Change: From the Inside Out
The vast majority of people view change as one of the most traumatic experiences in life. But there is a way to change effortlessly. Sound crazy? Maybe so, but let me ask you this... Have you ever seen a plant that’s green and growing and not in a constant state of change? For the plant, it’s effortless; it just grows, and the change is evident to everyone. Our lives should be like that—green, growing, changing, and evident to others.
If you’re like a lot of people, you have probably tried to change many times but find it hard and frustrating. That’s because you aren’t going about it God’s way. The only effort on your part is to put God’s Word in your heart and protect and nurture it. Then God’s Word will produce the change. Key words "in your heart".
It's one thing to hear or read that God loves you unconditionally, and has wired you to do amazing things, but it's another thing to really know it, deep inside. When you know it and believe it, something awesome starts to happen...change...from the inside out. When you really know how valuable you are in His eyes, you start to value yourself. You start to break out of your status quo.
At the Dream Center, we believe that breaking the cycle of poverty starts from the inside of a person and eventually works its way to the outside. Though we provide the food and clothing, our primary focus is to offer people the opportunity to learn who God says they are: priceless. To set them on a path where they can someday provide for themselves and their loved ones.
Joining Robins’ Nest in their Expansion
About a year ago, I came across the South Jersey Dream Center, where staff were extremely friendly, welcoming, and helpful. It was so great to have a resource with such a large range of items to provide to our families. I will continue to utilize the Dream Center as a resource to obtain items needed to assist the families I serve in becoming successful. - Amanda M. (Family Ties Therapist)
It has been a joy to work with Lisa Bennett, Cassandra Boyce (upper left), and the Robins' Nest staff in providing baby and household items every week for the families they serve. Recently, we participated in their Community Care Day by donating 100 diaper bags, 100 packages of diapers, and 100 packs of wipes for their "Baby Bundles" (upper right). What fun! God bless you as you merge with Acenda Integrated Health, now offering over 100 programs to support children, adults, families, veterans, caregivers and the community at large. We look forward to our continued partnership!
Meet Patty and Ed. After retiring from their successful professional careers, they are giving back to the local community as loyal and committed volunteers at the Dream Center. Patty (left) helps sort through incoming donated clothing, household and baby items and prepares them for distribution. Ed (right photo, on right) picks up our weekly and monthly food donations, lost and found donations, and donations from individuals and corporations. He also delivers food to our partner agencies in the local community. They are part of our rapidly growing volunteer staff...BUT we still have leadership and supportive opportunities available. Learn More
We salute our volunteers from the Mantua and Turnersville Kohl's Cares Program (left), the drivers from J K United Corp. who donated an 18-wheeler and their services to transport our Amazon donation (middle), and to the employees of Disk Makers in Pennsauken for hosting a "Jean Drive" (right)!
DIAPER DRIVE - Jaquay Ruff, along with Brian Bast deliver another LOAD OF LOVE, from the True North Church. 1 in 3 families struggle to provide their child with a basic essential - a clean, dry diaper. BIG thanks to you for hosting Diaper Drive #3 on our behalf.
GROUP VOLUNTEERS - Thank you Jenn for rallying your TD Bank HR Department in Mount Laurel to serve as Corporate Group Volunteers. Bravo!