It was an amazing Toy Giveaway in Chelsea this year!
You can select a toy online and donate it for us to give away at our Annual Toy Giveaway! See the list and easily select a gift.
This year, our annual Turkey Giveaway will take place at our Chelsea adopt-a-block site on Saturday, November 22
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We are currently in our fall semester of life groups...
The study of Mark continues through Sunday, November 9th. Join us at 9:30am...
It was another amazing, successful backpack giveaway in Chelsea last Sunday. We had a blast, gave the neighborhood kids backpacks, gave out a wii, played games, ate hot dogs, and just had an incredible time. Thanks for everyone who were a part of it in any way!
On Sunday after church, we all headed out to the Rockaway's for an incredible beach day. The weather was amazing, the turnout was great, and we baptized an amazing lady named Victoria, as well as Pastor Brad and Stella's oldest daughter Emma.
The tide was high, the waves were huge, and the line at Rockaway Taco went for blocks. It was the perfect day for the beach!
What a day we had in Harlem! Please join us in Chelsea for our second backpack giveaway, Sunday August 24th at 2pm. We will all leave after church and go over to the Chelsea adopt-a-block site.
We will be taking the summer off from life groups. Instead, we will enjoy many of the great outdoor activities that New York City has to offer in the summer. Join us for whatever you can, and live life together this summer.
Unfortunately, City Girls has been CANCELLED this week.
We will keep you posted when we have re-scheduled this event.
We are so excited about Spring Life Groups starting tonight! Our goal for Life Groups is that not only will your relationship with Jesus be strengthened, but so will your relationship with others in the church. Whether you have just started attending the Dream Center or have been here for years, we hope that as you participate in Life Groups you will be a part of building community with each other as well as learn what it means to walk in freedom through Christ.
This is going to be a very special quarter of Life Groups that you will not want to miss! Join us every Thursday at 7pm in the NYC Lab School Cafeteria.
See you tonight!
Pastor Brad Reed
FiftyFive was possibly the most important, informative, and life changing event our church has been a part of yet. It would be difficult to not be moved by the stories of the individuals and families that we encountered along the way... the stories are incredible, and were put into even more perspective when the reality of how hard just 55 hours of living on the streets was. Our entire team agreed, non of us could imagine what it would be like to have to do that 24 hours a day, every day of the week.
Over the next couple months we will continue to share stories with you, as we finish putting together the 30 minute documentary that we are going to release at the end of the winter based on our experience. In the meantime, we have pulled together a handful of clips from the interviews, to give you a brief window into the lives the people we came in contact with during FiftyFive.
Consider these short videos to be introductions into the amazing lives that were willing to share their stories. Theirs, and others will all be told in our short film.
Debra recognized the importance of food distribute and public feeding. She makes the statement "You are not just handing out food" because she recognizes the public feeding as a doorway to community transformation, by first meeting the needs of the people. Her story is incredible. Instead of telling people how to live, she did her best to make sure that people were safe, no matter what they were doing.
This man's story will melt your heart, you can watch his introduction directly below, or at the bottom of the page you can hear his Christmas wishes in our "A Home for Christmas" preview section of the documentary. He spends his days collecting cans, and his nights sleeping on the subway.
When we met Kelly, she was living in a shelter for young mothers with small children. She has big plans for her life, and is determined to not be defined by her current circumstances.
Lori hopes that others can learn from her mistakes. Broken down by drugs and a series of devastating events as a result, she lost everything and hopes that young people hear her story, and do not follow in her footsteps.
As an experiment, we all sat on street corners on the upper east side holding signs that said "I am not homeless, but 55,000 others in this city are." Though many passed us by without even a second look, many others who actually took the time to stop and talk to us were shocked by the numbers, and how easily it could happen to someone.
"A Home for Christmas" is our first attempt at reflecting... looking back on the stories that we heard. On the way that we spent our Christmas's just days after this "life changing" event, in comparison with the way our new friends spent the most wonderful day of the year. The video below is the longest available clip from our journey during those 55 hours, until we release the 30 minute documentary later this winter.
We are going to respond to this huge need, by opening up a long-term housing facility. This is our number one goal for 2014. Follow us on all of our social sites and keep checking back on our website for more information on our plans.
We hope that you had an incredible Thanksgiving with your family. Thanks to your help, the Dream Center was able to provide a Turkey Dinner with a side of potatoes to hundreds of families in our neighborhood this year! Thank you for your continued support of the work being done in New York City.
