Core Values: Love – Serve – Connect – Support
OUR MISSION: We exist to bring hope and restoration through the message of the Gospel for people in the Triangle area. Raleigh Dream Center is a Christian-based organization providing social services and community programs to homeless, abused and impoverished high risk youth, individuals and families. We partner with local churches to consistently provide resources to under-privileged communities and reach out to those individuals in substance abuse, physical abuse, experiencing homelessness, participating in gangs, or other circumstances.
Following the proven process of over 100 Dream Centers nationally, our presence in communities transforms the atmosphere and impacts crime rates. Everything RDC supplies is intended to build relationships that lead to Gospel conversations, and help people DREAM AGAIN about what God has planned for their future. Not only do we provide resources to under-privileged communities, but we also reach out to those involved in substance abuse, physical abuse, experiencing homelessness, participating in gangs, or other circumstances that can be harmful to both an individual and to society.
Current Outreach Ministries:
- Adopt-A-Block – Our “Dream Team” of volunteers meet in multiple community every 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month. Includes free groceries, activities with kids, prayer and trash pick up.
- Advocacy Ministry – Provides consistent prayer and support for people in our Adopt-A-Block communities and aids in meeting tangible needs through RDC’s resources or partnering agencies.
- Community Bible Studies – Take place within the communities to help disciple people right where they are.
- KidzJam – Building relationships with kids in communities through after-school activities.
- Summer Read & Feed Programs – Weekly reading programs in communities to keep children’s reading skills share and provide a welcomed meal.
OUR VISION: To become an inner-city resource center with residential and community outreach programs that are focused on finding Christ-centered solutions to homelessness, hunger, trauma, addictions, and lack of education.
- North Carolina is now the 10th highest ranking state for food insecurity
- 1 out of 6 people struggle to find food each month and 1 out of 4 children lack adequate nutrition
- North Carolina is among the top 10 states for human trafficking with almost 2,700 victims identified in the last 10 years
- More than 4,000 people are homeless in Wake County
- Almost 1 in 12 Wake County residents have sheltered someone who might otherwise be homeless
- 2,736 Wake Co. Public School students are homeless
- An estimated 62,295 people are living in poverty in Wake County
- Nearly 40% of “emancipated” youth will be homeless or incarcerated within 18 months
- North Carolina heroin deaths have skyrocketed more than 584 percent in 2016. A new report mapped out the top 25 worst cities in the US for opioid abuse and North Carolina shows up 4 times on that list, with N.C. having the #1 city.
With poverty, drug additions and crime statistics continually on the rise, our facility will focus on the full successful transformation of people’s lives through the power of Christ. Raleigh Dream Center will be a safe environment to provide supportive services and resources to help people realize the DREAM of living a self-sufficient life, at no cost to the individual.
Future Residential Ministries:
- Transitional Living Program for homeless families
- Residential Discipleship Programs for people struggling with life-controlling issues such as gangs, drugs, prostitution, and depression
- Human Trafficking Intervention where victims are rescued, restored and transitioned
- Adult Basic Education
- Job Skills Training
- Medical Screenings
- Clothing Outreach
- Parenting Classes
- A food warehouse for our Mobile Hunger Relief (Food Trucks)
- Ministry Space for at-risk children, students and young adults including worship services for residents and volunteers
- Our Vision for the hurting: God has the power to meet your ultimate hurt and reconcile you to Himself.
- Our Vision for volunteers: Serving changes the lives of people who serve.
- Our Vision for the local church: A partnership with RDC brings an opportunity to help reach our collective purpose of the Great Commission. We desire to see the Church in missions work to change our city.
OUR HISTORY: Raleigh Dream Center was started in 2014 by Pastor Jeremy Porras and his wife Candace Porras. Originally from Los Angeles, they both have served on staff at churches most of their lives. They moved their family to Raleigh, NC in 2007, and while Jeremy was serving as the Music Pastor at Crossroads Fellowship Church, he had an experience that would forever change the course of their lives. Someone from the church approached him for help during a very difficult season in her life where she was facing homelessness. Through that experience, God opened his eyes to see the desperate needs that were right in front of him in his church and in the city of Raleigh.
In early 2015, the first Adopt-A-Block outreach was started. What began as a few friends and a trunk full of groceries quickly grew into a ministry that now gives away over 7,000 pounds of food per month in 5 inner-city communities through the Adopt-A-Block outreach. The support Raleigh Dream Center has received has been the driving force behind the tremendous growth of the ministries. We partner with local churches to provide an outreach component to do local missions. Over 1,500 volunteers have come out to serve with us. In 2017, we supplied 71,484 pounds of food, 1,094 meals served to children, 2,276 free books to children, 400 backpacks filled with supplies, 1,500 wrapped Christmas presents, and provided 240 Gospel presentations through a total of 238 outreach events!
We invite you to join with us in this movement and open your heart to the needs that are all around us. May our compassion for people drive us to action! We encourage you to become part of a team that is changing the face of this city, and experience the deep joy of serving others.
Food Data is from 2014 Hunger in America Study, by Feeding America and the Food Hardship in America 2015 Report from the Food Research and Action Center.
Human Trafficking report according to the NHTH
Homeless statistics from https://www.raleighrescue.org/homelessness/local-statistics/ and provided by http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article47067030.html
Heroin report from Castlight Health and http://wncn.com/2016/04/20/4-nc-towns-in-top-20-nationally-for-opioid-abuse-study-finds/