of Southern Colorado


July 2015 - Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
5:30 - 7:00 pm

First United Methodist Church, Room 21, Basement
420 N Nevada Ave.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Our guest speaker was Matthew Ayers, who serves as the Executive Director for the Dream Centers. He's all about seeing and serving vulnerable people. Matthew spent 12 years in the Air Force in program management and teaching before joining the New Life staff for 4 years. He led the launch of Dream Centers in 2011. Matthew is a Washington State native and graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Georgia College & State University and Fuller Theological Seminary. He enjoys travel, reading, the arts, outdoors, and live music. You might see him in a downtown cafe or on a trail running because he loves our city and the Colorado outdoors.

Dream Centers are made possible through the people leveraging their resources and serving to see this city flourish. We collaborate, provide holistic care, and balance our motives of compassion and justice in order that broken lives may be restored to wholeness. Dream Centers Women's Clinic provides holistic and quality women's health by qualified and friendly providers for women 18 to 64 in Colorado Springs who are uninsured or underinsured, and 13 to 17 year-olds who need a safe place with excellent care. We provide personalized care to meet every patient's individual needs and make each visit safe, encouraging and beneficial. Our staff and volunteers take extra steps to ensure patients are provided compassionate setting in which to receive professional medical care. Mary's Home is a transformation-minded program aimed at helping families move from a place of vulnerability to health and on their way to thriving, both in terms of housing and key relationships. Once accepted into the program, single mothers and their Once accepted into the program, single mothers and their children participate in three growth stages: Live (wherein they receive temporary housing), Live (wherein they are provided key life-skills through experiential education) and Love (wherein they experience healing and interpersonal connectivity via service projects). Adopt-a-Block: We love others through Adopt-a-Block because we are caught up in the extravagant love that God has in himself and for us. In every block we adopt, our neighbors experience God's loving pursuit. We love and serve our neighbors by building relationships and responding to their needs. We renew the Church by practicing consistent service with a relational focus in strategic locations. Joel Home is a partnership between Dream Centers of Colorado Springs and Children's HopeChest. Many children in the U.S. foster care system have lost their childhood years in a blur of government paperwork, social work, and foster care shuffle. After leaving (or emancipating from) the system, up to half of foster care kids are unemployed, and roughly one-quarter experience homelessness. Young adults in the Joel Home are being given a chance to beat those odds.

                    Our meetings are open to organizations and individuals who are interested in stopping
                    Modern Day Slavery, especially in our community.

                    For meeting information, please contact: bedwards12@aol.com                    
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