Day Worker Center of Mountain VIew

Rating: 4.38 stars   8 reviews

Issues:

Location: 748 Mercy Street Mountain VIew CA 94041 USA

Mission: To provide a safe, secure job matching services for day laborers and employers with digniity and compassion. To empower day workers through job training, education, and leadership opportunities.  To support community advocacy consistent with our mission.
Geographic areas served: Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, and surrounding communities, including Milpitas and East Bay

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Rating: 1 stars  

People need to get signed in a list and there some privileges for specific jobs for those who just lick the Maria's boots.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Executive Director Take a nap during a meeting.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Change the whole board.

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The workers at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View are amazing! They work hard, have many skills, and are helpful and respectful. The Day Worker Center is a democratic non-profit organization. The workers participate in making the procedures. For example, after a job, one of our wonderful volunteers call the employer for feedback. Almost all of the time the feedback is great, but in the rare cases where something could be improved, the worker receives constructive suggestions so he or she can do better next time! The center has daily English classes so the workers study while they wait for jobs. Then, when an employer arrives, workers that are in class, (with suitable skills), are given priority to go to work. Please drop by the center to visit. It is a wonderful place!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, both as an employer and as a volunteer. I hope many more people will find out about this great organization!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

21 people found this review helpful

I have used Day Workers from the Center for many years. Without a doubt, this is one of the most mutually helpful situtions I've encountered. I have had a multitude of projects done around my home and gardens by the the Day Workers and have been very pleased with the results.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptionally dedicated. The Day Workers work hard and provide an excellent services

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

I have been a volunteer for the Day Worker Center for over five years. It is very well run and a great place for people to find reliable workers for their tasks at their homes, etc.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping workers to find jobs; educating the community about the organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not run the organization, and I consider this question irrelevant.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with wonderful peole

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wondeerful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I have no idea.

Ways to make it better...

No comments; my experience is great.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financing and planning for a permanent location and finding funds for operations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

The Day Worker Center is a great organization. Come and see and hire a worker!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

Finish those chores that have been put off for so long while supporting individuals and families through the Day Worker Center of Mountain View. Fast, courteous, highly recommended - and needed as never before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Local newspaper articles.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Doing well while doing good.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgable, experienced and courteous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Train immigrants, improve their English skills and advocate for their rights, bringing them in to the mainstream of American society.

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Matthew G. Willis

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

I have hired workers to work at my home from the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, CA for many years.The workers have always been very hard-working, honest people. It is a great resource to have in the community. Several people that I have hired through the organization continued to work for me on a regular basis.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very caring. The director, Maria, has worked tirelessly for this fabulous organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

Great service! If I had known how easy this was, I would have used the service a long time ago for all my home projects. I have complete peace of mind using this service rather than picking up a dayworker near Home Depot. I needed a person to plant shrubs in my front garden, clean window screens, wash windows, and help with a clean out of my yards so I could go to the dump. I called ahead and Maria was very nice and explained the program to me. I arrived Saturday morning and filled out a short 1-page order form. In a few minutes she introduced me to Roberto Jiminez who was about as old as I am but in much better physical condition. He spoke enough English so we could communicate, and Maria said I could call her and put him on the phone if he wasn't understanding my directions. I didn't need to do that. Roberto worked hard without much supervision and made suggestions or asked questions as needed. I treated him to lunch and took him back to the center at the end of the day. Although $10 an hour pay is the minimum, I decided to pay $12 an hour for a living wage. It was well worth it and I got all my projects done in 8 hours. Contrary to the myth I heard, you do not need to hire the worker for a full 8 hours. Finally, I must tell you that Roberto told me how he likes coming to this dayworker center because of how it is organized, and that you can buy $2 meals at the church as you are waiting for work to come in. I must also tell you this last bit. When we first went to the center, Maria was talking to about 20 young people in Spanish. At first I thought these were the dayworkers but noticed they were all young. Later, Maria explained that they were students learning Spanish and they were coming over to work with the dayworkers one-on-one to help the dayworkers improve their English. Talk about strategic planning. This Dayworker Center gets 5 stars from a very satisfied customer!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on clients and workers faces for a job well done at the end of the day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Keep it at this location. It seems to work very well for both clients and the workers. It is near public transportation, in a downtown business district where clients are comfortable, and in a church which has extra services such as meals or a place to sit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

ease of use and quality of work

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, efficient, hard-working.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a difference in low-income and re-entry job workers lives; and re-establish English as the principal language for better communication among everyone.

Ways to make it better...

There was more advertising and possibly a website for first-time clients with a FAQ to debunk myths.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

More clients, more work. This needs to be more heavily advertised, press releases, news stories, to bring in more clients. This is a great service.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thanks to the Church sponsoring the dayworker center.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

This is a great outfit! They serve the community in many ways. I have used them several times and have always gotten friendly, hardworking people to help me with gardening, housecleaning, stone work, and heavy lifting. The center serves the workers by providing many services such as English classes and I have seen health care vans there, too. The center always calls to follow up on the workers after the job is done.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and hardworking.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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