The Whatcom Dream

Our Services

Financial Literacy Class (10 weeks)

Our Financial Literacy Curriculum Includes:

  • Understanding Socio-Economic Differences
  • Money Memories & Beliefs
  • Cash, Communication & Conflict
  • Your True Core Values & Goals
  • Values Based Budgeting
  • Banking
  • Consumerism
  • Debt
  • Insurance
  • Transportation
  • Home Ownership
  • Investing

Next class start date: October 01, 2018

Class meets Monday 6-730pm (10 week class)

Location: 2303 Moore St

 Bellingham, WA 98225

Call 360-319-3759 to register today!

Tuition is $60.00 per person. Scholarships are available as needed.

  • One-on-One Private Financial Coaching

    $25.00 per hour. Call 360-319-3759 for appointment.

Group classes are not for everyone, therefore, we offer one on one privacy at our home office at 2303 Moore St Bellingham, WA 98225

  • Private Couples Financial Coaching
    $25.00 per hour. Call 360-319-3759 for appointment.

Communicating with your spouse or partner about finances can be difficult in the best of circumstances. We offer private facilitated hourly sessions where couples can talk openly about the fear, frustration, confusion and perspectives on money management. Discover ways to reach common goals and reduce conflict. Give yourself (and your spouse/partner) the gift of learning to manage money as a team. Call #(360) 319-3759 to make an appointment.

  • What is Your Poverty Culture IQ? (Presentation/Workshops)

Our Poverty IQ Workshops are led by our Executive Director, Trudy Shuravloff.  Trudy grew up in generational poverty and shares many insights and perspectives that bring clarity to the decision making and prioritizing that takes place in North American poverty. Often, those who seek to help and understand and help those in poverty are left mystified at why their clients do what they do. The workshop covers research/evidence based best practices for optimum outcomes when working with people raised in poverty culture.  The workshop includes material from Dr. Ruby Payne’s “Framework for Understanding Poverty” curriculum. Trudy is a certified trainer of Dr. Payne’s material. 

Suggested donation of $200.00 for a two hour interactive training for a group. Call us to find out more!


  • Gotcha Covered: Our Community Clothing Store!

Gotcha Covered is a one week event that occurs each August-just in time for school shopping! We sell brand new clothing at 75% off retail prices to low-income parents. The money generated from the store then provides scholarship funds for those who cannot afford the fee for our financial classes-this creates an opportunity for Gotcha Covered families to pay it forward-always a good thing! 

Think back to when you were a kid on the first day of school. Were you nervous? Excited? Were you outfitted with proper fitting clothes? Did you have the necessary school supplies? We truly hope you did. Every kid deserves this. Sadly, this isn’t the reality for some kids. Despite working hard, their parents still come up short when it’s back to school shopping time. The good news is…as a caring community, we can help!

The Whatcom Dream’s Gotcha Covered program helps low-income parents provide new clothing and supplies for their children at prices they can afford (75% off retail)!

We ask community members to become a “Super Sponsor” by donating $100.00 to make this happen for one low-income child in our community. If you would like to learn more about this wonderful program please call The Whatcom Dream at 360-319-3759 .

You can also go directly to our website and hit the “donate now” button-easy peasy! And what a difference you can make for a low-income child as they start off the school year feeling prepared and a little more confident!