Dodgers and the Dream Center

Saturday August 31, I went to the Dream Center in Los Angeles. The Dream Center is a Pentecostal Christian Church mission located at 2301 Bellevue Avenue in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles.

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The Founders are Pastor Tommy Barnett, Pastor Matthew Barnett & Pastor Caroline Barnett

From the Dreamcenter.org website:

Founded in 1994, The Dream Center is a volunteer driven organization that finds and fills the needs of over 50,000 individuals and families each month.

We do this through mobile hunger relief and medical programs, residential rehabilitation programs for teens and adults, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families, foster care intervention programs, job skills training, life skills counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more. We work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets.

We’re also equipping others to serve. The Dream Center’s record of success has attracted urban missionaries and Christian leaders from across the U.S. and the world. As they volunteer with us, they gain insight and skills that they can take back to their own communities.

In this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. Many more churches and ministries have become more effective as we teach those who give their time and talent to do what we do. Many who once needed our services also go on to help others.
– See more at: http://www.dreamcenter.org/about-us/#sthash.yLfuDfKC.dpuf

My friend Amanda who volunteers for the Dream Center has invited me several times,    She started going back when Josh Lindblom was with the Dodgers.   This time she told me that  there was going to be a private kids baseball clinic conducted by some Dodgers.   I went with my brother Victor and we stayed in the background taking some pictures.

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Clayton Kershaw, Shumaker, Andre Ethier, Nick Punto & Mark Ellis.  .  On the left corner is Jonathan who Amanda introduced me to.  Jonah has a lot of energy and it shows that he loves working for the Dream Center. Pastor Matthew Barnett is on the right side.   Later on J.P. Howell joined the group.

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Clayton Kershaw,

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Andre Ethier showing the kids how to hit.

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Mark Ellis

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J. P. Howell talking also about his foundation “Discover Your Path”

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Pastor Matthew Barnett talking to J.P. Howell

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A beautiful day while a little girl is swinging for the fences with Andre Ethier checking her swing

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Another kid about to swing under Ethier’s watchful eye

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Clayton Kershaw catching for the kids

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Here I am looking looking at Andre work with one of the kids.

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Kershaw and Shumaker

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This last picture is for Amanda.  Thanks Amanda.  The Dreamcenter is a great cause.  Go to the website and www.dreamcenter.org and check it out.  Check out Pastor Matthew Barnett blog and check out his new book http://zachkeller.net/godsdream/index.html

3 Comments

This is just great Emma! I have been looking to do some volunteer work and have contacted the food pantry in Santa Clarita, where I live in hopes of being able to help others.

Kristin, It looks like a great place to volunteer. You can talk to Amanda about it. They do this “Adopt a Block” where they go on the streets helping people on Saturdays. I am not sure if you know Amanda. She can tell you more about it.

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