Phoenix Dream Center
The Dream Center Network was founded by Tommy Barnett in 1994 with the first Dream Center in Los Angeles.
We had one single mission – to Find A Need And Fill It, To Find A Hurt And Heal It.
Since 1994, the Dream Center Network has been finding needs and filling them all over the world with over 300 Dream Centers healing hurts in communities around the globe.
In 2002 we began to Dream Big for the people of Phoenix and we started to build the Phoenix Dream Center.
We started with community-based outreach dedicated to ending childhood hunger among at-risk youth and homeless families. We started with just a few bags of groceries each week, and today deliver over 14,000 meals each week to help end childhood hunger.
This led to our recognizing the terrible role that addiction plays among many struggling individuals and the homeless. Our fight against drug addiction led to us building life recovery programs for people who were struggling with addiction. Today, our life recovery program helps over 1,000 individuals each year as they build a meaningful and sober life through their Christian faith.
Through this work, we became aware of the terrible tragedy of sex trafficking happening right here in Phoenix. Working closely with law enforcement and the faith community we began to do everything we could to stop human trafficking. This work led us to build what today is the nation’s largest human trafficking recovery program for young adults which helps over 100 survivors each year with full-service residential behavioral health care each year.
We found through this work that many trafficking survivors came out of the foster care system. We began to build programs in residential homes to help foster care age-out youth and we began to work with families to prevent children from needing to be removed from homes. This work became one of the largest residential and case management efforts in the state serving over 1,000 families, individuals, and children in the foster care system each year.
The work of the Phoenix Dream Center is financially supported primarily by individual donors from our community. In 2018 we achieved the milestone of ensuring that 100% of all individual financial donations go directly to programs and none of it goes to administrative overhead. We’re so thankful to the private foundation and to the business community who helped us build our Social Enterprises Programs that enabled us to do that.
The only thing we are missing now is you!
Every time a donor gives a gift, more people get the help they need.
Every time a volunteer completes a project, the Dream expands.
Every time a supporter gives some supplies, the Vision continues.
Let’s do this together – let’s Find Needs and Fill Them, Find Hurts And Heal Them.