Indiana Dream Team was established in 2004 as a faith-based residential program by Pastor Eric Lashbrook. The name for the ministry came from a book, God’s Dream Team, that has helped to shape Eric’s vision for the ministry – enabling people with a vital relationship with Jesus Christ to nurture troubled young people to wholeness and help restore their broken families.
Eric and his wife Donna Lashbrook have been ministering to youth in Morgan County since 1992. Eric’s desire to help troubled youth found a natural relationship with the Morgan County Court system as Eric and other volunteers from IDt often appear in court to stand with or be available to a troubled youth facing charges. Seeing the desperate situation of many of these youth has helped to inspire the vision of developing a place where residential youth homes could be built and managed.
In the Fall of 2003, this vision began to take shape as a 42 acre tract became available near Gosport, IN and was purchased as the permanent home of IDt. Eric and Donna sold their home and moved to make their home in the house that came with the property.
A flurry of activity has characterized since the purchase of the property. The first residential group home has been built, now housing the Director’s family and residents. Through donations of both services and materials, roads have been formed on the property. The local electric company has donated their services and have run electrical lines/boxes throughout the property. A volunteer modular home has been donated and placed on the property and currently . Thanks to a special donor, the James Lee Rike Educational Center has been built on property to provide office spaces, a work out facility, full kitchen, library, meeting rooms and music studio.
In 2013, director Eric Lashbrook made the decision to buy a 40 acre plot located behind the current 42 acres in order to build more houses and facilities to grow the ministry.
The ministry has seen an equivalent growth in staff and programs. A Christ-Centered Twelve-Step Program entitled, Stepping into Freedom meets once a week, Anger Management, Honor, Integrity & character building class. Tutoring is in place for the young people of IDt’s residential program to be able to acquire their General Education Diploma as most of them have not completed high school.