The treadmills are still there. So are the weights, the stationary bikes and the walking track.
However, the fitness center in Elizabethtown, which is now Dream Works and operated by Community Foundation Church, will be more than a place to get physically fit, says Pastor Jason Williams.
“It’s wellness with a vision for more,” said Williams, who has been at Community Foundation Church since its inception almost four years ago.
“It has opened as a mission for Foundation Church to provide more community initiatives, services and projects to try to continue to influence and impact our county in a positive way.”
The church took over operation of the facility January 1 after purchasing the lease from Health Works owners Ashley and Tracy Trivette of White Lake.
Plans call for launching Dream Works Academy within the next couple of month to provide educational assistance such as tutoring students and adults, assist with college preparatory classes, SAT preparation classes, CPR training and GED classes. Williams said the center is establishing a partnership with Bladen Community College to offer certificate-based programs and college readiness programs.
“Our vision is to change lives through raising awareness through wellness, but other programs for our community inside the fitness center,” Williams said.
Dream Works also plans to partner with area businesses to work with people on career development.
“We want to impact our rural community that is struggling,” Williams said. “Many times people are having to leave our area to find jobs and businesses are struggling to find sustainable employees, so we want to try to assist with that.
“Ultimately, we know when lives are changed our world is changed.”
Dream Works is offering lower prices for fitness memberships and the 24-hour section remains available. There’s a coffee bar, protein shakes and other food and beverage items for sale along with a collection of fitness wear. There have been renovations and modifications to the facility as well. The building is located at 1001 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. For information, go to dreamworksbladen.com. The phone number is 910-991-3029.
“It remains a fitness center,” Williams said. “We want to enhance it even further.”
It also will be a place where people can work to make their dreams come true, Williams said.
“Our tagline is ‘a better future starts now'” he said. “Dreams are not caught, they are pursued. If you want to go after your dream, it’s possible. We want Bladen County to know that we believe in them. We’re just trying to inspire people to dream for a better future and we know that starts now.
“Putting in the effort, putting in the work, putting in the prayer, putting in the commitment and discipline over time, you can accomplish your dreams. That’s what we’re trying to say to people.” Williams said.
Dream Works has three employees, offers personal training services and fitness classes. It will rely on volunteers to help with Dream Works Academy programs.
Also located inside Dream Works is Pure Harmony Massage & Bodyworks. The owner Joelle Guyton Butler, offers Deep tissue and Swedish massages along with other massage packages and gift certificates. Make an appointment today by calling 910-876-2154 or send a message on Facebook.Share: