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The Longview Dream Center Enters Year Seven

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The Longview Dream Center is entering it’s 7th year of existence.

 

It has been a ride

We have experienced our ups and downs and our all-arounds.

Some have asked; why do you do this?

Because we love the people and we love the city!

Providing thousands of pounds of food for hundreds of people every week is no small task. And clothes. Yes. Clothes too.

Thousands of pieces every month. Lots. It requires people. Many people. It requires trucks, forklifts, and volunteers.

We give it all away! Why? Because this is our mission and our purpose.

Vision Statement

The Longview Dream Center exists to provide basic needs and life building programs to the people of Longview and the greater East Texas region.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to unite the time, talents, and treasures of organizations and individuals while serving those in our community that are in need or in crisis.

About LDC

The Longview Dream Center is focused on providing basic needs such as hunger relief, free clothing distribution and community service projects for individuals in need.

The Longview Dream Center is a phenomenon. God provides through many organizations, a few churches, and several individual partners. Not enough.

A large portion of our food is donated from Walmart and Sam’s. Five days a week our truck has the pleasure of picking up food from these locations. It is always exciting to see the variety of products that Walmart and Sam’s provides. We get so excited for our clients; it feels like Christmas some-days.

There is a lot to do. Many need help and we stand ready to make this year the best year ever.

We can do it together.

Our greatest need is regular monthly partners. This is where you can help.

The Dream Center only needs 400 people to give 25.00 per month. That’s it.

Together, we can feed over 1,000 families every month

Together, we can provide 10,000 pieces of FREE CLOTHING every month

Together, we can send children to bed with a full stomach.

The number 7 is the perfect year for us and you to COME TOGETHER!

Join the DC Team today by going to longviewdreamcenter.org and give a donation today.

 

 

Troops on the Ground

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This post is from our founder Thomas E. McDaniels

We live in chaotic times.  Texas is especially on the forefront of chaos and perilous times.  We realize the weight of times like these and the responsibility.  It is not only times to connect to the trauma but to realize that we also need to take action.  I so appreciate those who just act!  I think we also must act strategically, but primarily we need to get in the game.

Some folks just took off to Houston and dove into the solution. These people are caring, brave, and ready to make a difference.  Just think if we all just said well I’ll do something later.  If all of us chose that, then many would still be stranded on top of their houses.  So we appreciate those who just WENT!

So here at the Dream Center we decided to serve on this end and do all that we could to make a difference.  We wanted to do what we do best and use what we have.  We have facilities, connections and partners.

So we began to use our connections to the community, connections of relationships, and our partners to gather supplies. Our facility is an easy access drop off center for Longview.  We have seen many of people drop by and drop off supplies and hundreds more will be coming.

We must also remember that this catastrophic event will not be over for many months to come.  It is so easy to respond quickly and move forward without finishing the journey.

So let’s resolve to not forget about the broken lives.  The hopelessness that is real and the loss that is unbelievable.

This tragedy will forever change the lives of thousands.  Many lost everything.  Many will never recover.  Some will never rebuild their homes.  But we must be a spark of hope.

And even though we can never rebuild a home we can always re-HOPE a Heart.

One of our Partners is J-Star Ministries. J-Star is founded by Patrick Johnson. Patrick has been a champion in serving our community and reaching kids and teens in our city.

Patrick has worked tirelessly in this effort and has been hands-on in loading an unloading materials. Patrick is not an office dweller. He gets his hands dirty and jumps in wherever needed.

If you want to donate please bring your supplies to 803 Gilmer Road in Longview between 9-4 Tuesday through Saturday.

100% of all items go to the Houston area and the organization we are partnering with in that region. We have a company transporting our supplies absolutely free.

Together, We can make a Difference!

 

 

 

 

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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.