The Dream Center is a volunteer-driven ministry. We rely on the help of hundreds of volunteers each week to fulfill our mission to heal the brokenhearted, minister to the poor and set the captives free. Our goal is to connect your hands of service with the heart of Jesus. We have designed our volunteer opportunities to fit a variety of ages and schedules. You can “Give a Day,” “Give a Weekend,” or “Give a Week.”
Adopt-a-Block: Adopt-A-Block is the ministry outreach that launched the Atlanta Dream Center and exists to serve low-income communities in and around Atlanta. After a time spent in unified worship and prayer, we go door to door, connecting with families, offering prayer, facilitating sports and games for children and youth, and inviting our neighbors to join us at church the following day. Through Adopt-a-Block, the Atlanta Dream Center aims to establish lasting relationships and show God’s love to all individuals we encounter.
Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Compassion Night: Every Thursday night we take volunteers into the streets of Atlanta to distribute food and minister to the homeless. Our goal is to build relationships and invite them into an ongoing discipleship. On any given Thursday night, we can reach out to over 100 struggling men and women. (Please note: this is an Age 13 + outreach). Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Princess Night: Every Saturday, Princess Night volunteers share a message of God’s love, hope, and restoration with exploited and hard-to-reach women. Through consistent outreach we build relationships and establish trust, ultimately offering each woman an opportunity to escape the bondage of sexual exploitation and embrace physical and spiritual freedom. Those who accept are rescued from the streets and presented with a new life – one marked, not by ashes, but by love and beauty in Him. After training and prayer, we go to areas of street prostitution to hand out roses and handwritten cards of encouragement and scripture. We let the ladies know that they are loved and beautiful, and ask if there is anything we can pray with them about. This is a time we ensure they receive our 24/7 hotline phone number that they can call anytime to be rescued.
Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Age 16+ outreach)
Out of Darkness Ministry
Safe Home: Our Safe Home is where the women go directly after being picked up off the street. This is not a long-term recovery program, but more of a short-term, crisis shelter for the women to go until placed into a long-term recovery program. While the women are at our Safe Home, trained volunteers (females only) come along-side them by spending time with them, leading group activities, cooking meals together, driving women to various appointments, etc. There is also a big need for mentors for the ladies in their long-term programs! This is a wonderful opportunity to be an encouragement through letters, visits, phone calls and community support. As the ladies move on from our home and are placed into a long-term recovery program, we have seen big difference in success with ladies who have support and community around them as they continue their journey of restoration!
Encounter Outreach Team: Encounter is on a Friday night from 7 pm – 3 am. Encounter is considered a long-term opportunity. This specific Friday night outreach is an opportunity for volunteers to come together to encounter God, encounter individuals in the sex industry and invite them into encounters with the Most High God.
Encounter begins with share time, prayer, and worship. The Encounter Team then continues to worship by eating together at a restaurant in the ministry area, financially investing in the legitimate businesses and ministering to employees at the restaurant. After dinner, the team goes to the red light districts and/or strip clubs of Atlanta to minister to commercially sexually exploited individuals in the sex industry. The evening of outreach ends around 3 AM after debrief and prayer.
Medical Training Team: This team raises awareness and provides education for emergency room staff, first responders, medical and nursing students, rape crisis centers, urgent and primary care providers, etc. on how to identify victims of trafficking and what resources are available for them to utilize if they suspect a trafficking victim.
Ambassador Team: Our awareness team serves as a voice for the oppressed, representing Out of Darkness at various events, fundraisers, and churches and bringing to light the dynamics behind commercial sexual exploitation and what Out of Darkness is doing to address these issues.
Prayer Team: Out of Darkness prayer team is a support team for all other teams. We do this by lifting up rescues in progress, covering the safe houses, staff, and outreach groups in spiritual protection. Our mission is to have someone praying at all times that we would see God work thorough this ministry in a mighty way, and raise up an army of prayer warriors.
Dream Kidz Ministry
As the Prevention Ministry at the Dream Center, the children we work with in Dream Kidz are highly at risk for commercial sexual exploitation, homelessness, addiction, and academic failure. Our ultimate goal in Metro Kidz is to reach the children in Atlanta while they are young and lay a solid foundation for their lives, so that when they are adults they do not need rescue.
Kidz Club: Our outreaches aim to build Christ-centered relationships with children in vulnerable communities, breaking the cycles of violence, abuse and addiction for the generations to come. Activities vary, but during this time, we share the gospel through playing games, performing skits, creating art, praying for each other, and worshipping God together. Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
NOTE: Ken Fuller, who is a member of Apostles, serves on the Atlanta Dream Center board of directors, and is a great resource for introductions and volunteer opportunities with this ministry. His contact information is; email@example.com | (404) 787-1897