Glendale residents were among those who attended the Los Angeles Dream Center’s annual “Night of Dreams” gala to raise funds in support of the center’s vital programming, which is offered free of charge.
In addition to hearing from special guest and honoree Pastor Jentezen Franklin, guests were entertained by comedian Michael Jr., singer Vonzell Solomon, and singer-songwriter Coffey Anderson.
“For 29 years, the Dream Center has been able to cultivate long-established relationships and build new ones with under-served communities throughout Los Angeles,” said co-founder/CEO Matthew Barnett. “Thanks to these relationships, the Dream Center has become a place of remarkable healing for nearly three decades. All programs not only provide struggling individuals and families with resources to fill their basic needs, but also provide spiritual, emotional, educational and vocational support needed to equip them for long-term success outside our walls. It’s a legacy we’re proud of and we have so many milestones to celebrate this year.”
The Dream Center serves 45,000 people per month, distributes 5 million pounds of food per year, and can house more than 500 people.
“In a county where one out of four people suffer from food insecurity, homelessness rose 9% this past year, and fentanyl deaths soared 1,280% in a five-year span, our mission to find a need and fill it and find a heart and heal it are as important now as ever before,” Barnett said. “This mission is impossible to fulfill without the diligent work of our staff and volunteers, and the generous sacrifices of our faithful donors. As we approach our 30th year of service, I pray we never grow tired of doing good.”
First published in the October 21 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.