We are extremely excited to share with you the biggest event in the history of the New York Dream Center. We are launching a campaign to open our first home.
We wanted to take this time to not only increase our efforts, but to rethink, reflect, and respond to the need. Please watch the video below for more details on why we are doing this, and what we will be doing.
What we came up with, is an event that we are calling 55. For 55 hours in the middle of December, our entire staff and team along with a handful of volunteers, will live on the streets of New York City. We want to put ourselves in someone elses shoes for a short period of time, to evaluate our own mission and programs to see if they are effective, and to tell the stories of as many people as we can.
Our goal is to raise $55,000 dollars in peer-to-peer fundraising, and then get 4-5 matching gifts of $55,000.
How it works:
We are asking people to sponsor us for a dollar amount per hour for every hour that we are out there. If everybody who believes in the Dream Center gives even one dollar per hour, imagine how much we will be able to do! You can give now at by clicking the banner to the left.
We are also asking everybody who believes in this cause, to join with us in raising support and getting 10-20 people of your own to sponsor our cause. We have provided you with a toolkit on our website, giving you all of the resources that you need for telling someone about Fifty-Five.
And finally, if you are a business, church, or individual interested in joining our matching program, we are looking for people and organizations who will come along side of us and match dollars raised during the time we are on the streets.
Fifty-Five will take place from Friday, December 13th at 6am, until Sunday, December 15th at 1pm.
Will you partner with us, as we enter into the largest campaign in our history in an effort to start our first home and provide long-term housing to the people who need it most?
We want to rethink what it means to be homeless. They say you don't know much about a person, until you've walked a mile in their shoes. Our goal is to place ourselves in someone else's world for a short period of time.
Typically, when we think of homelessness we think of substance abuse, but did you know that of the 55,000 people living without permanent housing in New York City, over 21,000 of them are children under the age of 18? Or did you know that there are more people living in the subway system, than all five boroughs combined?
They say that you learn from past experiences, but that is not always the case. We have found that we learn best from reflecting on what we have experienced.
The Dream Center has already been out serving these communities week after week for four years now, handing out blankets, socks, meals, diapers, clothing, and so much more. By doing taking this time on the streets, we will get a chance to put ourselves in someone else's shoes, and gain an experience that we as a team can evaluate, to determine if what we are doing is effective, and what we can do to better serve the people who need us.
We also will be listening to, reflecting on, and telling the stories of all of the people that we meet who are willing to share with us. Our goal is to bring you a new story at least once an hour for every hour we are out there.
We will respond, with appropriate programing and our very first long term housing facility.
The mortality rate of homelessness matches some forms of cancer, literally cutting up to 25 years from someones life.
homeless people are up to six times more likely to get sick than someone who has housing.
The homeless population in New York City is the highest it has been since the great depression.
15% of the nations homeless population lives in New York City, making it the largest in the country.
The holiday season is quickly approaching once again. Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I’m sure Christmas will be here before we know it!
For many this past year hasn’t been easy, in the current recession many families are struggling to purchase even the most essential food items. With the recent cuts made to food stamps nationwide, many families who were already vulnerable to food shortage can’t even consider purchasing a Thanksgiving meal.
You can help this Holiday season by providing a family with a memorable Thanksgiving.
For just $25 you can provide a family with a full Thanksgiving meal that includes a frozen Turkey, mashed potatoes, stufﬁng and canned vegetables.
Last year because of generous donors like you, the New York Dream Center was able to provide 600 families with a Thanksgiving meal that they were able to prepare in their own home and share with family and friends. This year we are hoping to provide Thanksgiving meals for as many people as possible.
Would you be willing to make a generous donation of $25, $50 or even $100 to help purchase Thanksgiving meals for those in need?
We have a lot to be thankful for, God has been so good to us and we want to let each one of you to know how much we appreciate your faithful support of the New York Dream Center and those in need.
If you make your donation by November 22nd we’ll be able to provide meals for maximum amount of people.
We introduced our life group leaders for this semester. Make sure you connect to a life group and live life with other people around the city!
Pastor Brad continued his series based on the read letters of Jesus, by exploring the difficult topic of "What Does Jesus Say about Divorce?"
This weeks featured restaurant was Pot Belly on 14th street between 5th and 6th Ave. Home to amazing toasted sandwiches and some of the best potato chips that have ever existed.
If you did not join us, make sure you check guest services next week to see where we are going. Sunday lunches are one of the best ways to meet new people, stay connected and do life together here in New York City.