COMMUNITY OUTREACH events provide the public at-large with tangible ways
to embrace those in our community who need a helping hand.
The Hope Store
THE HOPE STORE is a free clothing and household item store. It is open twice a month to the public and upon appointment for area resources.
When do you accept donations?
We have volunteers available to assist with donations Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am until noon. Otherwise you are more than welcome to bring your donations Tuesday through Friday and place them by the Hope Store door (first door on the right when you walk in the Hamilton Blvd. entrance.)
What do you take?
We accept good condition clothing, housewares such as plates, silverware, cups, pots and pans, towels, blankets, sheet sets, comforters and curtains, We only accept new toiletries such as lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant, shaving supplies, and body wash. We can NOT take electronics or furniture (including baby furniture.)
Where are you located?
We are located at 714 Hamilton Blvd. in downtown Peoria. When you pull into the Hamilton Blvd. parking lot we are the first loading area right off of the alley.
When are you open to shop and do I need to bring anything?
We are open to shop on the first Thursday and third Saturday of each month unless that falls on a holiday. You do not need to bring anything to shop.
How are donations used?
Donations are sorted and the in season items are placed on the racks, off season items are stored. Clients are able to acquire items when the store is open free of charge.
Through Backpack Peoria, the Dream Center partners with Peoria Public Schools and various community organizations to provide families with a one-stop shop to get ready for school.
On the last Saturday of July, we give away between 2500 and 3000 backpacks filled with school supplies. While at the event, families have an opportunity to register for school, get necessary dental and medical exams, meet with school administrators and get in touch with area resources.
MISSION PEORIA is a week-long mission trip for youth groups to give back to the city, neighborhoods and organizations of Peoria.
Students are split into teams and help with service projects and children’s ‘VBS-like’ programming.
Occurring in the fall and spring, Serve the City is where individuals, families, churches and organizations can unite to serve the city of Peoria and surrounding areas.
Smile. Eat. Receive.
Smile. Eat. Receive. is the Dream Center's version of giving back at Christmas. For families who don’t have a lot of disposable income, family pictures are taken few and far between.
During Smile.Eat.Receive. families and individuals are invited to get portraits taken by area professional photographers. We then frame those photos and give them to the families at no charge. For many, it is the first professional photo they have ever had.
Promise of Hope
PROMise of Hope allows high school girls the opportunity to shop for prom dresses and accessories every spring. Girls who attend are treated with love and dignity to remind them of their inherent worth.
Each girl can choose from hundreds of dresses to find ‘the dress’ and then match it with accessories. Everything is donated and given to the girls at no cost.