LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dream Center, a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming lives and the underserved communities of Los Angeles, is pleased to report a second generous donation of $250,000 from entrepreneur and philanthropist Stephen J. Cloobeck. Cloobeck has now donated a total of a half million dollars to the Dream Center over the past two years. Cloobeck has contributed these funds to help support the Family Floor again at the Dream Center campus in Echo Park. The Family Floor is dedicated to helping families overcome chronic homelessness and poverty and ensure they remain together.
“I am a strong believer in the mission of the Dream Center,” said Mr. Cloobeck, the founder, CEO and former Chairman of Diamond Resorts International. “Los Angeles is fortunate to have an organization that is working to address some of the city’s toughest challenges, including homelessness, poverty, hunger, and foster care intervention among many other important issues. I am proud and humbled to support the Dream Center under the leadership of Pastor Matthew Barnett.”
“On behalf of our entire team, I can’t begin to express our gratitude for Stephen Cloobeck’s critical donation at this time,” said Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett. “Families that will walk through our doors will be tangibly impacted and uplifted by the funds he has given. We are equally inspired by Stephen’s own personal story of redemption and success, knowing that his journey is proof that all who come and seek refuge here can find hope despite enormous obstacles.”
The Los Angeles Dream Center is a faith-based non-profit organization located in Echo Park, dedicated to transforming lives and underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles. By offering residential and outreach programs to individuals, families and communities in the areas of homelessness, hunger, poverty, addiction, domestic violence, education, and human trafficking, the Dream Center is committed to enabling immediate and long-term transformation. The Dream Center welcomes those in need into our community completely free-of-charge with the resources, training, and support they need, regardless of faith, age, gender, orientation, nationality, or any other defining factor.
Stephen J. Cloobeck is the former Chairman of the State of Nevada Athletic Commission. He is a self-made entrepreneur with more than thirty years’ experience across every aspect of hospitality design, development, and deployment. As the founder and former CEO and Chairman of Diamond Resorts International – a business that grew to become the second-largest vacation-ownership company worldwide with more than four hundred properties across thirty-three countries in its portfolio – Cloobeck made a name for himself as an advocate for radical customer service, what he calls embracing the “Meaning of Yes.” Diamond was sold to Apollo Global Management in 2016, then sold by Apollo in 2021 to Hilton Grand Vacations.