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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a New Year

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20162016 is here!  We are so excited about the new year and the opportunities that a New Year brings.  2015 was a great year for us as we completed our first calendar year.  We experienced many great moments of serving our community and being a resource to so many.  Choosing the main highlight of the year would be difficult but sharing many stories would be exceptionally easy.

Every day at the Dream Center we see so many people served, empowered, and encouraged.  Our food assistance program and our free clothing touches hundreds of people every week.  These 2 programs also provide needed resources that are basic needs for life and living.

Maybe you have heard that we were privileged to take over the operations of Mothers on Missions. We are humbled and honored to inherit and carry on the legacy of Mothers on Mission.  This ministry has been providing free clothing in Gregg County for 8 years.  In 2015 alone we distributed over 109,000 pieces of free clothing and  Mom’s has distributed over 300,000 pieces of FREE CLOTHING since their beginning in 2007.

In December alone we donated over 7,972 pieces of free clothing to our clieIMG_1525nts.

2015 was a year for us to celebrate.  Our greatest achievement was the new relationships we established with a variety of partners, friends, and organizations.  One of our prized relationships is with the East Texas Food Bank.  The Food Bank has been a great resource to us and a true partner in providing hunger relief to Gregg County.

The East Texas food bank not only provides us quality food for the best price possible but also supplies us with a variety of free resources, food scholarships, and other supportive means.

The East Texas Food Bank is also our partner in serving the Senior Citizens of our city.  Every month we partner together to serve over 150 clients.  We have increased this program over 50% in 2015 alone. This program provides a large size quantity of food and the quality is top notch to qualified families.

The best part of this program are the relationships that our team has established with these wonderful people.

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 make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

 

And finally…You can also be one of the first

partners in our 100 for $100.00 campaign.

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Ending Our Year and Ready for 2016

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 Last Sunday Chele Bass turned over the reigns of Mothers on Mission to the Longview Dream Center.  We are humbled and honored to receive such an impacting ministry. Mothers on Mission has been providing free clothing in Gregg County for 8 years.  They have distributed over 300,000 pieces of FREE CLOTHING to those in need.

Our ministry is honored to receive and protect the legacy of Mothers on Mission.

We are also very passionate for the other areas we are providing care. As we reflect on the year, we are thankful for so many things! In 2015, the Longview Dream Center operated its first full calendar year.  During this year, we have served countless families, who were in need of food or clothing, and most were grateful just to know there is still someone out there who genuinely cares about their well-being.

At the Dream Center we call this serving HOPE back to our community.

It is amazing how a few bags of groceries or a pair of pants or shoes can positively change a person’s mindset and attitude. Many of our clients experience chronic hopelessness, or just need a small amount of encouragement or help them to make it through another season of their lives.

None of this would be possible without your help. I am writing today to thank you for your  encouragement, and your partnership.

I am also writing to thank you for your financial support in the months ahead.  Our annual budget is nearly 100,000.00.

Will you consider a recurring gift of $84 a month which would provide $1,000 a year to support our ministry?

Will you consider a one time donation between now and December 31st?

You can mail all tax-deductible contributions to the Longview Dream Center, 803 Gilmer Road, Longview, Texas 75601.

Or you can click this link to make a secure online donation.

paypalYour gifts can make a difference in the lives of so many!

Thank you for partnering with us.

Reflections from 2015

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2015As we reflect on the year, we are thankful for so many things! In 2015, the Longview Dream Center operated its first full calendar year.  During this year, we have served countless families, who were in need of food or clothing, and most were grateful just to know there is still someone out there who genuinely cares about their well-being.

At the Dream Center we call this serving HOPE back to our community.

It is amazing how a few bags of groceries or a pair of pants or shoes can positively change a person’s mindset and attitude. Many of our clients experience chronic hopelessness, or just need a small amount of encouragement or help them to make it through another season of their lives.

This is why the Longview Dream Center exist!

 

We exists and thrive on providing hope to these families who are struggling daily.  We also have a vision to help change our community, one person at a time. We will do this by training and teaching people who want to better their lives, but may not have the skills or means.  This is the purpose of our Life Skills classes.

As the year comes to a close, we a gearing up for what’s in store for 2016!

 

Our efforts will begin by reaching deeper into our community and to establish strong partnerships.  We will continue to FIGHTHUNGER 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 make a difference by joining a volunteer team.

That Time of the Year

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thanksgivingOne year ago we were so excited to provide a turkey for over 300 families.  Our excitement for this year is equally matched by many of our staff and the friends of the Dream Center.

Here at the Dream Center our heart rate rises every time we sow into the lives of others.  Our motto is find a need and fill it.  One of the greatest needs this time of year is to make sure that everyone has an adequate Thanksgiving meal and that no one suffers hunger.

Our main efforts is to be a catalyst for fighting hunger and become an education center to empower others.

As we make this one of our primary passions we also desire to empower and encourage our guests and clients.  Every person who walks through our doors deserves deep love and highest dignity.  We also consider it a privilege from God for us to serve others.

We serve our clients our Tuesday and Thursday from 4-6pm. Our food distribution is called LifeSource.  In our desire to plant love and dignity to our clients we shifted from handing them a box of food to allowing our clients to select their own food.

We call this a Choice Pantry. This also gives our volunteers the opportunity to better engage our clients and plant some love, hope, and inspiration. This also helps us to discover other ways we could serve the family or get personally involved.

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. 

 

Thanksgiving Outreach

In the next 10 days we are focused on our Thanksgiving Outreach. Once again this year our goal is to provide 300 turkeys to families in Longview and East Texas.  This is so rewarding and such a blessing for many.  Our greatest reward is to see a smile and to hear the gratefulness from those who feel encouraged by our efforts.

We realize that we can only do this with your assistance.

 

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We are humbly appreciative of every gift and every person who has made the Dream Center so effective over the last 20 months.

Many are asking what can we do?  Here is 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.

If you would like to serve at the Dream Center just click the volunteer button at the top of  the home page.

We would love to hear from you, please leave a comment.