The Dream Center was founded on July 23rd, 2013. Conceived by Robert Kimble, John Reeves of South Carolina and Jay Schiesl, the Dream Center was founded to help strengthen the community in the downtown area of Dubuque, Iowa. Robert Kimble Executive Director of the Dream Center has been a resident of Dubuque Iowa since 1989. Robert Graduated from Emmaus Bible College with a Degree in Biblical Studies in 1999. Following graduation Robert joined AmeriCorps Vista and served as Youth Coordinator in East Dubuque, Illinois from 2000-2002. Robert was hired at the Dubuque Community Y as the Teen Outreach Coordinator from 2001-2004 and has had tiles and responsibilities as Youth, Sports and Family Director at the Dubuque Community Y from 2004-2013. Robert also served the Dubuque Community as girl's high school and varsity basketball coach at Dubuque Senior High School from 2005-2013. Robert is presently the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Emmaus Bible College. Inspired by his faith-based education and passion for youth and families, Robert has a heart for the underserved and at-risk as well as a passion to build on Dr. Martin Luther King's dream to unify and build community. Robert plans to utilize his background in youth and family program development and hands on experience as a service provider to provide successful program models to impact lives at the Dubuque Dream Center. Dream Center programs will include academic initiatives, after school programs and career assessment and planning. Dream Center Initiatives will provide youth and families a forum to come together under a common cause, teach youth valuable life lessons, and motivate youth toward academic achievement. Our vision is to impact youth, strengthen families, and build community. Dream Center programs will focus on values, equal participation, and fun. Dream Center staff and volunteers are driven and trained to provide youth and families a caring and welcoming experience. By providing these high quality programs and making them accessible and affordable for low-income families, the Dream Center envisions impacting lives that will not only lead to a safer community, but a sense of community.