Dream Center of Pickens County

Our Story

In 2011, Jim and Chris Wilson found themselves in a place where many Christians end up. They had spent many years filling a church pew and serving only inside the walls of their church. Through studying scripture they realized that God was calling them outside the walls.

jim & chris


The Wilson’s, along with a few of their like-minded friends, decided to start meeting each week to pray about how they could offer a place of hope in the community where people in need could receive a hand-up instead of a hand out. After meeting every week for a year, The Dream Center of Pickens County was incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit in May, 2012. There was no building, but there was a vision.

The group continued to meet over the next year and began helping people in need. Michael Barnes, a member of the founding group, picked up a homeless lady named Kay off the streets of Easley. The group mentored Kay and within nine months, she had two jobs, housing and paid cash for a car. Momentum began to grow as others began seeking help from The Dream Center group.

The founding group pooled their money and with the help of donors, purchased the former Simpson Academy Alternative School in October, 2013. Since that time, The Dream Center has helped hundreds of people in need with a hand up instead of a hand out. Also serving as a hub of support for those in need, The Dream Center is home to seven other non-profit organizations including the Shine soup kitchen, 5 Point Church Food Bank, Reach, Samaritan Dental Clinic, JC Cares, and Predestined Teen Outreach. The Dream Center opened The Dream Center Resale Store in Easley in October, 2015 to help with financial sustainability of the ministry.

Founding Group Members

  • Jim and Chris Wilson
  • Bob and Shannon Leatherwood
  • Amanda Taylor
  • Libby Dalton
  • Michael Barnes

  • Lee Foster
  • Steven Lambright
  • Carol Black
  • Julie Caldwell

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