Dream Center to expand homeless shelter and bring full kitchen and playground to building

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For years, the Dream Center in downtown Peoria has worked to provide families with a safe place to stay and help them get back on their feet.

The DCP relies on the core values of dignity, compassion, and purpose, and after the Peoria city council approved a grant to give the nonprofit $400,000 for renovations, the Dream Center plans to continue its charge.

“People are crowded, they’re crammed, we have a lot of kids.  And so we need to expand it so that we can serve people well,” said Dream Center’s Executive Director Andy King.

The Dream Center can accomplish that goal by completely renovating the third and fourth floors to expand its homeless shelter.

Phase one is renovating the fourth floor in downtown Peoria  and adding 3 more bedrooms as well as a rescue room for women who are trying to escape sex and/or human trafficking.

Phase two is that the Dream Center wants to serve their visitors with dignity, compassion, and purpose by bringing a dining room to the first floor of their building.

Executive Director Andy King says because the city of Peoria supports this project, it emphasizes the importance of getting the renovations done.

“For them to actually say and vote unanimously we want this grant to go to the Dream Center.  They’ve been saying things along the way that they do and we see it in the community, and now we want to help them.  It means the world to us,” said King.

The Dream Center is also adding a full kitchen to the first fllor, and a playground in the basement.

This entire project will cost around $1.7 million, the Dream Center has already raised over $500,000.

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can find the link below.  To give to the fourth floor renovation, type “4th floor” in the “Additional Comments” section.

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