Our community needs your compassion

Our Community Relies on Your Compassion

Exacerbated by recent events, homeless families require substantial community support.

As we continue to learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our community, intentional action is of the utmost importance. While many may be prioritizing their own preparedness, precautionary measures, health, and safety, we must remember those who are in dire need of our support during this time.

Our UMOM family includes you; our donors, our volunteers, our supporters, and most significantly, our clients. Right now, UMOM is serving approximately 800 family members and individuals in our programs. With school closures, there are more than 300 children on campus who would normally be in school during this time.

Right now, there are many members of the greater community who are still experiencing homelessness. Each day, UMOM’s family shelter houses more than 800 individuals- approximately 135 families, 130 single women at Halle Women’s Center, and 60 youth at our youth shelter sites. These families, single women, and youth are facing the same fears that we may be feeling at this time, but do not have the comfort or ability to prepare and purchase goods in the same manner. We need your help to continue providing protection and provisions as the waitlist for emergency shelter is growing daily and the number of volunteers and resources continues to decrease.

Social distancing is a priority in preventing the spread of the virus. As schools close and volunteer engagement subsides, we are relying on alternative support to ensure that clients have access to necessities.

Due to bulk and panic buying, we are struggling to secure the same items that are being sought by our greater community at this time. Currently, our families need: diapers (size 5-6), laundry detergent, bath towels, linens (size twin and full), cleaning supplies (bleach, all-purpose cleaner, dish soap, etc.), as well as board games, video games, and books for children on campus. If you have any of these items, or additional items from our ongoing needs list we urge you to consider driving by and dropping off your donations at our main campus.

If you’re eager to support community members in need, but would like to do so from a distance, we encourage you to visit our Amazon wish list or donate online.

UMOM is genuinely grateful for the support of this community and wants you to know that we need you now more than ever. Despite the evolving situation regarding COVID-19, our focus remains on being responsive and committed to the needs of the most vulnerable in our community – families, single women, and youth experiencing homelessness.

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