Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it.

aka LA Dream Center   |   Los Angeles, CA   |
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EIN: 95-1803686  Subordinate info


OUR MISSION: Transforming lives and communities through Christ - body, soul, spirit. OUR VISION: To see everyone live their God-given dream.

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Matthew Barnett


Caroline Barnett

Main address

2301 Bellevue Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90026 USA

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Subject area info

Adult literacy

High school equivalency


Corporate social responsibility


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Population served info

Children and youth



Foster and adoptive parents

Adolescent parents

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NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.



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Our programs

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Restore LA

A program where teams of volunteers go out to low-income neighborhoods and mow lawns, clean streets, paint graffiti and do minor home repairs.

Food Outreach Programs:
We serve the homeless three hot meals daily, deliver and provide groceries at 23 sites for over 30,000 people a week, in addition to going out to the Skid Row to serve hot meals to those living on the Street.

Adult Recovery:
A one-year residential recovery program. These programs address the root causes of each individual's situation. They participate in counseling to overcome addictions and abuses with the goal of successfully returning to their families or re-entering the community. And two subsequent year-long transitional programs for those who completed the initial program to facilitate re-integration as contributing members of the community.

Residential Programs:
Free housing with all living essentials for families, veterans, and foster youth experiencing homelessness.

Population(s) Served

This free one-year, Christ-centered residential recovery program is open to men and women who are ready to overcome life controlling issues. Your support will empower them to confront and overcome their issues by learning to create positive coping techniques based on Biblical principles.

Population(s) Served

The Mobile Food Distribution Program delivers vital nutrition to Los Angeles’ most impoverished communities. Last year, over
560,000 bags of groceries were delivered to single mothers, working poor
families, disabled individuals, the unemployed, and the elderly who would
otherwise have limited access to fresh, quality food, due to issues of cost and

Population(s) Served

Our Human Trafficking Program exists for the purpose of helping those individuals who are survivors of Human/Sex trafficking. We are dedicated to short -term care by providing a safe temporary environment for the survivor while they determine what their next step may be. We are dedicated to long term care by providing a program to prepare the survivor for rebuilding their broken lives so that they can return back into society. Help us create a positive spiritual environment by giving today.

Population(s) Served

Foster Care Intervention is dedicated to keeping families together by providing the
necessary items for households to meet Los Angeles County Department of
Children and Family Services (DCFS) requirements, thereby preventing children
from being taken from loving parents who are simply struggling financially.

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Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Dream Center's programs and services work to reconnect marginalized people to a community of support by providing human services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger relief, medical care, and education. Our greatest financial goal is to raise a $100,000,000 endowment to ensure the perpetuity of our impact to improve the lives of the most vulnerable.

Transforming lives and communities through Christ- body, soul, spirit.

To see everyone live their God-given dream.

Learn more about our impact by taking a virtual tour today.

The Dream Center Foundation enables The Dream Center to develop programs and services to meet the immediate needs of impoverished residents of Los Angeles communities by raising funds to support programming and infrastructure. Major funding comes from public and private sources, including foundations, corporations, and individuals. Our professional Development team uses various strategies to provide diversified funding streams including online giving, event sponsorship, grants, direct mail and phone support.

The Dream Center serves over 80,000 people each month though extensive programs and service outreaches such as, food distribution, a residential recovery program, a private secondary school for at-risk teens, counseling, assistance for victims of human trafficking, adult education, foster care intervention services and transitional housing for the homeless. In order to provide these comprehensive services a large full-time, on-site volunteer base assists with day-to-day operations, as well as short-term volunteers who assist with large-scale outreaches. In addition to that, hundreds of local and community volunteers serve with the various outreaches.

The Dream Center Foundation (DCF) maintains a staff of professional development officers who make it their goal to identify and pursue new donors, as well as maintaining effective communications with current donors. Additionally, our Grants Department and Corporate Relations Department work with private foundations and corporations to secure volunteers and funding to meet the goals of DCF. Our Marketing Department is continually building and improving the Dream Center brand to promote greater visibility within the community at large. Special events such as our Annual “Night of Dreams" Gala and LA Marathon are major fundraising events that have been highly successful in raising awareness and new sources of funding.

While the Dream Center Foundation has seen great increase in its Online giving channel, we recognize that there is much potential for funding that remains untapped. Areas that are receiving more attention this year include increasing our cultivation of major donors, corporations and foundations.


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Matthew Barnett

Matthew Barnett co-founded the Dream Center in Los Angeles, providing services to those in need and helping them break the cycle of poverty and addiction. The center offers comprehensive services, including transitional housing, job training, medical and dental care, and meals for the homeless and low-income families. The Dream Center's work has helped thousands of people, and under Matthew's leadership, it has grown into a multi-faceted organization. He also founded the Dream Center Leadership School, an institute that equips youth to be community leaders, builders, and influencers with the tools to make a positive impact. Pastor Barnett is an internationally recognized author, speaker, advocate for the vulnerable, and champion of recovery. As well as a promoter of second, third, fourth, and fifth chances to get things right in life. Matthew's work has been recognized by numerous organizations, and his commitment to helping others continues to inspire.


Caroline Barnett

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Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
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Board chair

Pastor Tommy Barnett

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2022

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