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A Dream Shared

aka A Dream Shared   |   Bakersfield, CA   |  www.adreamshared.org

Mission

Our mission at A Dream Shared is to provide a real world learning environment for adults with special needs to help them grow, develop, and achieve a positive impact in their lives and community.

Ruling year info

2019

Principal Officer

Charles Heard

Main address

307 19th Street

Bakersfield, CA 93301 USA

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EIN

83-2211954

NTEE code info

Citizen Participation (W24)

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are many individuals within the community that disabilities that prevent them from working at a traditional business. Most businesses are for-profit, which means they are looking to make money as efficiently as possible. At no fault of their own, most businesses cannot afford the "time" to work with individuals that require a lot of training and patience.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Job Skill

To provide opportunities to learn real world job skills in a public environment, but a slower, more relaxed pace.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with physical disabilities

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people working at the SME/Coop/Enterprise on a part-time basis (< 35 hours per week) as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Job Skill

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We opened in October of 2018 and began reaching out to schools and organizations within the county.

Number of clients who self-report increased skills/knowledge after educational program/intervention

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Job Skill

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We interview the adults from time to time to check with them to see if they are learning new social and job skills while working at the store.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A Dream Shared was created to provide a place for individuals with disabilities to come and work at a pace that is more at their ability level. We want to provide a work environment that allows adults with disabilities as much time and encouragement as they need to learn how to work. We hope to help build their knowledge of how to function in a work environment, all while allowing them the pace that they need to understand and retain the training. Once they have built those skills, no matter the length of time, we hope they go out into the community and become productive members of the community.

Here are some of our strategies for reaching our goals:
Provide a low stress, low pressure work place environment.
Provide as many opportunities to be successful as needed.
Provide multiple options for working positions, not just basic janitorial positions.
Be open to different individual views of what a completed job looks like. (clothing sorted by color, not size)
Provide patience and understanding for individuals who need extra time or conditions to complete a task.

Capabilities for meeting our goals:
We have the nonprofit thrift store that accepts donations of used items.
We have volunteers who have a great understanding of people with disabilities
We have a board that believes in the mission of the store and is willing to put in the work to see it become a success.

We have opened the nonprofit thrift store and are a accepting donations
We are educating the community on the employees who work at the store
We have volunteers who are familiar with the needs of people with disabilities
We are reaching out to agencies within the community to find ways that we can pay the individuals with disabilities who work at the store.

Next, we will look into grants and monetary donations to be able to pay employees directly.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People with disabilities

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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A Dream Shared

Board of directors
as of 08/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charles Heard

Local Special Education Teacher

Term: 2019 - 2021

Christina Heard

Costco

Victor Heard

Damian Bowden

Special Explorers

Joe Correa

Special Explorers

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/25/2022

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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