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Who We Are

Mission:

Building Bridges of Hope

The Huntsville Dream Center is an outreach and community service organization dedicated to serving the needs of the communities in Huntsville, Madison County, and the surrounding region. We seek to “build bridges of hope” through connecting with churches, businesses, and organizations to provide time and resources. We desire to touch the lives of those in need physically, mentally, and spiritually through showing the love and hope of Christ. We are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization.

Outreach

Not only do we want to help provide for the physical needs of our community but we also desire for them to receive support to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Connection

Collaborate with other agencies; share resources; develop a network that WORKS togethers to meet needs and change lives.

Building Bridges

Find REAL needs.  Build Bridges of Relationship with churches, businesses, schools, neighborhoods, and more.  Provide pathways out of poverty, addiction and abuse.


“…Love in action is service. Try to give unconditionally whatever a person needs in the moment.
The point is to do something, however small, and show you care through
your actions by giving your time… We feel what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean,
but that ocean would be less without that drop.“

– Mother Teresa

Our Leadership Team

Founders

Pastors Rusty & Leisa Nelson

Rusty and Leisa Nelson are the pastors of The Rock Family Worship center and founders of the Huntsville Dream Center. After serving as Senior Associates and Worship Leaders at New Life Christian Fellowship in Jacksonville, Florida; Rusty and Leisa moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1999 to plant a new multi-cultural church. Beginning with 13 people in their living room, The Rock Family Worship Center began to reach out into the community with love and compassion. The Church has grown to over 4000 with 4 Campuses. Their heart for this city and region have produced numerous outreaches, programs, missions and more, all to be the hands and feet of Jesus to a community.

Directors

Pastors Chris & Jamie Mitchell

Chris and Jamie serve as the executive directors of the Huntsville Dream Center. Both graduates of Christ for the Nations Bible Institute in Dallas, Tx, they have served in several ministry capacities across the Southeast over the past 32 years. In 2001, Chris and Jamie founded the Columbus Dream Center located in Columbus, Georgia. Their passion in Huntsville through the HDC is to build bridges of HOPE to this community and surrounding region by developing programs that meet the spiritual, physical and relational needs of children, families, and individuals. They have two adult children, Jamin, married to Laura Lynn and Lynsey, married to Stewart. They also have two adorable grandsons named Jude and Justice.

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Program & Project Manager

Danielle Smiley

Danielle Smiley joined the HDC leadership team as the Program & Project Manager in January 2015. With a heart to serve and love others, Danielle has thoroughly enjoyed being a part of HDC and the abundant platform for touching lives that it provides. She desires to continue to aid in the improvement and creation of programs, services, and outreaches that truly build bridges of hope for our communities. One of the scriptures that exemplifies Danielle’s heart for loving and lifting up others is:

 

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:13-14 NIV

“Having hope will give you courage.
    You will be protected and will rest in safety.”

Job 11:18 NLT
Our Organizations 

Manna House
Manna House is a charitable organization that provides food assistance to those in need in North Alabama and surrounding areas. We are supported by contributions from individuals, churches, civic groups, and businesses. While some food is donated and locally grown, most is purchased through charitable donations for our distribution programs.
| Check out this blog on how, week after week, Manna House is able to meet needs in our community |
P.A.R

Prepare and Respond is a united faith-based organization with the focus of providing service and relief to the communities of North Alabama during times of natural disaster.  It is comprised of Christian churches, organizations, businesses, and individuals. The united organization is comprised of 100% volunteer groups, all of whom serve on a volunteer basis and exist totally on charitable donations. 

Our Kids
OUR KIDS’s mission is to bring the community together to support our kids as we bring to light the importance of adoption and foster care in our area. Our Kids has a clothing closet for foster children in Madison County as well as hosts an annual 5K Run to raise awareness with proceeds going directly to fund charitable organizations that support adoption and foster care.
Our Partnerships

 

Boys & Girls Club

Step inside any of the 10 Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, and you will find something magical: young people learning and connecting with caring adults. You will see children completing their homework; teens researching colleges or planning a community service project; club members running, jumping, laughing, having fun and improving their health at the same time.

Keep Volunteering

KeepVolunteering believes in assisting communities in understanding their vulnerabilities, taking positive collective actions to limit the impact of a disruptive crisis, and recovering rapidly from disasters of all kinds, is a team effort.