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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 Food Pantry provides food assistance every Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m.   An ID is required to receive food assistance.

We distribute Fresh Produce every Saturday of the month from 10a – 12p.

The LifeSoure Clothing Program operates Wednesday – Saturday from 9a – 1 p.  All items are FREE.

Our LifeSkills Computer Classes are held every Tuesday and Thursday evenings and are held in mini semesters.

Our Senior Box Program is served every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month.  New clients should come on the 3rd Wednesday to sign up.  I.D. and proof of income are required.

The Story Continues

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Our Longview Dream Center has been in full operation for 5 years. It has been both challenging and exciting.  We dreamed of having a place that would serve our community and make a difference in the lives of those with legitimate needs.

We humbly started LifeSource in 2005 (food assistance) out of the trunk of a car. LifeSource began in LifeBridge Christian Center.  The church had a passion to serve the needy and to serve the citizens of Longview.

Our beginning had no strategy. Just simple a desire to help others.

The first six months of feeding families began by driving around our city and distributed food to those in need.

Now fast forward 8 years. In 2013 we purchased our current facility at 803 Gilmer Road. At that time, we were serving about 200 families per month.  Our hearts were burning with passion to fight hunger, give away free clothing, and build ramps for the handicapped.

We have experienced exponential growth and amazing success. In the last 5 years our ministry is now serving food to nearly 1,000 families every month. We are also freely giving thousands of clothing items to families in need.

Currently we:

  • facilitate the distribution of food to Senior Citizens in Gregg County
  • serve as a viable organization in fighting hunger
  • have partnered with dozens of organizations in our community
  • have hosted a variety of community events
  • provide a benevolence program for individual needs
  • have provided free educational programs
  • provide thousands of free clothing items to our clients
  • have united hundreds of volunteers throughout East Texas

But more than all this, we provide hope to the hopeless.

We are friend to the lonely.

We are prayer partners to our clients.

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 a better East Texas.

What can you do?

  1. You can make a donation here on the home page.
  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.

We would love to have you to become a part of the DC family.

You can become a volunteer, a financial partner, or even a social media friend.

Feel free to leave a comment.  We would love to hear from you.

 

"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.