Dream Center Peoria

Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

Speakers at a press conference
Kristin McHugh / Peoria Public Radio

Ameren Illinois is issuing a challenge to supporters of Peoria’s Dream Center.

Dream Center prepares for annual back-to-school 'block party'

Jul 23, 2015
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

About 20 middle-school aged kids celebrated as the last backpack made its way down their assembly line into the pile of stuffed backpacks. That backpack, along with a few thousand more, will be given away to a student in need.

Kelsey Volk, an eighth-grader, traveled from Kansas to volunteer for the Dream Center.

"Mostly we've been doing behind-the-scenes work, so I can't wait to see the kids faces," Volk said.

Congressman Schock tours Dream Center

Feb 18, 2015
Denise Molina

A local Congressman is hoping to bring awareness to a Peoria charity’s work. Republican Aaron Schock Wednesday toured the Dream Center, and got an update on the many programs it offers to help those in need. Schock says it’s important to highlight organizations making a difference in the community.