Central Florida Dream Center was created to empower individuals and communities to self-sufficiency by helping them understand and change harmful habits that are destroying the lives of individuals, families and communities. Beginning in our local community of Sanford, Florida, Central Florida Dream Center has made it our goal to change this dynamic. We desire to create a new paradigm for our community and others.
Our community suffers the same as many other communities: as much as 9 out of 10 families in the inner-city are fatherless. This creates a great burden on the family, especially the single mother. This results in disturbing consequences for the children. These include:
- 90% of runaway children are from fatherless homes.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes.
- 71% of high school drop-outs are from fatherless homes.
- 85% of youth in prison are from fatherless homes.
- 90% of inmates on death row are from fatherless homes.
At Central Florida Dream Center, we do not accept what these numbers mean. We believe there is a better way to live and it starts with the leaders in each home! Believing that all people are created to be conformed to the image of Christ, Central Florida Dream Center’s, first priority is to help men learn how to fulfill their roles to be Godly men, loving husbands and caring fathers of their families and children.
Equally important is Central Florida Dream Center ‘s firm belief that women are also created to express God’s image in their daily lives. The staff and volunteers of Central Florida Dream Center encourages women of all ages to understand and embrace their God-given roles as loving wives, caring mothers, role models for their children and productive members of the community at large.
Central Florida Dream Center’s long term goal is to significantly impact the youth. Within numerous families in our communities, young people are experiencing the same struggles that previous generations faced. We intend to interrupt the cycle by providing mentors to teach young people to love and serve God in a healthy, wholesome environment. Many do not know what that is supposed to look like until we show them. Recognizing that a countless number of our youth are fatherless, we embrace peer-to-peer coaching and mentoring from qualified adults who will love, nurture and even go that additional mile for these fabulous young people!
We believe that by changing one man, we change a family; by changing one family, we change a community; by changing one community, we change many communities; by changing many communities, we change our country and by changing our country, we change the world! After all, that what Jesus Christ commanded us to do. We welcome you to join us on that journey!
These values have been instilled in all the mentors and caregivers of Central Florida Dream Center, by our founder Paul Benjamin.