Transforming Lives & Community
We do this through Youth Care Services, Community Engagement and Transformation, Mentorship Programmes, Street Outreach to the unsheltered community of Auckland, Educational support and our Foodbank and Clothing Outreach. Meeting people where they are at to bring hope & restoration back into their lives.
Our mission is to connect people to a community of support by providing resources and services that address immediate and long-term needs in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, abuse and education. A large focus of our delivery also includes 24/7 wrap-around whānau youth care services in partnership with Oranga Tamariki.
How We Do It
Youth Care Services
Auckland Dream Centre 24/7 residential whānau care is designed to help Pacific and Maori tamariki and rangatahi youth achieve a well-balanced life in a safe and supportive space. Tamariki and rangatahi youth are referred to the Auckland Dream Centre by Oranga Tamariki Hub.
We champion youth to re-engage in education or trade, develop safe boundaries and healthy routines whilst building positive goals within a safe and structured environment. The wrap around youth services involve life skills training, youth mentoring, wellbeing and fitness, cultural and identity awareness, connection and arts, long term and short term goal setting, counselling and community engagement and transformation.
We have a dedicated team of Dream Centre Mentors focused on helping children/youth who are struggling with complex home situations and/or facing disciplinary actions. Generally these young people have been brought to our attention by the NZ Police Youth team, Oranga Tamariki or schools in our Adopt-a-Block communities.
We work with whanau and provide a “buddy" for the young person in crisis, who helps them to consider more positive choices and aids in the process of restoration. The result is a workable outcome for youth, whanau and community.
Adopt-A-Block is a volunteer-driven community outreach that finds the needs and heals the hurt. Adopt-A-Block activities include school beautification projects, food distribution, clothing giveaways, neighbourhood clean-ups, sport and wellbeing initiatives, budgeting advice, medical health checks, consultation and more.
"We get to serve" is a mandate Auckland Dream Centre volunteers carry, as we engage with the homeless community of our city.
Our teams are able to meet the immediate needs with food and hot drinks but also share vital information of how they can move towards help, connecting with agencies for support. We are releasing God's power of hope through prayer and having conversations that encourage and are meaningful to positive next steps.
Auckland Dream Centre Foodbank resource our Adopt-A-Block communities by providing food parcels and pre-cooked meals to families and individuals who are in need. To find out how you can register for this service, contact us for a chat and assessment process.
Clothing outreach resources our community engagement programmes. Over 3000+ pre-loved clothing are "free" to our various Adopt-a-Block communities across Auckland with the goal of building support with dignity. Donated goods are often treasure to those who are in need.