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.


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.


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


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.


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.

“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 |

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 supply center that supplies clothing and more to families with children in care in Madison County and surrounding areas. Go to their Facebook page to learn how to get involved or about becoming a foster and/or adoptive family!
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.