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For those in need

Dream Center to serve the less fortunate

Sentinel photo by JOSH YODER
Chad Curry stands in front of the newly-established Mifflin County Dream Center, a community service driven effort organized by New Life Church in Burnham.

BURNHAM — Chad Curry returns home to his roots to help others struggling with addiction open their minds and hearts to Jesus Christ with a project that is currently in progress.

The Mifflin County Dream Center — located in the former Burnham Hardware store, which is undergoing a major renovation to house the initiative — will serve as a Christ-centered community service organization.

Curry is originally from Mifflin County and graduated from Lewistown Area High School in 2007 and afterward joined the US Army. For the next 14 years, Curry fought for his country as a Paratrooper. But it was also during his time in the Army where he had found himself with another kind of battle — alcoholism.

But then in September of 2020, Curry turned his life around with the help of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and soon began his quest into helping others open their hearts to the Lord.

“The biggest inspiration for myself was me getting exposed to a 12-step program and recovery and really diving into that and having some life change come out of that,” Curry said. “I grew a network, got connected to a community, those outreaches really helped me to develop a sense of belonging. Which then just solidified my recovery and in turn gave me a desire to pass that along to whoever I could and whoever I came in contact with.”

It started in North Carolina where Curry was stationed during his time in the military where he himself was saved by a Dream Center. The Dream Center foundation is based out of Los Angeles and has several centers throughout the country trying to help others with addiction and many other issues.

At first, Curry was thinking he would be helping others back in North Carolina, but according to him, God had other plans as Curry connected with members of the New Life Church and discovered the old Burnham Hardware store across from the church. And together, they formed a partnership as Curry realizes that this was where he was meant to be.

“Long story short, God was in it from the beginning. God put it on my heart that this is the direction he wanted my life to go as I left the military,” Curry said. “God put on the heart of many people in the New Life Church and now we’re going to team up together and see if we can influence positive change in the community.”

With the project underway, Curry has been working to make his calling into a reality. His goal is to have this Dream Center be a place — not only of healing, but for helping others find their passion and in turn use their passions to help rebuild the community into a strong faith as well as love and compassion toward one another.

“The Dream Center essentially should be a place where everybody wants to come and help feel a part of and be a part of and be of service to other people,” Curry said. “We know anything that is involved with the church is to spread the love of Jesus wherever we go and we hope that this will be a place where people want to come and visit. Where they made leave with something that benefits them but it really should be a place where people come and pour their hearts out into. To make the entirety of Mifflin County into a better place.”

Curry hopes to start off the new year with a bang, with the completion and opening of the Dream Center slated for 2023. For the people of Mifflin County, all Curry asks is to give it a chance and for everyone to come together to not only strengthen the community, but strengthen our faith together with the Lord Jesus Christ.

“The message to the people of Mifflin County would be to come check us out, come with an open mind and open heart,” Curry said. “Knowing that the only real intent here is we don’t want anything from you. We are not asking for much except for that open mindedness and open heart and just make the community a better place. There are a lot of people who are in need of love in this world and I think it just starts right her on our front door step.”

For information about the Dream Center or to contribute, visit their website Dream Center MC or their Facebook page.

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