Peggy Godsey has seen first hand what kind of transformations the Phoenix Dream Center is capable of making in a person.
Her son, Jason, battled with alcohol and prescription drug addiction before an overdose made him reexamine his life.
"When he woke up, I told him, because I was a single mom and knew what was going on in his life, that he didn't have a choice, he needed to get clean," Godsey said.
The Phoenix Dream Center has multiple arms that stretch deep into the local community. They help with recovery and the transition back into normal life, like with Jason, they bring food and shelter to the poor and homeless and they also help get women out of human trafficking, what is casually referred to as prostitution.
The latter, which is called the Rescue Project, has pulled 58 girls off the streets in the past two years since the program began. They have also helped hundreds of others through community outreach programs.
The Rescue Project is a program of the Dream Center and the girls are housed at an undisclosed location, but the other programs, such as feeding thousands of people in need each month, and the Life Recovery Program, takes place in a single building in Phoenix.
According to an employee, they touch the lives of 40,000 people each month.
"Not that many people know about us or what we do," said Kathie Gadberry, chief development officer for the Phoenix Dream Center. "Our goal and vision is to help the entire community and anyone in need."
They hosted a Christmas dinner on Dec. 3 and fed nearly 1,200 people in total, including 200 children. They also gave purses filled with cosmetics to the women, and bags with toiletries to the men.
Godsey, a Chandler resident who works inside the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce building, has been collecting goods for the Phoenix Dream Center. It all goes back to her son and how their services helped him get his life back on track.
"Jason is 39 now, and his life has just begun," she said. "His life has completely turned around. God's hands really touch that place."
He has come full circle, Godsey said. He now works at the center where he mentors others on life choices, and through another class where he helps teach men who grew up without fathers to be a father and a husband.
"He went through the class first because he was raised without a dad, and it helped him immensely," she added.
Gadberry said because they are exclusively funded by outside donations, the organization is always looking for donations. More information and monetary donations to the Phoenix Dream Center, 3210 Grand Ave., can be made on the website, www.phxdreamcenter.org. Donations can also be dropped off in the Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce building, at 3840 E. Ray Road.
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