T he Dream Center is more than a building. The Dream Center of Pickens County is a faith-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit that has been offering assistance to families since May, 2012. A primary focus is a mentoring program for people living in poverty.
The program empowers people to make different choices by offering incentives rewards and guidance in budgeting, money management, parenting, and employment. To qualify for help, you must be ready to work hard to improve your life. Everything we do as an organization is intended to empower and equip, but above all, to point people to the love of Jesus Christ. “Dream Dollars’ can be earned by attending classes or volunteering and redeemed for clothing, gas cards, Christmas assistance, etc.
T he Dream Center of Pickens County exists to provide support and resources to individuals and families in need with an emphasis on helping them improve their lives with a hand-UP instead of a hand out.
Great Needs in Pickens County
M any of the urgent needs facing Pickens County stem from poverty, the lack of support available to those who desire to climb out of poverty, and a lack of education and mentoring for those who have chosen to settle into lives of long-term poverty.
The SHINE soup kitchen serves over 500 meals weekly.
Pickens County has a growing number of homeless families yet is the ONLY county in South Carolina with NO shelter and NO homeless relief.
There are 1,605 homeless school-age children in Pickens County.