Partnering with individuals and their families to move them out of poverty to sustainable independence through education, mentoring, financial assistance, and access to community partnerships.
We continue to build a high value and sustainable organization that is scalable to support the intimate and intense journey of our Dream Achievers and see a world where everyone has a chance for success.
The Dream Come True Foundation is committed to making a difference in the lives of our Dream Achievers and our community. These values guide how we build and foster a world where anyone can dare to dream.
- Equality: We believe in creating opportunities for success for ALL people, particularly those challenged by poverty and with the dream to prosper. We believe Black Lives Matter.
- Dreaming big: We believe in going after dreams and working together to make them come true.
- Building confidence: We believe through courage, grit, hard work, and compassion, our Dream Achievers can build the skills and confidence they need to succeed.
- Independence: We believe in passionately supporting our Dream Achievers’ visions of financial independence and well-being.
- Togetherness: We believe mutual respect, shared goals, and all-in commitments support our intimate partnerships.
Our work is centered on a proven equation for success. With our support, greater than 90% of our Dream Achievers graduate and join the workforce earning a middle-income wage in less than two years. Our model allows us to accomplish this with an average cost of less than $24,500 per Dream Achiever for tuition support, essential living expenses, and other financial assistance. Our equation for success includes:
Education: Moving from poverty to a successful career in a high-demand field requires skills and training. Whether our Dream Achievers are enrolled in college or undergoing training in an apprenticeship program, our Achievers are prepared for the challenges in their chosen field of work.
Mentoring: Mentoring is key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Our mentors act as guides to our Dream Achievers. They help our Dream Achievers gain confidence to solve everyday problems. We often provide both personal and professional mentors so our Dream Achievers have the resources to face life’s big challenges. Learn more about mentoring.
Financial Support: We don’t provide handouts. Our Dream Achievers are required to focus on their education during our program, and we allow Achievers to work a maximum of 20 hours per week. Our financial assistance packages are designed to cover the gap between what is needed to live and what Achievers are able to earn. Through workforce development, we help prepare our Dream Achievers with the necessary skills acquired through targeted education, training, and employment support. These skills and knowledge improve their opportunities for employment and success in the workplace. Learn about ways to support our Dream Achievers.
Community Partnerships: Our partners help us to design education and career tracks that move our Achievers as quickly as possible to successful outcomes. Learn more about these partnerships.
Key Policies and Procedures
Client Rights and Grievance Policy: “The Dream Come True Foundation recognizes that our clients have the right to receive services free from discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. We prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are committed to providing services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate for all clients. If a client feels that they have been treated unfairly or discriminated against, they can file a grievance with our Executive Director/CEO or Board President. We will promptly investigate and respond to all grievances and take appropriate action to address any violations of client rights. Our goal is to resolve grievances to the satisfaction of all parties involved.”
Personnel Policies and Procedures: “The Dream Come True Foundation is committed to providing a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment for all employees, partners, and clients. We are dedicated to supporting vulnerable individuals and families in our community. We are committed to providing high-quality services delivered with respect for our clients. The Dream Come True Foundation does not allow or tolerate nepotism, conflicts of interest, or favoritism in our hiring or promotion processes. We are an equal opportunity employer and prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. We maintain a drug-free workplace and require employees to adhere to our drug and alcohol policy. We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. If an employee, partner, or client has a concern or complaint, they can file a grievance with our Executive Director/CEO or Board President. We will investigate all grievances promptly and take appropriate action to address any violations of our policies. Our goal is to resolve grievances to the satisfaction of all parties involved.”
Subcontracting and Procurement Policy: “The Dream Come True Foundation is committed to fair and transparent subcontracting and procurement practices. We recognize that selecting the right vendors and suppliers is critical to our ability to provide high-quality services to our clients. All subcontracting and procurement decisions are based on the needs of the organization and the best interests of the clients we serve. We have established a rigorous procurement process that ensures fair competition and transparency in vendor selection. We maintain an open and transparent bidding process with fair competition which ensures that all interested parties have the opportunity to bid on contracts. Our policy requires that all vendors and suppliers meet strict criteria for quality, cost-effectiveness, and compliance with relevant regulations and standards. We also have clear guidelines for evaluating and selecting subcontractors and vendors based on their qualifications, experience, and capacity to deliver high-quality services or products. Our policy also requires that all subcontractors and vendors adhere to our ethical standards and code of conduct. We regularly monitor subcontractors and vendors to ensure that they meet our standards. If a vendor, supplier, or partner, has a concern or complaint, they can file a grievance with our Executive Director/CEO or Board President. We will investigate all grievances promptly and take appropriate action to address any violations of our policies. Our goal is to resolve grievances to the satisfaction of all parties involved.”