Fix the man. Fix the family. Fix the community.
That is the three-sentence motto of the Troy Dream Center, a 24-hour, nonprofit, faith-based residential program located inside Journey Church on South Lincoln Drive in Troy.
The program designed to support men who are overcoming life-controlling issues, and recovering from drug and alcohol addictions, depression and abuse. The program is structured to eliminate distractions so that participants can focus on building a healthy foundation to rebuild their lives. Food, housing, education and counseling are provided free of charge.
Since starting in 2018, the Troy Dream Center has graduated 63% of its residents, which is double the national average of men who enter rehabilitation clinics.
“When you treat the addiction, (an addict) will relapse,” said Emil Moore, who is charge of partnership development for the Dream Center. “When you treat the person, they have a better chance of recovery.”
The mission of the Troy Dream Center is “to connect broken people to a community of support by offering free resources and services that address immediate and long-term needs in the area of addiction, depression and abuse.”
The Troy Dream Center is the only male residential home of its kind in Lincoln County. Moore said a need had to be addressed to counter the number of drug-induced deaths in the county.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Lincoln County suffers 22.9 drug-induced deaths per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the state average of 19.23 per 100,000.
Nearly two Lincoln County male residents per 1,000 end up the emergency room for drug-related mental disorders, which is right at the state average. Most are between the ages of 25 and 44.
“The further away you get from the metropolitan area, the fewer resources you have – and you have a spike in deaths,” Moore said. “There are places for women to get help. There are places for teens to get help. There are even places for animals to get help, but there were no places for men to get help.
“That’s what the Dream Center is here for.”
The program is a 16-week, in-house program with two phases. The first is a 12-week discipleship phase which includes classwork, counseling and work therapy, followed by a four-week discovery phase, which teaches basic life skills, followed by a transitional period and job placement.
A six-month sponsorship program then follows those phases.
“It’s very structured, so we get the guys into a routine,” Moore said. “Instead of the guys stuck in mud, we’re giving them a foundation to stand on.”
The Troy Dream Center is based on the Dream Center in Los Angeles, which was founded in 1994 by Tommy Barnett and his son Matthew, as a home missions project of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God. Tommy Barnett’s son, Luke, now runs the original Dream Center, and Moore said Journey Church is proud to follow its lead.
“We are part of the network, but we have the ability to tweak it to our area,” he said.
Currently, the Troy Dream Center has four beds, but it wants to expand to 10 by the first quarter of next year, and it is looking for community involvement to make that happen. This includes not only financial contributions, but services and staff members such as cooks and 24-hour staff, as well as graduates who are willing to return as teachers to mentor those who looking to recover from their issues.
“We want to grow as much as possible,” Moore said. “We want to bring in 30 people and graduate them.
“That’s 30 families we’ve helped – and that’s beneficial to the community in Lincoln County.”