Our Mission


The mission of the Asheville Dream Center is facilitating spiritual, social, and economic transformation through the love of Jesus Christ in the greater Asheville region. The Asheville Dream Center is a resource center bringing Christ-centered solutions to addiction, hunger, trauma, gun violence, and unemployment through building life-giving relationships. The Dream Center collaborates with various community organizations to facilitate meeting the needs of families. These include:

  • Family enrichment programs
  • Gun violence prevention
  • Gang violence prevention and intervention
  • Youth mentoring programs
  • Single moms
  • Grief Coaching of moms who have lost their child to gun violence
  • Community partnerships
  • Project Prevention for at-risk families
  • Job readiness
  • Education and Career readiness programs
  • Re-entry programs
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Equity Inclusion
  • Community Cleanups
  • School enrichment intervention
  • Drug prevention and intervention
  • Fatherhood Initiatives
  • Human trafficking prevention and intervention
  • Community development

Our Vision


To be an inner-city resource center bringing Christ-centered solutions to addiction, hunger, trauma, and unemployment through building life-giving relationships. With poverty, drug addictions and crime statistics continually on the rise, our outreaches focus on the full successful transformation of people’s lives through the power of Christ.

What Is A Dream Center?


Founded in 1994, The Dream Center was started by Pastors Tommy and Matthew Barnett in Los Angeles, CA. It is a volunteer-driven organization that finds and fills the needs of thousands in their city through approximately 70,000 encounters each month, with many accessing multiple services, as well as housing over 500 people in their residential programs. Some of their ministries include mobile hunger relief, free medical services, residential rehabilitation programs, a shelter for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing for homeless families and veterans, foster care intervention programs, job and life skills training, counseling, basic education, Bible studies and more! They work to meet people where they are at, to bring them hope and a way off the streets. The Dream Center’s record of success has attracted others to start Dream Centers in their own cities, and in this way, more than 100 independent Dream Centers have been launched nationally, as well as internationally. It has been called “the church that never sleeps” or the 24/7 church.