Monthly Archives: February 2016

Programs that Make a Difference

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BarleyPrograms often…

get a bad rap.  There are a variety of reasons why. Most of which are laced to the reality that the maintenance of a program often steals the relationship aspect.  In other words programs often get a bad rap for making us more task driven than people driven.

At LDC we so understand the tension of this reality.  It is quite easy to focus on the wrong thing.  The trouble is that we can never birth a right result with the focus on the wrong thing. And when it comes to people we have learned that they must remain the main focus.  This is the very reason we began the Dream Center.

“Our desire is to serve others and assist our clients to experience a better life.”

We desire to do more than just give stuff away.  We want to see people’s lives empowered and changed.  This means we must take the time to discern what that looks like, and create the path to change.  We are certainly working on ways and means to accomplish this in a greater way.

As we pursue…

the greater efforts we have also found that what we provide is life-changing.  And we have learned that we give more than food, clothes or free items.  That in our giving we also provide hope for the hopeless, and joy to the joyless.  We are also seeing that our generosity is also providing for people a way to see life differently.

Many of our clients have been hurt, wounded, disappointed and more.  As they watch our organization consistently serve and deliver as promised they are being healed.  Our clients are seeing that life can be good and that there are good people in the world.  They are also seeing God’s love poured out in a very tangible way.

Barley Life Program 

One of our very special programs is our Barley Program.  This program is provided by one of our partners. Her name is Dr. Mary Ruth Swope. Dr. Swope is a doctor of nutrition. You can learn about her here.

 

maryruthswopeDr. Swope is also a close friend of the Dream Center and provides a large supply of Barley Life to our clients.  Barley Life is made from the most nutritious plant on earth, BarleyLife is a whole-food concentrate with a complete nutritional profile – from pH balance to essential vitamins and minerals. Barley Life contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals, in natural forms.

Our Barley Life product is provided by Dr. Swope for those with chronic disease or health issues.  This includes obesity, immune deficiencies, and other disease related symptoms.  We have the joy of watching clients health improve.

If you would like to check our barley products or place an order you can do that here.

Our efforts continue as we dive into our community to establish strong partnerships and effective programs.

We will continue to FIGHT HUNGER and GIVE HOPE to our community!

We hope you will join us on this journey.

Partnering with us: paypal

  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 also make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

Thank you for your love, prayers and support.

Your comments are solicited and appreciated.

 

 

 

 

 

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.