GFJ Dream Center

Through the Dream Center Kids can leave the "persona" behind and just be kids. They have an alternative to the street, with free team sports, and gain skills for future life success.

Winter Basketball

Basketball programs are proven as successful for school drop-out prevention.

Players ages 9 to 14 years can learn the FUNdamentals of basketball in a basketball youth group.

For latest information on joining the team Contact (607) 797-3938 or Sign up on-line now.

Our Annual “Bike Day!”

Bike Give-A-Way and Bike Safety Training
Offered on the 2nd Saturday in May EVERY YEAR

Bike Day is the Dream Center’s biggest event of the year and brings joy to children while also supporting adults in need of transportation. 2019 will mark the 12th annual Bike Day and for the third straight year, we expect to give away over 300 bicycles, first to children and youths, then to adults with no other means to get around.

We ask that everyone desiring a bike register in advance (click on link below or fill out an application at the church). Applicants will receive a confirmation postcard with their appointment time to be fitted for helmet and bike. Youth are asked to take a safety course and agree to wear a helmet while riding. Helmets are limited so if you have a helmet, bring it.

Bikes are collected year round and can be dropped off at Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 308 Main Street, Johnson City, NY, Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm or at other times by calling ahead for an appointment. Our friends and partners from the Southern Tier Bicycle Club work with volunteers to work and learn bike repair.

Contact for Bike Day is Shannon Dodge at 797-3938 ext. 117
Please click the button below to fill out the document to enter to receive a bike

Bike Sign-Up Here!

Be a Volunteer and Sign Up Here!

The bike give away underscores the spirit of community empowerment with the collaboration of:

  • Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church
  • The George F. Johnson Dream Center for Community Empowerment
  • The Southern Tier Bicycle Club
  • The Village of Johnson City
  • The Johnson City School District
  • The Broome County Traffic Safety Department
  • The Johnson City Police and Fire Departments

Summer Basketball

Our Summer Basketball program consists of a series of clinics for younger players ages 6-9. These clinics help participants to learn the FUNdamentals of basketball in a group setting. For latest information on joining the team.

  • Register at Sarah Jane Church on June 25, 27 & 28 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Or register now on-line
  • Program Begins July 15- August 28 – Monday and Wednesday – 6:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Proof of age and parental consent must be provided at registration. 

Contact (607) 797-3938 ext. 117 

Ramp It Up

Each year, The GFJ Dream Center puts together a team (or two) to build a residential accessibility ramp for a Broome County resident who cannot get in or out of their home safely. Team members must be 14 years of age or older. This is a one or two day project which participants find very rewarding; often tearing up as the resident we help takes the first trip down their new ramp.

Contact Shannon in the Dream Center office at (607) 797-3938 ext. 117 for more information.



 Volunteers and Participants