Helpings Cafe Now Open!

Helpings Cafe, Market at Catering by UMOM is now open.

Stop by at 3333 East Van Buren, Monday – Friday between 7am and 3pm.

Operated by UMOM New Day Centers, Helpings Café, Market and Catering is a social enterprise that provides fresh, tasty food while offering job training to individuals in crisis. Proceeds support UMOM’s mission to prevent and end homelessness.

Helpings Café, Market and Catering serves made-from-scratch muffins, gourmet salads and sandwiches and Starbucks coffee drinks, smoothies and refreshers.

The Helpings Barista Training program launched this spring and the trainees are creating specialty drinks from the Starbucks menu. This training, along with the customer service and food preparation training, provides vital job skills and confidence to the community’s most vulnerable population.

The Helpings Market offers fresh, healthy food choices in what is considered a food desert. Along with staples like rice and cereal, Helpings Market will provide fresh produce, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads. The market will accept WIC vouchers and SNAP benefits.

Proceeds from Helpings Café, Market and Catering are directly re-invested into UMOM programs to end homelessness.

It has been a community effort to launch this project, with support from many individuals and organizations. Thank you the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, for a grant that made this enterprise possible. “Chase is gratified to see UMOM translate our philanthropic support into action through the wonderful Helpings Café and market,” said Gus Charara, Executive Director for J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank  and Board member of UMOM.   “The Café not only will provide healthy food opportunities but also trains and prepare people for jobs, helping to break the cycle of homelessness.”


Housing First For Families

UMOM is proud to be a part of the 100,000 Homes Campaign! Together with other partner agencies we are implementing a plan to house chronically homeless individuals and families.  UMOM has committed 25 units to house the most vulnerable families and so far this month three families have signed leases to move into permanent housing.

With all of our housing interventions, UMOM has identified a gap for families needing more than two years of transitional housing due to permanent disabling conditions other than a diagnosis of a Serious Mental Illness.  Currently, there are no permanent supportive housing options for such families.  Frequently, these families experience multiple episodes of homelessness.  UMOM New Day Centers is opening 25 units of permanent supportive housing for disabled homeless families with dependent children.

The program will provide 20 two-bedrooms and 5 three-bedrooms units to serve 25 families exiting homelessness.

UMOM’s goal is to provide an environment where the families can be the most successful. The units are located around the valley so that the participants can identify a home near his/her natural supports.  We want them to have access to transportation, family, employment, medical care, and quality schools that they are comfortable with.

UMOM hired two Family Support Specialists to provide intensive support services to ensure the basic needs of all family members are met and that the families do not return to homelessness.  Families qualifying for this program will have ongoing service needs, and we believe our Family Support Specialists will be key to keeping them stably housed.

Support services will include regular and frequent contact with the Family Support Specialists to help families facilitate school enrollment and attendance, child care options, referrals to counseling and treatment, recovery activities and support groups, food security, health insurance, job skills training, employment search, parenting classes and support groups, and meaningful connections within the community.

We could not do this on our own. UMOM recognizes the importance of leveraging resources and working with other agencies in the community. UMOM is partnering with HOM, Inc. for the Housing First for Families program.  HOM, Inc. has a network of over 400 landlords throughout Maricopa County that participate in permanent supportive housing programs, providing numerous quality housing opportunities for families.

This program will help mothers like Sierra, a  22 year old single parent, who left home at the age of 16.  She has 5 children under age 8, one who is severely disabled. With many evictions, the family didn’t have a stable home for two years prior to coming to UMOM. Sierra has been a victim of domestic violence, and also suffers from depression. Now in recovery, she has been battling substance abuse for years.

Earning an income is difficult for Sierra. She has no GED and she is unable to work due to her child’s disability. Housing support through the Housing First for Families program will provide Sierra with a safe, permanent housing solution, where she has the support to help her family. This new program will be life-changing for Arizona’s most vulnerable families.

In addition to providing housing support, UMOM is collecting furnishings and household items so families have the necessities they need to be successful. If you are interested in donating items, gift cards or would like to make a monetary contribution to this project, please call 602-275-7852 or visit

Turn those speakers up and listen to CBS feature UMOM and the McDowell Mountain Music Festival!

Turn up those speakers and listen as Vicky Carmona from CBS interviews UMOM’s Chief Develpment officer Karen Fletcher. They discuss what UMOM is all about, our programs and services, how you can get involved, how you can volunteer and much more! The interview also highlighted the upcoming McDowell Mountain Music Festival (MMMF), taking place March 22, March 23 and March 24.

To hear the entire interview, click here.

UMOM is excited to be a beneficiary of MMMF 2013. For tickets please click here. For more information on the event and to download and informational flyer, click here.

UMOM Featured in Arizona Commercial Real Estate Publication!

Arizona Commercial Real Estate highlighted UMOM and the McCarthy Heart Hats Team, who completed an in-kind playground project for UMOM New Day Centers Fillmore property. McCarthy removed old sand from the play area (which was attracting unwanted cats), installed a new playground surface, painted the basketball court and ramada, installed a watering system and planted new vegetation. To read the full article, click here.

Publication Update!

We have updated the publication section of our website! Head on over to check out our Community Impact Report. It contains updated facts and figures on our shelter programs, affordable housing, supportive services, demographics and a full financial summary.

UMOM a Finalist for the 2013 IMPACT Award!

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce just announced that UMOM is a finalist for this year’s Impact Awards! The Impact Awards honors the accomplishments of businesses and the impact they’ve made on the Greater Phoenix business community.  The final awards ceremony will be held this May. We are very honored to have been recognized in this way and to be standing alongside the other agencies in our award category who also do amazing work in the community alongside us.

Care Card Program Raises $285,000 for UMOM



Sales up over 19% in a Record Breaking Campaign

The Board of Visitors is proud to announce the results of their 13th Annual Care Card Program.  A record breaking $285,000 was raised in October and will be presented in the form of a check to this year’s Care Card recipient, UMOM New Day Centers on January 22nd, 8:45am at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix.

About The Board of Visitors

Established in 1908, The Board of Visitors is the oldest charitable organization in Arizona.  The Board of Visitors has donated over $15 million to serve the health care needs of women, children and the elderly in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. In 2012 alone, The Board of Visitors donated more than $1 million to non-profit organizations in the Valley.

For more information visit

About The Board of Visitors Care Card Program

Each year The Board of Visitors signs up retailers in the Valley to participate in the Care Card Program by offering their clients 20% off their purchases for a set ten day period.

This year the program had over 600 participating retailers.   Cards are purchased for $50.00 with the proceeds going directly to UMOM.   The Board of Visitors provides promotional materials and Care Cards (for selling) to their participants.  The Care Card campaign was supported by social media, TV & radio interviews/PSA’s and donated billboards, newspaper advertisements, mall kiosk posters and movie theater slides.   With strong retailer and community support The Board of Visitors Care Card Program experienced a 19% increase in card sales resulting in a record breaking $285,000 raised.  For more information about the Care Card please visit

About UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM’s mission is to provide homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services to assist them in reaching their greatest potential.  Every night, UMOM provides shelter for 156 families through emergency and transitional shelter programs.  Each year, UMOM helps over 6,000 homeless children and adults.  UMOM assists over 300 additional families in obtaining permanent, affordable housing through UMOM’s five housing communities located across the Valley.  Learn more at:

For more information contact:

UMOM New Day Centers (602) 275-7852

The Board of Visitors (602) 235-9554


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