Grab your flip-flops or get a free pair with your registration at this year’s UMOM Walk to End Homelessness at The Phoenix Zoo. Join us on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 6:00 a.m. registration begins and 7:00 a.m. 1k walk. For the past ten years, UMOM’s Walk to End Homelessness has raised critically needed funds for Arizona’s largest family homeless shelter. The Walk to End Homelessness at the Phoenix Zoo hosts approximately 2,000 or more participants, who learn about UMOM, enjoy the event’s food, entertainment and vendors and a day at The Phoenix Zoo. This year, we are attempting to break Guinness World Record for the largest thong sandal (flip-flop) race.
Founded in 1964, UMOM is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is an innovative provider of shelter,housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. Every night we provide safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 homeless families. We also offer nearly 300 units of affordable housing across the Valley, each with special Program Centers for residents. UMOM’s mission is to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual. In 2017, UMOM served more than 12,000 people experiencing homelessness including families, single women, and youth. To assist those experiencing homelessness get back on their feet, UMOM provides a variety of specialized resources including case management, emergency shelter, affordable housing, job training, education, childcare, healthcare and more. To continue to provide these vital resources, UMOM depends on strong community support from donors, volunteers and other partners.
UMOM offers two types of shelter: emergency and extended. Emergency shelter provides a temporary place to live for those experiencing homelessness. Extended shelter gives very vulnerable families the ability to stay and receive supportive services for a longer period of time, beyond an emergency stay. The average length of stay in extended shelter is 247 days (less than five months). UMOM also provides extended shelter, programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. UMOM New Day Centers is for families, including families of military veterans. On the UMOM New Day Centers campus, each family lives in a private room. Case managers guide families as they create an individual housing plan – essentially, their own strategy to confront and overcome the challenges that led to homelessness. Tools – like a computer lab, vocational training and licensed, onsite childcare – aid clients in obtaining a job. A licensed wellness clinic, also on-campus, helps kids and young adults stay healthy and in school. Halle Women’s Center is for single women without children. Opened in June 2017, the Halle Center is the first Arizona shelter designed specifically for women. The Halle Center, along with all of UMOM’s programs and facilities depends upon our community participating in our fundraisers, like the Walk. Please come out and help support UMOM, while having fun with your family and friends at The Phoenix Zoo!
Registration and More Info: www.umom.org/walk