Wednesday June 27, 2012

On Sunday, the Berkshire Dream Center will celebrate its first anniversary, its accomplishments over the past year, and the many volunteers who drive the center's success. A free, public open house will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Berkshire Dream Center, 41 Cherry St., Pittsfield.

The Dream Center provides food, clothing, furniture, connection to assistance programs, the Neighbors Helping Neighbors program, jail visits, hospital visits, church, discussion groups, spiritual counseling, a men's group, a young adults group, and Adopt-A-Block (home visits and street clean up).

"Our team [of volunteers] has experienced so much positive growth, where we have been able to adopt more streets. In one year, we have gone from five volunteers on our opening day to 43 volunteers, and from three streets to eight streets in Pittsfield," said Katelynn Chapman, executive director, describing the growth of both the center and the Adopt-a-Block program in Pittsfield.

Since its inception a year ago, Berkshire Dream Center has also expanded its reach to North Adams. The Berkshire Dream Center, which provides services to select areas of Pittsfield and North Adams, seeks to meet the tangible and spiritual needs of the community it serves.

For more information, visit the center's website at berkshiredreamcenter.blogspot.com or contact Katelynn Chapman at (413) 522-3495 or