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Dream Center to become Care Center

Officials are excited to announce a few changes for Indiana Dream Center that will soon impact families in our community.

Since 2012, it has served hundreds of individuals and families within the Huntington County community and beyond with restoration homes and outpatient classes for those in an addictive lifestyle, providing life-giving and faith-based programming. In addition to providing food for those in need, clothing and furniture for families starting over or those who have suffered loss/tragedy, and mentorships also are available. The organization also have had the opportunity to serve children with our annual Back to School Bash and have seen this grow from a few hundred to over 2,000 served this year.

“Over the years, we have had the opportunity to see many individual lives changed and as we step into a new season at the Indiana Dream Center, we are excited to see that multiply as we serve families in a new way,” Executive Director Michelle Crone wrote in an email. “One of the most foundational ways in which we fulfill our mission of restoring hope and awakening dreams through Jesus Christ is through relationships and mentorships. We understand that we need a stronger sense of community and a sense that we are called to live life together. We also believe that it is families that will change communities.”

As the agency closes out 2022 and steps into 2023, the Indiana Dream Center will be transitioning to a Family Care Center.

“We will begin to serve moms and dads and extended families,” Crone said. “We will serve each one through the journey of pregnancy and parenting by providing: free pregnancy tests, education, parenting and life skills classes, co-parenting classes, marriage groups, faith-based groups, and family freedom groups.

“Throughout this process we will also be connecting individuals and families with trained mentors to ensure those who desire a mentor aren’t walking life alone. In order to provide proper care and training, we are excited to announce we are a CareNet and Heartbeat International affiliate facility.”

Along with opening up the Family Care Center, the Dream Center will continue to serve the community through our Hope 61 program, providing for those in need, MarXed, its youth programming, its Outdoor and Indoor Food Pantries, the Op Shop, and Revive Center, which is its Social Service Advocacy and Connections program. Throughout the year, officials will continue to host the annual Back to School Bash, Hope Week, and Serve our City days.

“With the support of the community, churches, leaders, businesses, individuals, and families, we will have a vision to open a free prenatal clinic, a community support resource center, and more,” Crone said. “Every Mom and Dad will have an opportunity to go through a ‘learn to earn’ program and will receive education and empowerment as they earn ‘hope dollars’ that will be used for: diapers, wipes, baby gear, baby and children’s clothes, toys, household items, adult clothes, adult and baby hygiene, and formula.

“Change must happen today to impact tomorrow and at the Indiana Dream Center, we are committed to stepping into a change model to impact generations to come. You can be a part of this change!”

Anyone interested in helping may email or call 260-200-1155.