General operating expenses is our primary area of need since government reimbursement does not cover the actual full costs to provide services. Many grants also do not cover the actual expenses to operate programs and services as these costs are referred to as administration. Unrestricted donations are highly sought after from generous donors to help offset costs for the organization.
Client wages, for paid-work-experience component, are 100% funded by private sources. The majority of our fundraising efforts through grant applications focus on supporting this component of our services.
We have found that prospective employers prefer job candidates who have proven skills and solid work experience. In order for employers to consider our clients, we cover clients' salaries and workers compensation insurance for a limited number of hours. During this assessment or paid work experience period, we provide job coaching to ensure work safety, compliance, quality of work, and monitor progress. Employers have the opportunity to experience the clients' capabilities and contributions during this brief time with the possibility of hiring them as long-term employees after this experience.
Dreamcatchers is in need of in-kind office space to meet with clients in Yolo County, Woodland, or Davis and also Central Contra Costa County. We welcome space that can be used on an occasional basis (such as a shared cubicle) or a more permanent confidential location.
Building relationships with community businesses is essential to our work in order to provide a hands-on training location for our clients. We are always in need of additional business settings, in particular clerical, where our clients can be assessed on their works skills. During this training period, we provide job coaching to ensure work safety, compliance, quality of work, and monitor progress.