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The Finer Properties of the Valley of the Sun

Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation gives $25K to UMOM

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Since 2005, AMA members have distributed more than $1.3 million in grants statewide. (Photo: Arianna Grainey/DigitalFreePress.com)
As expenses skyrocket at UMOM multihousing foundation offers funding
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press

The Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation announced earlier this month it is pledging $25,000 to UMOM New Day Centers after the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was hit with unexpected expenses this year.

A recent campus inspection showed that UMOM needed to speed up planned repairs to the outdoor playground and indoor gym or close the play spaces, representatives of the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation report.

UMOM is a community provider of shelter, supportive services, and affordable housing that builds programs around a simple formula: jobs and housing will equate to an end to homelessness. On an average day, there are 300 kids at the UMOM New Day Center family shelter. UMOM also offers over 900 units of affordable housing across the Valley and has long been a recipient of grants from the foundation.

“UMOM came to us with an urgent request to help keep their play spaces on campus open and safe,” said Tina Greco, co-chair of AMCF and associate managing director of multifamily investments for Mark-Taylor Residential, in a prepared statement. “The foundation stepped in to offer the $25,000 and encourage other sizeable donations to defray these needed improvements.”

Jackson Fonder, chief executive at UMOM, offered a sentiment of gratitude for the charitable shot-in-the-arm.

“We are grateful for the community support to help keep play spaces on campus open and safe for the children and families we serve,” said Jackson Fonder, UMOM’s CEO. “We know we have a partner in the foundation and their support helps ensure that UMOM is a healing space.”

Since 2005, AMA members have distributed more than $1.3 million in grants statewide. The grants are made possible by the AMCF Big Hearts fundraising committee, through annual events like the Bowl-A-Thon, Car Raffle, Silent Auction, Dollar-A-Door campaign, Gaslight Theatre, El Tour de Tucson, and the Annual Fun Run.

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