A Dream Maker is someone who faithfully supports Dream Center with monthly support for a period of one or more years.
We are at a critical point where we need to create a strong donor base as we continue, and as we grow helping people transition out of poverty, illiteracy, hunger and oppression.
The funding that we have been blessed with from West Salem Foursquare as part of their launching of Salem Dream Center and City Vibe in January has come to an end.
The amazing one-time donations we received at last February’s luncheon will run out in November.
We have been so blessed by all the support that we have received, and we thank each of you who have supported us, and those who continue to support us, but we are at a cross road where we need to increase our support from private donors, and other sources as we move into this new phase in our becoming an independent non-profit supporting at risk youth and struggling families.
Would you please commit to pray for us? We feel confident that God wants Dream Center to not simply continue, but to grow. We know this because we see lives changed, and we see amazing things happening through our programs and ministry.
After much prayer, we reach out to you and ask you to come along side of us and devotedly make a difference.
How can you help? Commit to faithfully sponsor a child monthly for one or more years:
• If 200 people faithfully sponsor one child every month with a $50 donation, we would be able to continue to bless children and families in our community with basic programs and support.
• If 300 of the 1000 people who follow Dream Center on face book faithfully sponsor one child every month with a $50 donation, we would be able to provide all of the programs that we have these past 10 years, including Field Trips, Summer Camp, Easter Party, Holiday Food Boxes, Dream Tree Christmas Gifts, Sneaky Elf, Emergency Food Boxes and Shelter, Clothing, Educational Support and much more.
• If 500 of the 1000 people who follow Dream Center on face book faithfully sponsor one child every month for a year with a $50 donation, we would realize our dream to create Nuestra Casa (Community Learning Center) and run all the programs listed above that we have these past 10 Years.
Would you please consider providing monthly support to help us? If you are able to support us with less than $50, thank you, every donation helps, and for those of you who are able to support us by sponsoring more than one child, thank you, you are making dreams come true.
We are also looking for people to host in home gatherings where Renee and I could present Dream Center to a group of people who you know, and whom you feel would be able to support Dream Center on a larger scale.
Please know that in addition to asking for your individual help, we are aggressively seeking grants, but that is a slow process. We are also looking at a wide range of sources of support from various private, corporate, governmental, and regional groups.
In the past ten years Dream Center and City Vibe have broken the chains of poverty for hundreds and hundreds of people. We have helped to instill a desire to achieve a better life, and we have provided the tools needed to realize those dreams. Today we stand at a new chapter and we are very excited to see what lays before us as we develop a learning center where children and adults can break the fangs of poverty, illiteracy, language barriers, hunger, unemployment and under employment. This is exciting. Please join us and make dreams come true.
All donations that we receive are eligible as a charitable donation, and you will receive a receipt letter with our tax ID information.
Donations can be mailed to:
Salem Dream Center
PO Box 5976
Salem Or. 97304
When Dream Center began we stepped out in faith with this belief; if we love people exactly as they are, without expectation or requirement, they will ask us why!
The exclamation point after why is not a typo, it’s there with sincere intent. Yes it’s a question, but we believe if we live out our faith the excitement and wonder that invokes the question, overshadows that it is a question.
Over these past ten years we have watched as that belief has become a reality, with former Hells Angels, gang members, moms, dads, children and elderly asking; “Why do you do this!”
It’s then that we are able to share how Christ impacted our lives and we have no choice but to follow the example he set for us, loving people until they ask why!
This past year an ever growing group of youth and teens have been volunteering at Dinner on the Green. It started with four teens led by Jose’, but this group of youth has grown to 15, the youngest is eight, the oldest 20.
Every Friday night they volunteer to help feed and support hungry men women and chidren. They forgo football games, dances and parties, and instead spend their Friday night blessing others. They work with passion and dedication. To be honest they make many of the more senior volunteers look like slackers (they aren’t, it just looks that way) with how hard they work.
They come with smiles on their faces and they are most often the first to arrive and the last to leave. Their passion is obvious and it’s contagious.
Recently at a Dinner on the Green I asked Jose’ “why do you do this?”
He looked at me with an almost quizzical look and without hesitation replied; “Because it’s what you do!’ ‘It’s what you have always done, you come to Dream Center and show us we matter, that you care, and you make us feel like we matter’. ‘We do it because we have to, we have to live out what we believe, just like you do.”
When we began we expected people to ask us why! But I honestly didn’t expect so many people to then live out the example we lived out, the example Christ set for us.
So the answer to the question, what happens after they ask why? is this; They live it out in their lives and the example is replicated, it’s contagious.
I believe with all of my heart that we may be the first, or be the only Bible someone reads. So make it a read of a life time!
Jose’ and his faithful team of youth volunteers are living Bibles and that is a read I want to read and live.
Love until they ask why!
Where does a homeless veteran go to die? A good question isn’t it?
Salem Dream Center began as an outreach of West Salem Foursquare Church in 2003. It was first the vision of Todd Gould who has since gone on to be the Executive Director of the Salem Free Medical Clinic.
The Salem Free Medical Clinic began in the gym of Walker Middle School as part of Salem Dream Center, and it was the result of faithful people knocking on doors in Edgewater asking “what can we do to help make your life better?”
“We need medical care” was an urgent request, and as a result, the clinic was born. Since its creation, it has grown into its own, having four locations and serving an average of 790 people each month.
Dream Center began with one goal: to build relationships and learn what those in the Edgewater community needed.
Since that first day in October of 2003, Dream Center has grown and expanded becoming an valued support system in our city, one that has received awards and recognition from the city of Salem, the Mayor, Polk County and West Salem Business Association.
October 1, 2013, West Salem Foursquare began working to launch Salem Dream Center into the community. What that means is this: Salem Dream Center will now be an independent non-profit organization reaching out to those in our community who are in need. WSFC continues to support our efforts, but will be releasing us to become a city-wide supported group.
We have and will continue to provide the same programs that we have for the past 10 years and with God’s favor expand reaching more and more people, providing hope and reducing starvation mentality.
Now more than ever, we desire your prayers. We sincerely appreciate your volunteer time and we need your generous donations.
Please help us reach those in our community who have little to no hope and help them to dream.
Become a Dream Maker!