A New Day For Homeless Single Women


UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s largest provider of shelter and services to homeless people, dedicated its new Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation Women’s Center today. When the Center opens to clients in July, it will be the first shelter in Maricopa County designed expressly for single women experiencing homelessness.

For the past 20 years, homeless women have been cared for at the Watkins Emergency Shelter, sleeping on cots in a cavernous open room. Every morning, up to 130 women must compete to use only 30 showers, then are required to stay away from the shelter between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. They receive just one meal each day and live with a near-constant threat of violence.
“Fifteen years ago, when I first started as CEO at UMOM and visited Watkins for the first time, I knew someday we could do better,” said UMOM CEO Darlene Newsom. “I seldom left Watkins not in tears.”

The new Halle Women’s Center is located on the site of a former motel, a property purchased by UMOM and refurbished to create a safe, secure, temporary home for women rebuilding their lives. Because the women can stay on-campus during the day, it will be much easier to connect them to the services they need to move from homelessness to permanent housing.
“We took a good step with the opening of Watkins. Good services were provided there,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Now, we’ve gone from good to great. This is a huge improvement and a step in the right direction.”

Rather than sharing space with more than 100 other women, the Halle Center will house two to three women in a room equipped with a private bath. Each room has an emergency pull cord to summon assistance quickly. The Center will be staffed 24/7, with systems and protocols in place to further ensure the safety of every client.
Each woman will receive three meals a day, prepared in the onsite commercial kitchen, and will have access to laundry facilities as well as a locked space to store personal belongings.

“Like so many of UMOM’s programs and services, the Halle Women’s Center is an innovative approach to ending homelessness,” said Arizona Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema in a statement. “For too long, single homeless women in Maricopa County had limited options for emergency shelter…That changes today.”
Approximately 130 women will live for up to 120 days in the Center, with two beds always reserved for those transported to the facility by first responders.

“We talk a lot about homeless men and homeless families, but how often do we talk about homeless women?” said CEO Newsom, adding, “So you can see why this is a happy day for our community: finally, in 2017, we have a full-service shelter for single women.”

“The women here remind us that life is more than endurance, but the endless possibility to prevail,” said Andrew Bridge, director of the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation.

For more information please contact Alex Scoville at 602-710-2132 or ascoville@umom.org.

Watch UMOM on 12 News! Read the online story here.


Hands of Promise Hosts $5,000 Matching Campaign for Giving Tuesday!

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Come together with UMOM for Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29! We need your help to give homeless families a second chance and make this the best global day of giving yet.

It’s easier than ever because this Giving Tuesday, your gift counts twice! Hands of Promise has made a promise to match donations to UMOM dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000. We’re so thankful for their generosity. Let your giving go twice as far this year! We’ll also go live on Facebook with our CEO, Darlene Newsom and CPO, Mattie Lord in the morning for about an hour to discuss our life changing programs and services. Tune in to learn about your impact on UMOM!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of charity and philanthropy that started in 2012. It was created to follow and counteract the consumerism and commercialization found in Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The movement raised more than a $100 million for nonprofits worldwide in 2015, and gets bigger every year.

Make a difference in the life a homeless family and donate to UMOM this Giving Tuesday!


Shop Sportiqe During National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week!

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National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 12 – 20. The week is designed to raise awareness of and take action against our ongoing homeless crisis. This is a time for us all to start thinking about what we are thankful for, share compassion with our neighbors and work toward a world where no one has to experience hunger and homelessness. There’s no better time to support the cause and help those facing homelessness—and look good while doing it.

Tempe-based apparel company Sportiqe is generously donating 20 percent of its sales earned through the Sportiqe website during the entire week of Nov. 12 – 20 to UMOM in honor of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

Specializing in comfy basics and athletic leisure clothing, Sportiqe has a following amongst celebrities, sports fans and everyday folks alike.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week started in 1975 at a single university. This year, more than 700 schools and community groups will raise awareness and aid those who are homeless.

You can help too! Do good for the hundreds of families experiencing homelessness in UMOM’s care and look good at the same time! Shop at Sportiqe for all your athletic and leisure apparel to support UMOM during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 12 – 20.


DELIA’s Cleaners Winter Wear Drive for UMOM

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UMOM, Arizona’s largest provider of services for homeless families, is partnering with DELIA’s Cleaners, Arizona’s largest dry cleaner, to help keep homeless families warm!

Please drop off new and gently used winter wear at any of DELIA’s Cleaners’s 19 Valley locations to help homeless families. They’ll process your donations and deliver them straight to UMOM. We’ll then distribute your generous gifts to families in need.

