As you know, UMOM serves thousands of individuals in Arizona experiencing homelessness including, families, single women and at-risk youth. Every day we meet people and hear stories of the unimaginable hardships they are facing. We wanted to share one of those stories with you about Cindy, a single mother who was living out of her car.

My name is Cindy, and this is my story. Last Christmas, my daughter and I found ourselves out of options. I had just lost my job, my daughter (then 5 years old)  was struggling and I was unsure of what to do. We had no family in Arizona to help us with food and shelter. All I had was my car.

 

My car was where my daughter and I spent Christmas day. It didn’t feel like Christmas. We had no Christmas tree, no home of our own to decorate and I couldn’t even give my daughter any Christmas gifts. I cried the whole day.We got dinner at a local soup kitchen and I triedto hold myself together for my daughter,but it was so hard. At that point, I knew something had to change. I had to change. I had to find a way out of this, for myself, and most importantly, for my daughter.

 

 

We’ll continue Cindy’s story tomorrow. Cindy is just one of the thousands of individuals facing homelessness we serve. Will you help Cindy and other UMOM families, single women and at-risk youth change their situation? Consider making an end-of-year gift today.