Our Programs

Dreams for Change carries out its work through interrelated programs.

Serving San Diego

The Safe Parking Program

The Safe Parking Program provides supportive services for transitional homeless families, children, and individuals who are living in their cars. These services include referrals, financial education classes, and a secure “home.”

2650 people have been served through the program since 2009 and 65% of our participants find housing or long-term transitional housing within 3 months of coming into contact with us.

Achieving Financial Independence Program

The Achieving Financial Independence Program provides participants with services that focus on financial management strategies that lead to long-term financial stability.

Individuals receive financial counseling, tax preparation, and financial classes. To date, 625 people have participated in the program.

Eat Better Today (EBT)

Eat Better Today provides accessible, nutritious, and affordable meals to homeless people through our FRESH mobile food truck.

In addition the truck provides training opportunities for those seeking to re-enter the workforce or start their own food truck business. Over 25,000 meals have been served by EBT since 2012.

North County Senior Connections

North County Senior Connections provides low-income seniors with dramatically discounted nutritious food from our FRESH mobile food truck.

In addition to providing fresh produce that seniors can take home, North County Senior Connections provides case management services and lunchtime programming that provides seniors with opportunities to socialize with one another.

Launched in November 2014, the program has served 1075 seniors to date. Learn more about this program, operated in collaboration with Interfaith Community Services

Thrive San Diego

Thrive San Diego enables Dreams for Change to offer free tax preparation to low and moderate-income households as a way of ensuring they receive the credits and refunds to which they are entitled. This program is an initiative of the United Way of San Diego and the County of San Diego.

To date this work has assisted 4300 households to secure $5.5 million in refunds. These funds are a critically important source of income for these individuals and families. The program also helps individuals access CalFresh (food stamps).

Workforce Development

Our Workforce Development Program provides participants with training opportunities for those seeking to re-enter the workforce or start their own food truck business.