The Dream Center Network was founded by Tommy Barnett in 1994 with the first Dream Center in Los Angeles. Since then the Dream Center Network has enjoyed a prolific history of expanding throughout the world with over 267 Dream Centers world wide. In 2006 we came together as a small group of dreamers and we embarked on a mission to establish a Dream Center in Phoenix. We had in our hearts this one goal, “To find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it”.
We gathered together on a bus and toured around the city looking for different properties. Eventually we came upon an old 4-story Embassy Suites Hotel that was for sale and we knew that this was the place to start our dream. Through a series of capital campaigns, mostly from the faith community, $4.7MM in support was raised which paid the building completely off within the first year.
We then began with community based outreach services, providing daily feedings to the homeless and at risk youth in the community. These outreaches soon led to the need to provide housing services with sobriety, life recovery and medical services soon to follow. Beginning initially with housing 60 people and outreach services reaching 500 in the streets with food, we were able to grow the model to eventually provide housing to over 450 each night and reaching 36,000 in the community each month with critical food and hospitality based services.