|Updated: 1/22/2013 9:07 am
||Published: 1/21/2013 9:33 pm
The Tulsa Dream Center has been inspiring dreams for Tulsa’s youth and adults for 13 years.
On the day as American’s remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Center has never forgotten the message of living the dream.
"It’s not too late to dream,” said Tulsa Dream Center Director Pastor Wendell Hope.
Dreams start as young as toddlers. Eight-year-old Asia has been coming to the Dream Center since she was a toddler.
"I like to come here and learn about God.”
The Tulsa Dream Center is known as a beacon of hope in a community that’s been surrounded by crime and where the City of Tulsa shutdown recreation centers.
For 13 years the Dream Center has been providing after-school programs for 65 kids during the week and 200 on the weekends.
"We want them to come here and feel safe and let their hair down, just feel at home,” said Hope.
Teenage girls like the extra attention on school work.
“They help you with what you need, the dream center helps with tutoring,” said 15-year-old Ivory.
Pastors report kids who come to the Dream Center test better in math and reading.
This past fall leaders added a new wing filled with 20,000 square feet of new room including a computer lab.
"We've seen a dramatic difference in their school work,” said Hope.
Their dreams are getting bigger and wiser.
"I dream about being good to others,” said Asia.
Boys took a break from basketball to talk to FOX23 News about their dreams.
"My dream is to have a good time at the Dream Center and all of us have peace,” said 12-year-old Joshua.
Other dreamed of being like Pastor Wendell Hope. Limitless dreams are born each day out of the Dream Center.
"I want to be a doctor,” said Ivory.
The Dream Center provides after-school programs, medical, food and clothes and ministry for all ages.
The Center is run by Victory Christian Church.