|Updated: 4/15/2013 9:27 am
||Published: 4/13/2013 11:17 pm
The Tulsa Dream Center, at 46th Street North, has expanded.
On Sunday, organizers at the center hosted an open house.
Walls at the Dream Center went up about 10 years ago, and they’re still standing.
An expansion project was just completed. The extra space will better serve North Tulsa and extend the center's reach.
"Being able to showcase this, it says a lot,” said Pastor Tim Newton.
Hundreds showed up for the event. Newton said hundreds more show up every week for medical attention, and groceries.
"There are great things happening out here in North Tulsa,” said Newton.
Rarely are volunteers praised. They're the unsung heroes. Even so, kids are always watching.
"They’re doing small things in the community and hopefully they're saying as well 'hey, this is something that I can do as well,” said Newton.
They're at an age where they're easily influenced. Parents usually send them to the Dream Center to be distracted and productive.
"You do what you have to do to keep them off the streets," said Kamika Kiel.
Kiel has all of her kids involved in one way or another at the Dream Center.
Strong faith is the foundation. Many volunteers come from ORU. The message: you can do it too.
"A lot of these kids don't think about college,” said Newton. “They don't realize college is something that's on their radar."
Last year, the Dream Center provided more than 16,000 meals, and more than 7,000 bags of groceries. All services are free of charge.