UMOM greatly appreciates the partnership and support of the Whiteman Foundation. The grant award of $25,000 assisted UMOM to:
- Provide therapeutic services for 331 unduplicated homeless children residing at UMOM New Day Centers;
- Conduct 175 vision and hearing screenings; and
- Assess 180 children, every 30 days, to capture progress on developmental milestones prior to exiting shelter.
UMOM has witnessed the impact of the economy on low-income families firsthand. Each month, an average of 80 families are assessed and added to the Service Priority Lists for Shelter. UMOM's child care for children of homeless families has stabilized children physically, emotionally, academically and developmentally after experiencing homelessness; helped prepare them for school; helped them improve their academic achievement in at least one area (i.e. reading, etc.) and remain in school; and engaged parents in their child’s education and development.
Most parents residing at UMOM cannot afford expensive off-site childcare while they attend classes or go to work. Families experiencing homelessness move frequently between shelters, overcrowded apartments, and temporary arrangements with relatives or friends. This high mobility is traumatic, particularly for children and youth. Lack of consistency, routines, privacy, safety, health care, uninterrupted schooling and a sense of community make it extremely difficult for children and youth to flourish socially, emotionally, and academically. While at UMOM, children gain support that helps to mitigate these issues and builds a foundation of support and safety.