Rescuing people out of poverty, homelessness, addictions, and human trafficking, The Dream Center seeks to provide hope and empowerment to the homeless, at-risk, and underserved communities in the inner cities of Los Angeles by providing social services, intervention programs, and the love of Christ. Click on a banner below to find out what we’re doing to rescue each individual need and find out how you can get involved.
Transitional Family Housing
Imagine losing the home that you lived in with your family because you could no longer afford it…
Then, imagine the shame and hopelessness you and your family would feel as you are now forced to live in a homeless shelter…the family car… and perhaps even eventually being forced to live on the streets…with your children…
The Dream Center’s Transitional Family Housing Program works to rescue homeless families and provide support, services and personal care to create a path for independent living, permanent housing and re-entry. (Click here to get involved.)
Each Friday night, while most people in the city are relaxing at home, taking in a movie, or having dinner at a nice restaurant, volunteers from The Dream Center are working on Skid Row, an area of downtown Los Angeles containing one of the largest populations of homeless persons in the United States. Cardboard boxes and tents line the sidewalks and drugs are dealt and used in the open.
The “Dream Street” outreach volunteers take food and water to Skid Row where 60 percent of the population lives on the street and entire families must share one room in a vermin infested welfare hotel with filthy community bathrooms. This population is all but forgotten by the rest of the city. Dream Street volunteers share vital information about The Dream Center’s programs and services. In 2010, a total of 30 people left the hopelessness of Skid Row and entered The Dream Center’s Discipleship program. (Click here to get involved)
This program provides USDA quality and fresh rescued groceries to over 40,000 people every month. Using 21 sites around inner city Los Angeles, the needs of food insecure populations are met Tuesday through Saturday. The program is especially valuable to young single mothers and working poor families with average annual incomes of just $15,000 for five people. In 2010, this program distributed over 500,000 bags of groceries, a 25 percent increase over the previous year. (Click here to get involved)
The Dream Center is proud to have one of Los Angeles’ largest nonprofit food bank. Our Food Bank crew processes over one million pounds (worth about $2,000,000) of donated food per month. We distribute it through our feeding ministries and food services at The Dream Center. We also help over 40 other agencies and churches by providing food for their hunger outreaches. Food giveaways held twice a week on The Dream Center campus help approximately 600 local community members meet their family’s food needs. (Click here to get involved)
Project Hope LA is a ministry dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and restoration of the lives of women who have become victims of Human/Sex Trafficking. Human/Sex Trafficking is quickly becoming one of the worlds most profitable criminal industries. It is estimated that there are over 27 Million victims in the world. The average age of entry into the commercial sex industry is only 12 to 14 years old. This isn’t simply an international issue…it is happening here, in the United States. (Click here to get involved)
This is The Dream Center’s flagship outreach ministry. Over the last 12 years it has grown to be 35 sites covering over 85 blocks in the communities of Echo Park, Silverlake, Skid Row and South Central Los Angeles. Every Saturday morning, an average of 500 volunteers reach out to people that live in these neighborhoods in the spirit of service. Teams clean homes, paint over graffiti, make minor home repairs, organize games for the children and visit with the elderly. Requests for appliances, clothing, food and furniture are filled. To date, Adopt-A-Block teams have assisted over 30,000 people by knocking on doors and simply asking: “How can we serve you?” (Click here to get involved)
This one-year, Christ-centered residential recovery program is open to adult men and women between the ages of 18 and 59 who are ready to overcome life-controlling issues that include but are not limited to substance abuse, anger, depression and the emotional residue left by mental, physical and sexual abuse. Enrollment is free and Disciples are taught to confront and overcome their issues by learning to create positive coping techniques based on Biblical principles. Service to others and a regimented work therapy program are in place to benefit the Disciples and add value to The Dream Center campus and surrounding community. (Click here to get involved)