Approximately 16% of the Los Angeles County is considered food insecure, which means that many families do not know when they will get their next meal. The Dream Center addresses this need by distributing over half a million pounds of food every month to more than 31 local distribution sites, along with a Food Bank housed at the Dream Center. On average, our food programs feed more than 40,000 people monthly. Over the course of a year, more than 500,000 bags of groceries are distributed.
Adopt a block
Since Adopt-a-block was established in the year 2000, more than 30,000 lives have been impacted and more than 135 blocks have been “adopted.”
Through this program, the Dream Center partners with many volunteers to visit 16 under-resourced neighborhoods consistently every week to make an impact. As many as 500 volunteers serve by distributing food, hygiene items and other essentials. Practical services are also available to the community, to provide emotional, physical, mental and spiritual support.
Our clothing outreach provides free clothing from our campus location to the public every first Thursday of the month, from 8am-4pm. We accept donation drop-offs without a receipt 24/7 and accept donation drop-offs with a receipt Tuesday-Friday from 8am-3pm. In a typical month, we give out more than 15,000 articles of clothing. Through the Clothing Outreach, all of our donations (new and used) have been repurposed to serve more than 30,000 people.
foster care intervention
The Department of Children and Family Services reported that nearly 200 kids are separated from parents simply due to poverty-related issues every month. To help prevent families from being separated, the Foster Care Intervention Program assists these families by providing furniture, food, clothing, appliances, and other basic items needed to allow parents to retain or regain custody of their children.
The Kidz JAM program teams up with Adopt-A-Block to provide emotional, mental, phsyical, spiritual support to the many youth of the 16 under-resourced neighborhood sites served by Adopt-A-Block. Through sports, games, and other activities, many of the volunteers and staff make a difference in their lives through consistency and simply being present in their lives.
1.5 million Los Angeles County adults over the age of 25 don’t have their high school diploma or the equivalency. The Dream Center Adult Education Program assists adult students in successfully achieving their high school equivalency by providing a safe, supportive, and encouraging learning environment with the most qualified and attentive tutors, while enabling adults to pursue their educational goals and equipping them for greater financial potential. This is done through one-on-one tutoring, academic classes, and free testing.
health & fitness
Our DC Fitness Program provides an affordable gym to the community, including weight and cardio rooms, a wide range of fitness classes, and extracurricular sports programs. The gym is open to members of the community and caters to young clientele which includes emancipated foster youth and homeless teens living at the Dream Center, as well as young people from the local neighborhood and students in our DC Leadership Program.
Schedule a tour
Join us for one of our weekly tours to experience the Dream Center firsthand, and hear the stories of lives being transformed for the better.
Tours are available every week, Tuesdays and Fridays at 1pm.
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