LOS ANGELES — As the threat of COVID-19 evolves, the needs continue to as well, and the Los Angeles Dream Center is responding to these needs while complying with all advice and regulations from the CDC, Gov. Gavin Newsom and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. Since schools are closed, the Dream Center will be open to provide meals for families from 7:30 am to 6:30 pm.
Mealtimes are not specified and food will be served all throughout the timeframe of 7:30 am to 6:30 pm where anyone can show up at any time. They also have a drive-thru option implemented. For those who are simply walking in, it is a pick-up-and-go system. There is no congregating on the campus of the Dream Center. To get an inside look at what this process looks like, click here to see the Dream Center in action from March 17th.
The elderly and seniors 65+ are finding it particularly necessary to practice social distancing, and so the LA Dream Center is also putting together care packages for the elderly this week, including a large load of hygiene and cleaning products and food to Parkview Senior Living Apartments located across the street from Angelus Temple, and also to the Dream Center’s existing outreach sites.
Additionally, they are also accepting food donations to help during this crisis. And those looking to give financially can do so here. Although the Dream Center has been approached by a number of gracious people who are interested in volunteering, they currently do not have a need for volunteers at this time. They are able to handle the needs at the moment with their staff and they are working with great care to ensure that all the precautions that have been advised are in place, including implementing social distancing as much as possible.
The ways in which Los Angeles deals with this crisis changes on a daily basis, and the Dream Center is monitoring the news 24/7 and staying up to date with the latest regulations, adhering to everything health officials are advising.
The Dream Center greatly appreciates the overwhelming response they’ve received on social media from celebrities, influencers, corporations, other organizations, and reporters who’ve helped to pass the word along about what is available to the families of Los Angeles.
“When there’s a need in our community, the Dream Center is laser-focused on whatever that need is,” said Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett.
“We’re living in turbulent times, and we need to be able to adapt quickly and help those who need it most. Providing meals is just one small way we can lend a helping hand as Los Angeles grapples with this pandemic. We are praying faithfully and earnestly for the threat of COVID-19 to be eliminated and are so grateful for all those around us who have our health and safety in mind. God can still bless Los Angeles in this difficult time, and there’s no obstacle too large for us to overcome if we rally together and be a good neighbor to as many people as we possibly can!”
About the Los Angeles Dream Center
The Los Angeles Dream Center is a faith-based non-profit organization located in Echo Park, dedicated to transforming lives and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles. By offering residential and outreach programs to individuals, families and communities in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, domestic violence, education, and human trafficking, the Dream Center is committed to enabling immediate and long-term transformation. The Dream Center welcomes those in need into our community completely free-of-charge with the resources, training, and support they need, regardless of faith, age, gender, orientation, nationality, or any other defining factor.
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