September 2009UMOM New Day Centers
Our September project was in support of the UMOM New Day Centers
. UMOM is the largest homeless shelter for families in the state, housing approximately 400 men, women and children each night, with over 2/3rds of these being children ages 0-15
. Since 1964, UMOM has provided homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. The UMOM campus offers a wellness center, chapel, Kids Den for after-school activities, a Clothes Closet retail establishment for residents and the public, and a community dining facility providing 3 nutritious meals daily plus culinary skills education.
The need for services provided by UMOM is at an all-time high. A new subset of homeless families has formed due to job loss and foreclosures. As a result, the UMOM waiting list has grown to as much as 120 families. Now more than ever UMOM needs help to meet the basic needs of our community's less fortunate children and families.
On September 26th our kids had an opportunity to tour the UMOM campus and learn about the services provided and the new UMOM facility opening across the street in October. Then we spent some time sorting and organizing items in the UMOM thrift store. We finished by hosting a Ice Cream Sundae Bar for UMOM families.
The kids also collected and donated several bags of hygeine and baby items and clothings. This was a great way for the kids to learn about the homeless in our community and help an organization that provides much-needed services to the homeless population.