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 accept donations Tu and Th from 9:00a- noon

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.

The dates for 2019 are:

8/8, 8/17, 9/5, 9/21, 10/3, 10/19, 11/7, 11/16, 12/5, 12/21


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. 

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.

For more information contact, Sherri Ernst, our Community Outreach Coordinator at