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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Opportunity and Faithfulness

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It is so true that life has it’s own way of rewarding us.  But most of us understand that life is about more than just luck.  God’s providence is certainly a big part of our East Texas Culture and even for many non-profits. The Dream Center Team has just completed our 19th month of service to our region.  And while this is certainly not a long tenure it certainly has been no bed of roses.

All great dreams are birthed in the soil of sowing and reaping. That includes lots hard work and the sacrifice of many people including staff and volunteers. One thing we have learned is that the longer we are here the more trust we earn.  This is true with our clients and our donors.

This week we are in the genesis of another great relationship with a large organization that will possibly be donating a generous supply of food items. This will be such a support to our clients and improve the variety of foods that we supply.  Once again we are indebted to the East Texas Food Bank who linked the connection and provided the supplies and materials for us.

It is so true that “teamwork makes the dream work.”  Without our partners and teammates we would be far less effective.  We owe much of our 2015 success to our partners and volunteers. Our team feels the best thing we have done is just be faithful.

We have been faithful to serve our community and to stand on our original vision plan. We have experienced ups and downs in 2015.  The economy has been one of our greatest challenges, but we have also experienced the faithfulness of a few partners.

We so appreciate every gift and every person who gave large or small gifts.

We are anticipating a great final quarter of this year with great opportunities.

  • Our computer classes have been a great success.
  • Our food program for Senior Citizens has grown over 25% this year
  • Our LifeSource Food Assistance program is now a Choice Pantry.
  • The Acts Project has completed several projects in 2015.

Once again faithfulness and vision are the foundation stones to our success and continued growth.  We are ready to launch into 2016 with inflated dreams and great determination.  We are expecting both quality and quantity to inculcate in the coming months.

 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.  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.