In March, we were delighted to partner with McCarthy Building Companies to remodel the teen center at UMOM where the Teen Activity Program (TAP) takes place. Volunteers spent several days painting and remodeling the room to match the superhero theme chosen by the teens in TAP. The room is lit up by superhero cut outs such as Ironman, Batman, Captain America and many more! The room also features TV’s, gaming systems, a tutoring center and new computers for teens to work on their homework. The computer center is a big hit with Lexus, one of the teens in the program, “My favorite part of the teen room is the new computer room because it’s quiet and I get to go on the computers and am able to finish my homework.”
The teens were astonished at the makeover and were enthusiastic about having their favorite superheroes in the room, to serve as inspiration. Because of the renovation, attendance has increased in TAP with twice as many teenagers now stopping by after school. The space is much more pleasant and it provides a positive environment for teens.
Lexus Trujillo regularly attends the TAP center afterschool. She and her family had nowhere to go and came to UMOM looking for a place to live. Her dream is to one day have a car and to find a home for her family.
Lexus and the rest of the teens in the program are thrilled with the new space, Lexus commented, “This is a very special place to me.”
UMOM would like to thank McCarthy Building Companies Heart Hats volunteers and all the sponsors who donated their time and materials including, Wholesale Flooring, for providing the carpeting, vinyl base & VCT, Pete King for painting, framing and installing the drywall, Wilson Electric, for handling electrical & re-wiring, Universal Forest Products for the superhero wood cutouts, Walters and Wolf for providing new door, frames & windows, ABcom, for setting up data capabilities, and Insight for wiring, cables and power strips.
“Thank you, to all of those involved, I hope they continue to do this to other communities because they did an awesome job!’” -Lexus