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Dubuque Radius Church and the Dubuque Dream Center were formally established on July 23, 2013, and officially opened its doors for services and programs on September 22. Conceived by Robert Kimble, John Reeves of South Carolina, Jay Schiesl of Dubuque, Iowa, and a partnership with Galena Bible Church, Radius Church and the Dubuque Dream Center was founded to help strengthen the community in the downtown area of Dubuque, Iowa.
Robert Kimble, Pastor of Radius Church and CEO of the Dubuque 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.
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 is utilizing his background in faith education and biblical exposition as well as his background in youth and family program development to establish a Bible Teaching Church in downtown Dubuque (Radius Church) and a Community Center that provides successful program models to impact lives (Dubuque Dream Center).
The Dubuque Dream Center is an Outreach Community Center committed to mobilizing youth and families to build on Dr. King's Dream of transforming communities by embracing, empowering, and unifying those who live there. We strive to inspire vision and purpose through Impacting Youth, Strengthening Families, and Building Community. The Dream Center long-term vision includes holistic initiatives to benefit the entire community. However, for our first year the Dubuque Dream Center initiated our vision to Impact Youth. Our essential youth impact structure continues to include:
The Dream Center is not a drop-in facility. The Center provides structured programs and activities where youth and teens build relationships with caring adults, have a safe place to belong, and participate in value driven programs and activities.
All programs and activities offered at the Dream Center have volunteer or staff leaders that have committed to our In Your Life Mentoring philosophy. In Your Life Mentoring is our strategy to impact lives through genuine relationships with youth and their families. Relationships are built through the activities and programs offered. On the foundation of genuine relationships, our goal is to instill character through the gospel of Jesus Christ, provide academic support, and wise provision for overall health and well-being. By providing these high-quality support systems 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 as well.