UMOM New Day Centers began in the hearts of people who knew they could do more for those who had less.

In 1964, members of the Desert Southwest Conference of the United Methodist Church (back then called the Arizona Methodist Church Extension Society) created what would come to be known as United Methodist Outreach Ministries or UMOM.
The early work of this faithful group was ‘urban-centered ministries’ that included relief for transients and backyard playgrounds for impoverished neighborhoods.

The Bruce and Diane Halle Women’s Center, Arizona’s first shelter solely for single women experiencing homelessness, opens in Phoenix.


UMOM takes over and begins operating Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development’s programs and shelters. TCYD is renamed, “Tumbleweed, a Service of UMOM.’

Parson’s Village opens, offering 48 new units of affordable/supportive housing.


UMOM partners with St. Joseph the Worker to provide job opportunities to people experiencing homelessness.


Helpings Café, UMOM’s first social enterprise business, opens. Offers great food, along with barista, culinary and management training.

UMOM celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Family Housing Hub launches. The 11-agency partnership coordinates services for homeless people.


Wellness Center, licensed through Phoenix Children’s Hospital, opens on the main New Day Centers campus.

Midwestern Medical University offers vision and dental screening on the main campus.

UMOM begins providing affordable housing and services to military Veterans and their families.


Legacy Crossing opens with 140 new units of affordable permanent housing.


UMOM New Day Center’s new main campus opens.


YWCA’s Haven House merges with UMOM to increase overall shelter capacity.


The UMOM New Day Center family shelter opens at the site of the old Sands Motel near 32nd Street and Van Buren.


On Christmas Eve, UMOM begins managing an overflow emergency shelter in response to a call from Governor Rose Mofford.


MEPCO becomes United Methodist Outreach Ministries (UMOM) and is incorporated as a nonprofit agency.


The ministry is renamed Metropolitan Phoenix Council (MEPCO) and expanded its programs.


Members of the United Methodist church begins an urban ministry.