The Dream Center’s purpose is to reconnect isolated people to God and a community of support by providing and or connecting them with human services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger relief, medical care, education, and job training.
We are building a community of resilient people whose lives have been redeemed by God’s love. The lives that change are not merely examples of God’s power to restore broken lives. The men, women and families we help also go on to share that love with others, to pass on the hope they have been given, and to make transformation possible for others.
The Director, Richard Linares, dealt with many issues growing up such as Insecurities, Sexual abuse, Depression, Anxieties, Gangs, Drugs, Violence, Homelessness, and Suicide attempts. Methamphetamine & crack cocaine took a toll on his life along with several other life controlling addictions. He was not raised in the church but came to a point in his life that he acknowledged so much evil that he was left questioning the possibilities of their being a God.
He got a hold of a Gideon’s Bible and while under the influence of Drugs would read the scriptures that matched with his emotions based on the Index. He found himself looking into the mirror of his apartment and would just cry and see nothing but darkness as the tears would just pour from his eyes. He would ask himself the question “if this is what life was all about?”. He would cry out to the Lord in his addiction and would pray for a place that would be open 24/7 to minister and provide for those who did not only have problems mon-fri from 9am-5pm like him. His life has been a journey and in 2001 he had a Drastic Turnaround to only find himself falling away from the lord for a whole year in 2002. In 2003 he realized that he could no longer continue living the way he was living or else he was gonna die. He sought a member from church who had left an impression on him when he first gave his life to the Lord and arrived at Sister Barbaras house. Barbara Perez & Cathy prayed with him and told him about the Los Angeles Dream Center. A Prophecy was spoken over him “that the Lord would prepare him for ministry at the Dream Center and that he would become a Pastor commissioned to help others. He realized he was created for a purpose and had a Longing to Know God and Believe in Jesus Christ! He would arrive at the Dream Center in 2003 and enter the FREE 1 Year Dream Center Discipleship Program. It was not easy for him and but he would manage to keep on getting up after falling numerous times. He served at the Dream Center in various roles for 6 Years and attended Angelus Bible Institute.
He has Learned that life is a Journey and that everything happens for a reason. He know what it feels like to have no worth and struggle with the thoughts “I would be better off Dead” or “Does anyone care?”. He has learned that life is an opportunity to serve others and enjoy life. He shares It’s not always easy, but is anything? He has learned that Success in life is not measured by titles, acknowledgments or achievements, It is measured by a willingness to Never Give up. He is an open book, he shares his life struggles and shares the worst moments as a testimony of the results of bad choices. He is living proof that obstacles can be overcome and life can be enjoyed!! He is a silly guy when it comes to his personality. He also has a passion to Serve, Educate, Empower and influence Today’s Culture and Youth to live a Better Life!!! Not desiring to give hand outs but giving Hands Up!!!! Enabling them to be a Success No matter what the situation!