Great Start Collaborative honors Dream Catchers for Life class
with Family Friendly Business Award for February 2014
For information, contact: Julie Kozan, Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative Director, at 989-399-7452 or email:
SAGINAW - The Saginaw County Great Start Collaborative is honoring the Saginaw County Community Action Agency’s Dream Catchers for Life class with its Family-Friendly Business Spotlight Award for February 2014.
Saginaw County Community Action Agency is a community action agency that provides programming to the low-income and the elderly population of Saginaw County. Dream Catchers for Life provides participants with case management to identify, target and address unmet needs. Staff members provide support services, referrals, advocacy and any follow up necessary to remove the difficulties families face in being able to move forward.
Great Start is the umbrella partnership over nearly all early childhood initiatives in Saginaw County, with member agencies/programs including Birth to Five, all Saginaw County school districts, child care providers and preschools.
Parents who volunteer with the Saginaw County Great Start Parent Coalition helped choose this award designation, to honor its case management support that enables families to work on living without the assistance of governmental programs.
Dream Catchers offers a six-week Job Readiness class to assist in preparing participants for successful job searching and obtaining a job. The class consists of Employment Training, Computer Technology, Money Management and Parenting Skills. A 30-day work experience is provided for those participants that have not had a recent connection to the workforce.
Great Start Collaborative selects six Family-Friendly Saginaw County businesses or agencies a year. Recipients can include businesses or agencies that reach out to families as customers with special activities, promotions or services or those that support employees with children with benefits such as on-site daycare or flexible hours.
“It is so important that we honor local businesses that truly understand the importance and value of giving children a strong start in life, and helping families to do so,” said Great Start Collaborative Director Julie Kozan. “These children are our future workforce!”
Anyone in the community can nominate a business for the award. Find a submission form on the Business section of the Great Start Collaborative Web site and fill out online or print and mail to Julie Kozan at the Saginaw County Intermediate School District, 3860 Fashion Square, P.O. Box 5679, Saginaw MI 48603.