UMOM’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is Arizona’s largest provider of services for families experiencing homelessness. We serve over 8,500 individuals across all our services annually, including those families receiving support at the Family Housing Hub, Maricopa County’s family coordinated entry system.
UMOM has 55 years of experience serving the homeless population in the Phoenix Metropolitan area including 28 years of experience operating a full-service Emergency Shelter. UMOM effectively leverages its 12 programs spanning coordinated entry, shelter, housing, and supportive services to holistically serve the most vulnerable individuals and families in a coordinated and efficient manner.
As part of A Community Thrives, UMOM New Day Centers is working to raise $10,000 for our Workforce Development program, specifically, our in-house Homegrown Training initiative.
Workforce Development Opportunities:
One of the biggest barriers for homeless families is the lack of employment. At UMOM we believe that Housing + Employment = End to Homelessness. The skill levels of our residents range from no job training or education to needing help with a path to continue a career. UMOM Workforce Development programs focus on working with homeless parents to prepare them for the workforce through education, job-specific training, pre-employment training such as resume writing, interview skills, and proper attire and demeanor and job fairs. It is also important that they have access to the tools or work supplies they need to start work and retain their job.
At UMOM New Day Centers, we use social enterprise to change lives. Helpings Café and Catering provides delicious, hand-crafted menu items, job training and hope. In January of 2017, UMOM launched a food training program that delivers 6 weeks of hands-on kitchen and barista training in UMOM’s own Café and Residential Dining facilities under the guidance of chef instructors, expert staff members, and Homegrown program graduates. We do it by helping clients build their skills and establish a foundation for jobs in the food service and hospitality industries.
If we are able to reach our goal of raising $10,000 through A Community Thrives, the funding could be used to support the trainees of the program:
- Send 5 students through the 6 week training program (cost of $2,000/student). It is our goal to have 10 students per 6 week trainings.
- 34 students will receive a Professional knife kit, Chef’s coat and food handler’s card when they graduate. It is our desire to have our graduates set up for success in interviewing and launching their new career in foodservice and hospitality immediately following the completion of training. (cost of $300/student)
- Provide 10 full classes (6 week timeframe) with the supplies, including food, to complete the training. (cost of $1,000/class)