What kinds of winter items are we looking for?

  • Coats and jackets
  • Sweaters
  • Pants
  • Boots
  • Hats
  • Blankets
  • And more!

  • DELIA’s Cleaners will be accepting donations on behalf of UMOM for the months of November, December and January.

    Warm the hearts (literally!) of our families.


    Rapid Re-housing : A UMOM Case Study

    rrh-infographic-umomUMOM tracked a large number of households enrolled in rapid re-housing services from 2010 to 2015, and as October 2015, 93% of those identified households had not re-entered emergency shelter services. 

    UMOM New Day Centers has been able to document that for a large sample of families participating in the agency’s rapid re-housing program only 7% re-entered emergency shelter services during a span of more than 5 years.

    Interventions for individuals and families experiencing homelessness vary in type, length and intensity.  For providers, identifying those programs that result in the best chance for stable, permanent housing is critical.  One such program available is rapid re-housing.  To understand the impact of rapid re-housing services, UMOM tracked a large number of households enrolled in rapid re-housing through both their agency and subcontractors from 2010 to 2015.  As of October 2015, 93% of those identified households had not re-entered the system.

    With this kind of success, it begs the question, what is happening in Maricopa County?  And even more important to providers across the state and nationally, what can we learn and how can this work be replicated and expanded?

    Download the Full Case Study

    Prepared for UMOM New Day Centers by Kristin Borns, Borns Solutions AZ



    UMOM Announces New Affordable Housing Project

    UMOM New Day Centers announces a new affordable housing project generously funded by the Arizona Department of Housing and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

    Phoenix, AZ (June 24, 2014) – Thanks to the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, UMOM New Day Centers will undertake a new affordable housing project for at-risk families in Phoenix. On Friday, June 6, ADOH awarded UMOM approximately $9.4 million in financing to build a new housing community. Today, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation announced that it will provide an additional $3 million in funding to support the project.

    “The financing from the Arizona Department of Housing and funding from The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation will allow UMOM to continue toward our goal of providing every family in need with an affordable place to live,” said UMOM CEO Darlene Newsom.  “The additional housing units will go a long way to support the ever growing need for affordable housing in our community.”

    “Home – a simple word that means so much,” said Renee Parsons. “Yet for thousands of people in our community home doesn’t exist. By partnering with UMOM to build additional affordable housing units, Bob and I believe that we can help inspire hope and be part of a rapid-rehousing solution for homelessness.”

    In 2011 UMOM acquired North Mountain Lodge Motel in the Sunnyslope area, located adjacent to one of the organization’s Next Step Housing properties, Casa de Paz Sahuaro Apartments. The investments from ADOH and The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will allow UMOM to demolish the dilapidated structure and construct 48 brand new one, two and three bedroom affordable housing apartments.

    The funds will also support the build-out of a 5,500 square foot community programs service center to support the needs of residents at both properties. The center will provide critical services such as job search assistance, GED tutoring and wellness programs.

    On any given day 50 to 75 families are on UMOM’s shelter waiting list and hundreds more seek affordable housing. The 48 additional units will greatly assist UMOM in moving people off the waitlist and into a home. Of the 48 units, at least 34 will be set aside for chronically homeless individuals and families with preference given to Veterans. UMOM anticipates construction to start early next year with occupancy in Fall 2015.

    “The idea of standing idle while a waitlist for affordable housing grows is simply not an option,” said Bob Parsons. “There are families in this community who need a leg-up and a second chance at becoming first-class citizens. Renee and I have every intention to help make a long-term difference in the fight to end homelessness in the greater Phoenix area and we believe that UMOM’s new housing community is a great next step.”

    The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is a long-time supporter of UMOM New Day Centers. In 2012 the Foundation awarded UMOM $5 million to enable the center to pay off their mortgage on the 7.2 acre main campus, which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing, and dramatically expand the programs and services available.

    UMOM’s Mission: to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual.

    The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation: The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. Find out more about the foundation at www.TBRPF.org.


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    UMOM is Impact Awards Community Champion







    At the Impact Awards on May 14th, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce honored UMOM with the 2013 Community Champion Award!

    The Impact Awards honors the accomplishments of businesses and the impact they’ve made on the Greater Phoenix business community. Darlene Newsom, Chief Executive Officer for UMOM, accepted the recognition at the luncheon. Visit www.phoenixchamber.com/impact to see all the honorees.


    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.