Official Charity Highlights: Featured Charities — The Dream Center

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Featured Charity: The Dream Center
Featured Charity: ARC

Dream CenterAs an official charity of the ASICS LA Marathon, The Dream Center is challenging our supporters to RUN FOR HOPE.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that has an estimated 27 million victims in the world today.  It’s happening in our back yard with the FBI identifying Los Angeles as one of the hotspots for domestic and international trafficking.

When you support the Dream Center’s run for hope team you help restore lives torn apart by human trafficking. All proceeds raised go directly to the program which rescues, rehabilitates and restores adult female survivors.







Team ARC

About James Jenson, First person with Down Syndrome to finish the NYC Marathon:

From the age of 8 Jimmy lived in group homes.  Twelve years ago Jimmy came to be a part of the ARC Adaptive Living Program.  He was withdrawn, overweight, lacked self-confidence, and self care skills. For the first time in his Team ARClife he was living semi-independently. Having caring people to encourage him Jimmy began wearing dentures, choosing his own clothing and learning to cook and clean.  Jimmy loves to dance, play basketball, attend his day program ARC where he volunteers at the local senior center, plays in an English hand bell choir, learns budgeting & shopping skills, goes into the community, and much more.

In 2002 he saw some friends doing a 5k.  Jennifer his now coach suggested they start training so he could join his friends.  From then on began a routine of going to local parks, walking on the Treadmill and dancing to get ready for the 5k.  In 2003 Jimmy was so excited that he was no longer sitting on the sidelines watching, but participating and getting a medal.

Over the years Jimmy grew to enjoy walking and “a little bit of running, but not too much.”  He started doing 10k, and ½ marathons.  2013 he finished his 1st marathon, the ASICS LA Marathon.

What inspired you to participate in this race?

“I wanted to go to the park and do the marathon with Jennifer my coach and Rafael my roommate.  I do it for my friends.”  Jimmy understands that all the great things he is able to do like go camping in Malibu, playing sports, and going into the community all cost money and he wants to help raise money for his program ARC.

ARC Activities, Recreation & Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

ARC is a charitable, non-profit, tax deductible, California corporation, incorporated for the purpose of promoting the welfare, protection, education & advancement of individuals with developmental disabilities. It is designed to assess the ability & potential of each person, then develop and implement a regimen of activities calculated to help achieve his/her full potential for mental, emotional, physical & spiritual development.

Since its founding in 1969, ARC has grown and adapted to the needs of the individuals with Developmental Disabilities it serves. ARC brings awareness and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities with its English Hand bell & Chime Choirs, and Team ARC.  ARC also has a programs and activities for individuals with IDD 18 years and older; those programs include Day Program, Adaptive Living, Saturday Program, Young Adult Club, 2 camping trips and soon ARC will be opening its first residential care facility to meet the needs of ARCers with higher level of needs.

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Sponsor Jimmy to run the LA Marathon at

Contact Info: Jennifer or Rosie (818)762-4365

SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015