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Employee Spotlight: Doris

Meet Doris! She has worn many hats while working at UMOM– she previously worked at Helpings (pre-COVID) and more recently, at the front desk as a shelter assistant. But now, she’s the comforting and calm spirit who helps residents get their supplies at the client services office, located in the center of campus. Doris started working at UMOM about two years ago. When she began as [...]

January Newsletter

A New Year's Message to Our Donors Click on the Photo to Watch the Video Jackson Fonder Chief Executive Officer Stockings, Toys and Gift Cards for UMOM Families! UMOM team members distributed hundreds of toys, gift cards and holiday stockings to families this past season, thanks to the generous contributions from the community and dedicated supporters like you! UMOM collected and handed out [...]

Kemora’s Story

Give Hope, Help and Healing Kemora Kemora is the oldest of five children in her family. She is shy, polite and speaks quietly. It’s clear, however, that Kemora is much more mature than most girls her age. At 15, she is fiercely protective of her three younger brothers and three-year-old sister. Kemora’s mom, Sabrina, fled an abusive partner in the spring, taking the family from Indiana [...]

Sabrina’s Story

Give Hope, Help and Healing Sabrina It wasn’t the first time Sabrina and her five children had tried to flee her abusive partner. But deep down, she knew it was her last chance to leave for good. Sabrina loaded up her kids and as many possessions as they could fit in her van and left Indiana headed to Phoenix. Sabrina’s cousin had encouraged her to come [...]

Madeline and Noah

A Season of Joy and Safety Madeline and Noah Madeline knew she needed to break away from her partner of nine years; he was verbally and sometimes physically abusive to her and she was frightened he would one day come after their six-year-old son, Noah. When she finally felt it was safe to leave, a friend gave her and Noah permission to stay at her home [...]

December Newsletter

Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays As we wrap up the year, I want to tell you how much I appreciate all you do to support UMOM and our mission of helping families and single women out of homelessness. Day in and day out, you step up and donate your time, goods and funds to help people who need a fresh start. Because of you, we are [...]

Leslie’s Journey

A Home for the Holidays Leslie and LaBrandon When her husband of ten years died a few years ago, Leslie and her young son left their home in Kentucky and moved back home to Michigan. But enough time there reminded her of why she left home in the first place: bad influences she didn’t want around her 12-year-old, LaBrandon. Leslie needed a fresh start. When a [...]

Healthy for the Holidays

Monica's Journey This year more than ever, many of us are thankful to be able to spend the holidays together this year safely and in good health. For families who are struggling with homelessness, their priority is finding a place to live. Going to the doctor, even if they don’t feel well, is often not an option. Without the proper care, even simple illnesses can become serious [...]

Help Us Give the Gift of a Home This Holiday Season

While many of us look forward with excitement to the upcoming holiday season, families experiencing homelessness may find it difficult to even think about the holidays when they are worried about where they will sleep at night. At UMOM New Day Centers, we are working hard to ensure families experiencing homelessness have a home for the holidays. Families like Kelly’s, who had no choice but to spend [...]

We Need your Help to House Families Forced Into Homelessness

The eviction moratorium has once again been extended until October preventing tens of thousands of Arizona families from being evicted – for now. However, not all families are protected. UMOM New Day Centers has seen a dramatic rise in the number of people needing assistance. Many are already being kicked out of their homes despite the freeze due to the confusion around the moratorium and the multiple [...]

Meet Mike and Liz

After two days on foot in triple-digit temperatures, Mike and his teenage daughter, Liz, finally arrived where they knew it would be okay to stay for more than a night: UMOM’s family emergency shelter. In tears, exhausted and sunburned from their journey, Mike was overwhelmed with emotion that there was a comfortable and safe space for him and Liz. No longer would they have to keep moving [...]

Thank You for Keeping UMOM Families Cool in Summer!

The new chiller being installed at UMOM's emergency shelter. Last year, you helped us raise funds during our “Keeping it Cool” campaign, when the air conditioning units at UMOM’s emergency family shelter broke and needed to be replaced during our record-breaking summer. Because so many families lost their homes after COVID-19 job layoffs, UMOM’s waiting list grew during the summer of 2020, one of the [...]

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