Dreams for Change family advocates have a common goal; to help clients transition from their vehicles to permanent or long-term transitional housing while providing them with the resources and tools they need for long-term self-sufficiency. We provide the following:
- • An Emergency Needs Assessment: participants receive basic needs that include blankets, bottled water, canned food, toiletries, clothing and other items.
- • Resource Development Screening and Enrollment: participants are screened for their potential eligibility for public benefits and are assisted with completing benefit and shelter applications.
- • Workforce Development: participants seeking employment receive job leads, resume assistance, links to training programs and interview assistance.
- • Financial Education Classes: participants attend educational classes focusing on goal setting, survival budgets with limited income, tax rights, and credit and debt management.
- • Individual Financial Counseling: participants meet with a financial counselor to review individual credit reports and budgets, receive instructions and tools to repair their credit reports, and receive a review of or the completion of their current and past year’s taxes.
- • A Sense of Community: the parking lot serves as a place for children to complete their homework, develop friendships and play, and for individuals to share their stories, develop friendships and provide each other with support.