In 2017, we will raise funds to sponsor the Back to School Bash and the Foster Care Intervention Program.

 

We love everything that the Dream Center stands for. Their mission perfectly aligns with the heartbeat of Kershaw’s Challenge: “Reconnecting isolated people to God and a community of support by providing human services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger relief, medical care and education.”

In 2017, we are excited to stand with the Dream Center again. We will focus our fundraising on supporting two unique opportunities: the Back to School bash and the Foster Care Intervention Program. The Back to School bash is held every year right before the school year begins—we even had the privilege of being part of it in 2016. The Dream Center uses this fun event to invite children and families to prepare for a new school year in a fun and safe way. The event is a carnival-like atmosphere, created with families in mind, and it sends each child home with a backpack filled with essential school supplies. For many, these might be the only supplies they will receive in the year. We believe, along with the Dream Center, that education is a powerful tool of change in Los Angeles. That’s why this event is so important and such a tremendous opportunity. We are so excited to full sponsor the event—and each and every school supply—for the children of Los Angeles.

 

One of the reasons we love the Dream Center is that they are committed to meeting the critical needs of suffering and vulnerable families. One of the main vehicles that they use is the Foster Care Intervention Program. This is truly an incredible program—the Dream Center works in tandem with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services to ensure that loving families are able to stay together or be reunited. The program seeks to do this in three ways: furniture deliveries, yearly family “adoption” and facilitating monitored visits for families who are being reunited. Since the beginning of this program, the Dream Center has played a role in helping 345 families avoid separation and has reunited 105 families. We love this vision of holding families together—what a joy to play a part by funding this program!

The Lord is at work in Los Angeles through the efforts of the Dream Center. We are grateful to call them partners again this year!