Phoenix, October 27, 2012 – Last night at UMOM’s Buckles and Bangles dinner gala, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, a charitable foundation founded by Renee Parsons and her husband, Bob Parsons, Go Daddy Founder, awarded UMOM New Day Centers a $5 million grant. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation donation consists of a naming investment for the 7.2 acre main UMOM campus, as well as funding that goes directly to expand capacity and services.
This contribution officially ends the Capital Campaign UMOM launched in 2005 to undertake the purchase and renovation of the main campus on East Van Buren Street. This generous gift enables UMOM to pay off the mortgage for this campus and redirect the mortgage and interest payments to expanding shelter, housing and supportive services for homeless families. The funding also allows the shelter to operate at full-capacity, increasing the number of shelter units from 134 to 156.
“We believe this contribution will truly make a difference for UMOM and help the families who need its services,” said Renee Parsons. “This is an under-served segment of our community. Bob and I believe helping these families is helping to make a better future for our community as a whole.”
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation investment will result in the following expanded services for families in need:
- Additional 22 shelter units to house 82 more families annually, including 2 additional families in the Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Domestic Violence Shelter.
- Increase housing focus to:
- Build 44 additional affordable housing units.
- Ensure housing success with rental subsidies.
- Strengthen the health of UMOM families in housing.
- Expand front-line staff, allowing UMOM to:
- Shelter an additional 24 families annually.
- Assist 125 adults in overcoming substance abuse.
- Stabilize 80-100 children with severe behavioral/developmental needs.
- Redirect funding focus for long-term organizational sustainability through:
- Planned Giving
- Program expansion
“Renee and I hope this gift will inspire others to give what they can,” said Bob Parsons. “UMOM has a waiting list with more than 100 families. We all need to do what we can to end family homelessness.”
UMOM New Day Centers moved into the larger, renovated campus in October of 2009 and as of September 2012 still carried roughly $4.3 million in mortgage debt from the project. With this gift the campaign is complete and has raised a total of $24 million dollars.
“This gift allows UMOM to focus solely on providing the services and support our families need,” said Darlene Newsom, Chief Executive Officer at UMOM New Day Centers. “We will be able to take 22 families from our waiting list and get them into shelter.”
Bob Parsons is a self-made entrepreneur who created Go Daddy, the world’s largest Web hosting provider and domain name registrar now serving 10.5 million customers worldwide. Parsons is also the CEO and Founder of Arizona’s largest motorcycle dealership, Harley-Davidson of Scottsdale and GoAZ Motorcycles.
UMOM operates a full continuum of services for homeless families. The Watkins Basic Needs Shelter provides safe shelter for 120 single women and up to 20 families in Phoenix. At the Van Buren campus there is an Emergency Shelter, a Transitional Living Program, and a Veterans Transitional Living program. Also at that campus there is a fully-licensed Wellness Center operated by Phoenix Children’s Hospital, a licensed and accredited Child Development Center, after-school programs for children and teens and several workforce development programs for adults. UMOM also operates the 56 bed Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Domestic Violence Shelter at an undisclosed location.
UMOM also operates 320 units of affordable housing across the Valley, all of which offer a Program Center and Program Coordinator to facilitate after-school care, family activities, GED programs and many other support services for low-income families.
Support from the Parsons and Go Daddy for UMOM New Day Centers goes back to 2004 when GoDaddy.com participated in the annual UMOM Golf Tournament. During their 2009 Go Daddy holiday party, the company gave a $500,000 gift to UMOM, which contributed to programs at the Danica Patrick GoDaddy.com Domestic Violence Shelter. In 2010, the company donated dozens of new trees which were planted around the main campus. In 2011, Go Daddy was the title sponsor of UMOM’s Walk for Homeless Families and Buckles and Bangles Gala. Go Daddy also gave $100,000 toward the Capital Campaign, which funded renovations of the domestic violence shelter.