Recent News

  • 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.

     

     

  • 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.

     

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