Who is Fly Brave?
The Fly Brave Foundation is a non-profit organization (Tax ID: 81-1284098) established in 2016 and operates as a 100% volunteer organization driven by a dedicated Board of Directors, clients, self-advocates, community members and parent volunteers.
Fly Brave currently serves more than 400 families through various programs, services and resources and has a volunteer staff of 50.
Our clients are active in the operation of our program through
office administration and technical support, videography, art design, mentorship and program leadership.
OUR PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY FREE
We were established in response to a need for continued supports for adults with developmental disabilities following the school years.
We incorporated with the State of California on January 21, 2016 and received our official 501c3 tax exemption from the IRS on August 16, 2016.
Fly Brave serves individuals with developmental disabilities through employment training, social and life skills workshops, and fitness programs. We believe in catering to opportunities that meet the talents and career passions of our clients.
We are building a bridge between aging out of school and finding gainful employment with an emphasis on community involvement and social connections.
Employment is a wide spread need across the country with statistics reporting the unemployment rate to be nearly 80% for this population.
The early years of operation were used to create social workshops and events, fitness programs, and test employment training pilot programs.
It is through this process that Fly Brave was able to create a business model that we believe will sustain continuity of the program and meet the needs of our clients in the community.
The first five years of operation were based out of our local community center while saving and fundraising for a home of our own.
On April 1, 2021, we secured our first brick and mortar location.
We took over the thrift store and attached coffee shop at 5901 Broadway in Sacramento, CA.
The building needed a lot of work and that's an understatement.
Over the course of 4-months, a group of parent volunteers with differently abled children joined hands with our community support network and renovated the space into the beautiful shop it is today.
The entire project was possible through volunteer manpower and community funding.
We didn't take out any loans and remain debt free thanks to the following kindhearted businesses and organizations.
Thank you to:
Moose Association, Sacramento Breakfast Optimist Club, Wall and Ceiling Alliance, Bacon and Butter Restaurant, Sacramento Community Grants Foundation, Dihn family and Fong family
We had no budget for the project yet took a leap of faith which has opened up endless possibilities for the clients and families we serve.
We opened our doors on July 31, 2021.
ABOUT OUR FIRST HOME
The thrift store was revitalized into the Fly Brave Emporium - new and used finds.
New includes: space for local artists to sell their works such as soaps, candles, accessories, clothing, art, ect.
Used includes: gently worn clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods, books, movies, vinyl and small pieces of furniture.
We also created a "Boutique Corner" in the back filled with vintage finds.
We started renovating the coffee shop in 2022 and that renovation is 3/4ths complete.
A county assessment requires us to do a bit more renovation before being officially permitted.
This also requires us to fundraise to finish the scope of work needed to open the Fly Brave Cafe.
Stay tuned, this labor of love will open when the time is right.
We believe in the vision and so we press in and press on.
Both businesses serve as hands on skills/employment training programs.
We offer daily courses on office/technology and art/design along with hosting our art, social and life skills workshops afterhours.
Where does your funding come from?
Our program is funded through fundraisers, grants, corporate sponsors, store sales, pop up market sales, and the generosity of organizations and individual donors who share our vision in helping individuals with developmental disabilities reach their full potential and live a purpose filled life.
How can I support your program?
You can share your kindness with us through the Donate button on the homepage; visit and support our thrift store; bring your gently used donations to us on the third Saturday of each month between the hours of 11 am - 2pm; or share your talents by volunteering with us.
We are always in need of people with hearts of loving kindness.