Pastor Tommy Barnett heads a large and growing church in Phoenix, AZ. Many years ago, as he was growing his church, he felt a calling to reach out to the hurting in Los Angeles
In his effort to be faithful, Pastor Tommy worked hard to interest other pastors in joining him to care for Los Angeles. Each time, he would take his prospective partners to the area they would change their minds.
Years later, God showed Pastor Tommy that his youngest son, Matthew, was the one to send to Los Angeles. Matthew assumed the position of Pastor at a small church, Bethel Temple, in 1994. He was just 20 years old.
As his outreach grew and the church came to life, Pastor Matthew noticed the old, vacant Queen of Angels Hospital in Echo Park. He saw his father’s dream could become a reality in that historic building – a place to offer God’s love to the homeless and addicted, to victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence, to emancipated foster youth, and to those who hunger for food and hope.
The San Diego Dream Center’s purpose is to reconnect isolated people to God and a community of support by providing human services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, education, and human trafficking.
We are building a community of resilient people whose lives have been redeemed by God’s love. The lives we change are not merely examples of God’s power to restore broken lives. The men, women and families we help also go on to share that love with others, to pass on the hope they have been given, and to make transformation possible for others.
San Diego Dream Center - What We Do
The San Diego Dream Center has implemented programs that offer individuals and families resources and assistance to provide them with the Keys to Success in overcoming some of life’s most challenging issues. With our well-trained and skilled volunteers, we aim to help people overcome addictions, homelessness, and the effects of human-trafficking. Our motto is: “Find A Need and Fill It, Find A Hurt and Heal It. Through programs like our 1 year discipleship program and transitional housing we are able to help individuals and families get off the street and get a fresh start in life.