The smiles and expressions of delight that are seen and heard during a class when something new is learned has been a blessing to all involved.  Everyone is truly motivated to continue this class and each student’s level of confidence is steadily increasing as they become more proficient on the computer.  This class has gone from a vision to a reality in a community where the need is great and the benefits are life changing!

     As you read you can almost feel Sabrina’s excitement and our organization sees this as another step toward the dreams of the Longview Dream Center.

     We are committed to make an impact and to make a difference in our city as we endeavor to inspire others to join us to make a better Longview and East Texas. What can you do?

    1. You can make a donation at www.longviewdreamcenter.com
    2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation
    3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger
    4. You can volunteer at the Dream Center almost any day of the week

    Contact Us

    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.

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

    We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

  • Fighting Hunger, Touching Hearts

    olddaysThings have changed since I was a child.  I remember leaving home early in the morning and returning to the house just before supper.  This was back in the days.  The days when a kid could roam the streets safely, ride their bikes in the neighborhoods for miles and miles, and anybody would feed us lunch because we were from the same community.

    The famous African Proverb of “it takes a village to raise a child is still true.” 

    The struggle today is our communities are no longer safe.  Kids have to be watched and protected from predators. Oftentimes the predators are of own household.  There is no doubt that children today are a major concern, even in most American cities.

    We have experienced the child molestation epidemic and now it has come to our attention that kids are being trafficked, sold, and used as sex toys. We used to think that this was done only in foreign countries and potentially in large cities like LA, Detroit,or Chicago. 

    Most recently we have discovered that sex trafficking has been happening in many communities both large and small.  It has surfaced and been rumored to my desk that some parents are selling their kids bodies for the exchange of drugs.  

    These scenarios are brutally true and most of us are unaware.  These disgusting selfish acts are often hidden in poverty stricken areas and done mostly in the shadows and under the cover of darkness.  If these hideous acts are not enough we have another hidden enemy in our community.  It is the enemy called hunger. 

    Hunger is also a silent hidden enemy and we cannot compare the effects of it to the devastation of sex trafficking. 

    But can we minimize the agony of a hungry child by facing this grave reality and taking a positive action against hunger.

    It is hard to fathom that we have hungry kids in our neighborhoods right here in Gregg County.  Here are the actual stats from our county records.

    Income is 9.6% less than the national average.

    19.3% of people live in food insecure homes.

    24.2% of children live in these same homes.
    That’s 7520 children at risk of hunger every day in Gregg County.
     
     The Dream Center is committed to fight hunger and to provide food assistance to families that qualify.  We are not just a food supplier, but we make sure the food is distributed to families with a legitimate need.  This is truly a collaborative program where we desire to serve and empower those we serve. 
     
    Our record to distribute, serve and support our clients is a continued source of growth and opportunity to our city.  Our relationship with the East Texas Food Bank has proven to be significant in improving and expanding the quality of the food we serve. 
     
    We recently added a large line of produce that provides delicious fruits and vegetables.  The quality of this type of food fuels the bodies, improves the health of all, and adds a sense of satisfaction to the hungered. 
     
    We are anxious to continue serving quality food to our community and our city.  There is much more to do and even better ways to provide for these kids and their families.
     
     What can you do?
    1. You can make a donation at www.longviewdreamcenter.com
    2. You can become a food assistance partner by giving a regular monthly donation
    3. You can report to us any child or family that is suffering from hunger
    4. You can volunteer at the Dream Center almost any day of the week
     
    Contact US

    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    paypal          on the Paypal link.

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

    We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

     

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