Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 9:57 pm
April Sound Ladies Association donates to Dream Center By Kimberly Sutton Houston Community Newspapers
Members of the April Sound Ladies Association donated $300 and paper and hygiene products to the East Texas Dream Center in Conroe during Wednesday’s monthly luncheon at April Sound Country Club.
“I get excited about toilet paper and diapers,” East Texas Dream Center Director Shannon Nelson said. “Anything for our girls is a blessing.”
The women donated paper towels, toilet paper, diapers and other hygiene products to benefit the women and children the ETDC ministers to each day.
ASLA President Sandy Preddy said members just want to help the Dream Center in any way possible. The association chooses a charity to give to each month and plans on supporting the Dream Center in the future.
“We believe in what they’re doing and the good they are trying to do for the community,” Preddy said.
ASLA Food Bank Coordinator Diane Ganson introduced Nelson to the women.
“All these donations will go with her today,” Ganson said. “I haven’t seen many people get this excited about toilet paper.”
Nelson told the group what the mission is of the East Texas Dream Center, helping others get back on their feet, right now focusing on women and children.
“God put it on our heart to buy a hospital built in 1938,” Nelson said. “There are no places for women to go right now. We have 16 women and six children, three women are pregnant and one is expecting any day now.”
Nelson told the group she takes in battered, addicted or homeless women, those who have no other place to go, and they teach classes in Bible, cooking, parenting and money management. The Dream Center has had two graduates from the program and both women now serve as residential advisers.
“It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “My husband and I bought the hospital. We don’t have a lot of money.”
Nelson and her husband own a pool business.
The couple is asking 500 individuals to give $25 a month to help with operational expenses.
Recently, the city of Conroe issued the Dream Center an occupancy certificate after the Nelsons finished a long list of repairs and upgrades. Many volunteers have assisted them with electrical and plumbing work, painting, decorating and donations of clothing, food and furniture.
“If you’d like to volunteer, we would love to have you,” Nelson said.
She already has had some volunteers adopt and decorate a room for the girls; and if others want to, the Dream Center will make a plaque for the door and name the room after the group.
“We want to get these generational curses broken off of these women so that their children will not grow up in an environment of drugs, alcohol and abuse,” she said. “Right now, we have three generations in there. We want to help this family break the cycle.”
To donate and learn more about the Dream Center, go to www.easttexasdreamcenter.org.