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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.

Why Teams Work Best

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teamWorking with a team always has benefits.  At the Longview Dream Center we have discovered that teams accomplish more than any one individual can do alone.  In the early 2000’s, organizations shifted from one dominant leader to team leaders, and team driven groups.

The Dream Center is a team driven organization and almost every department is team driven.  There are actually few jobs that we can do alone.  One of our primary goals is to unite organizations, churches and individuals to serve our city with maximum effectiveness.

Our latest team connect has been with Feed the Children.  This team connect has proven to be a game changer for the Dream Center. When teams connect on these levels everyone gains.

Teams can connect when both teams have something to gain and something to give.

An organization our size must have multiple teams and layers of teams to reach our goals and accomplish our purpose.

In our desire to attract high-capacity volunteers and high capacity relationships we have made the following observations.

1. A team has more strength than any one individual

2.  Teams bring diverse thinking resulting in dimensional innovation

3. Every team is as good as it’s communication level

4. Teams provide accountability to deadlines on projects

5. Teams need accountability to produce maximum results

  • Accountability works at it’ s best when given by every team member. Teams begin to disintegrate when some members begin to expect accountability from those who fail to give it.  When team members value accountability to one another a high level of trust is added and enhances the team.
  • Teams without accountability suffer when the weakest or slowest member fails to cooperate and performs at a less-than level of the team.  This also creates poor morale resulting in a culture of conflict and possible mediocrity.

6. Teams provide individual members the opportunity to serve one another.

7. Teams create inter-connection and inter-dependency upon the other members.

Our first awareness must be to realize that greatness can rarely be reached alone.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at the Longview Dream Center. If you would like to VOLUNTEER and join one of our TEAMS just click the volunteer button at the top of  the home page.  You can fill out an application there or you can call and ask for Victoria.  She will gladly answer all your important questions.

 Many are also asking what can we do?  Here are a few suggestions.

  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.paypal
  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 hear from you, please leave a comment.

 

"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.