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To The Longview Dream Center

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Who We Are

The Longview Dream Center exists to fight hunger and provide resources and quality programs that enhance the quality of life for the citizens of our city and region.

The Longview Dream Center exists to provide resources and programs to the people of Longview and the greater East Texas region.

Whats happening at LDC!

LifeSource Feeding Program provides food assistance every Tuesday and Thursday of the month.  Serving times are 4-6 pm.  An ID is required to receive food assistance.

Free Clothing are distributed every Wednesday – Saturday from 9a – 1 p.

Our LifeSkills classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning at 6 PM.

Our Senior Box Program is served every first and third Wednesday of the month.

The Joy of Everyday

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joyEveryday at the Dream Center is new day. And unlike the movie Ground Hog Day every day offers us a fresh opportunity to make a difference. Our days are different because each day serves us a different set of clients with a different need.

Now, this is both challenging and unique.  Many people go to work everyday and do the same thing over and over again.  This creates stability and some people truly enjoy that.

But at the Longview Dream Center the day, the people, and the stories are ever changing.

While serving this week I was approached by an older gentlemen.  He kindly ask; may I tell you a story?  I said, or course.  He said I cannot tell you how this place has made a difference in my life.  He went on the say how much he loved the store and the people. And then he shocked me when he said; “I live in Carthage and I pick up my neighbor and every month we drive here just to shop with you and watch what you are doing for all these people.”

I cannot explain how much that touched my heart.  As he is talking to me, there are people walking by with food and clothing. They are walking with one of our volunteers telling them about their life and what a blessing the Dream Center has been to their families.

The stories are endless.

Everyday is different because every person is important and every story is unique.

 

differenceEveryday we are living life and life is living us. We have the opportunity to be the difference and make a difference and at the Dream Center we have learned that this truly does not require much.

We can make a difference with a smile.

We can make a difference with a generous greeting.

We can make a difference by listening.

We can make a difference by serving.

Most of these cost us nothing or little and are the “difference makers” in life.

Everyday is different and you can make a difference!

Another way you can make a difference is to Partner with us.  Here are a few ways you can!100slide

  1. You can make a donation here on the home page.  Just click on the PayPal button.
  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 make a difference by joining a volunteer team.
  5.  You can join our 100 giving 100 campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I am always treated with love and respect when I am there"

− Nancy

"The LDC is changing lives everyday by seeing needs in our community and meeting those needs"

− Paul

""These people are moved and motivated by Love and Compassion""

− Jim

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From Our Founder

Things 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 epidemic of child molestation 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 with the East Texas Food Bank and our sponsors and donors.
Our desire to distribute, serve and support our clients is a continued source of growth and opportunity to our entire 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 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 become a regular volunteer at the Dream Center.