Canyon Lakers make a difference at Dream Center

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The Dream Center of Lake Elsinore is right in our own back yard but few have heard of it. Dream Center Directors Aubrey and Brett Masters explain the Dream Center’s mission is to “Restore and Rebuild the People and Property of Lake Elsinore physically, emotionally, and spiritually.” The Dream Center was founded in 2014. In 2018, it served 11,537 local adults, 80 local youth and 5,540 local children – some of which are Canyon Lake residents.

Fourteen Canyon Laker’s volunteer regularly and others volunteer occasionally either at Dream Center or their recently acquired HOPE (Helping Our People in Elsinore) local food pantry founded in 1990.

Canyon Lake volunteers significantly contribute to the volunteer hours which in 2018 totaled 11,622. A few Canyon Lake residents, including Dick Siems, Diane Simones, Virginia and Mitch Marshal and Connie and Doug Leff, have been longtime leaders at Dream Center and HOPE.

The City of Canyon Lake and the Canyon Lake Lioness Club contribute annually to HOPE’s November Turkey Drive. The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club puts out a HOPE “sack” on every table during its monthly meetings, providing its members with an opportunity to make a contribution.

Dream Center has several programs, including Adopt-A-Block, which meets every Saturday morning with about 25 volunteers ministering to local residents; Dream Projects, a mentoring program for Ortega (Continuation) High School students; Back-to-School Bash celebrating the end of summer and return to school with free physicals, haircuts, games, live music, lunch and backpacks filled with school supplies; City Serve  organizes tens of volunteers each fall, including several from Canyon Lake, to provide hands-on labor for a wide variety of projects from gardening, trash removal, painting and general maintenance for local residents; Easter Fest celebrating the risen Lord with the community via bounce houses, games, face painting, balloon art, crafts, live music, free lunch and an Easter egg hunt; and DC Athletics program in which every summer about 20 volunteers conduct a no-charge soccer league for about 60 low-income Lake Elsinore kids.

“This is one great way to show God’s love to our marginalized neighbors in and around Lake Elsinore,” said volunteer Dick Siems of Canyon Lake. For more information about the Dream Center, visit dreamcenterle.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab.

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