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Change of leadership announced at Central Kansas Dream Center
Eighth anniversary open house planned for Sunday
Kimberly Becker, chief executive officer at the Central Kansas Dream Center, is shown in this file photo announcing the organization’s sixth anniversary in 2019, which featured a recently installed elevator. The Dream Center will celebrate its eighth anniversary this Sunday, Aug. 15, with an open house from 2-4 p.m. - photo by Great Bend Tribune file photo

The Central Kansas Dream Center, located at 2100 Broadway Ave., will celebrate its eighth anniversary this Sunday, Aug. 15, with an open house from 2-4 p.m. There will be tours and refreshments. 

Central Kansas Dream Center founder Kimberly Becker announced she recently moved into a new leadership role as the chief executive officer of the nonprofit organization. Taking her place as the director of the Dream Center is Robby Hernandez. Teresa Dutton has moved from being a domestic overseer and volunteer coordinator to the assistant director’s position.

Hernandez joined the Dream Center organization four and a half years ago, helping with chapel, and then became an instructor with the men’s program. From there he moved to the program manager position before stepping into the director’s role on July 1.

Dutton has been a part of the Dream Center for almost seven years and helped faithfully in all aspects of the ministry, Becker said.

“They’ve been a part of the Dream Center for quite a while and are equipped to carry out the vision and the mission for the next season and expansion,” Becker said.

Several other position changes were announced.

Missy Hensley and Angela Chill are both graduates of the Dream Center’s Women’s Discipleship program and have come back to be a part of the Thrive DC Youth Leadership. Jason Streit, a previous graduate of the Dream Center’s Men’s Discipleship program, is now the men’s classroom teacher and helps with the men’s work skills.

Plans for the future

“Our goal for the remainder of 2021 is to bring on a Men’s Residential Manager, an Outreach Manager and enough female staff to not only fill some gaps we have in our adolescent girls’ program but ... to find the right team to start our women’s discipleship program back up this fall,” Becker wrote in a recent letter to supporters. “We are asking you to join us in prayer to not only find ministry-minded people to take our ministry to the next level, but that God would open the doors we need to share all that God is doing. Please feel free to pass on our information to any individuals that you know who want to be a part of a domestic mission field touching the lives of individuals from across the country.”

Becker said there are three capital outlay goals for expanding the ministry next year.

She hopes the auditorium and balcony can be redone so they can be used for healing and theatrical arts. The area could also become a venue for community use.

Next, the Dream Center recently acquired a used RV that she hopes can be refitted for use as a mobile unit for food, hygiene and minor medical service.

Finally, Becker said she’d like to start a fundraiser so the Dream Center can provide some sort of weatherproof, outdoor lockers that transient people can use for safely storing their belongings.