$5MM Grant Gives Hope to Homeless Arizonians - UMOM New Day Centers Name New Campus in Honor of The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation

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The city and private organizations, with the support of corporate gifts and foundation grants, have banded together to end homelessness in the greater Phoenix area. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and UMOM New Day Centers CEO Darlene Newsom honored The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation for their commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness during the official Van Buren Campus naming celebration this morning.

It’s amazing to see how the funds, in less than six months, have ‘opened doors’ and made an immediate difference.

Today, UMOM New Day Centers officially named their main location the “Van Buren Campus” in honor of The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation. A generous $5 million grant from the foundation has enabled the center – which provides homeless families and individuals with safe shelter, housing and supportive services – to pay off their mortgage on the 7.2 acre main campus and dramatically expand the programs and services available.

The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation provides critical funds at critical times to communities striving to make a difference in the greater Phoenix area. “Homelessness is a critical issue,” said Parsons Foundation Co-Founder Renee Parsons. “The decision to support UMOM and help displaced individuals, veterans and families find their way ‘home’ was easy – it’s not just a good thing to do, it’s the right thing to do.”

“With an estimated homeless population of more than 17,000 people in our city, every dollar counts,” said UMOM CEO Darlene Newsom. “Donations are the difference between families living in areas not suitable for human habitation and finding stable housing. We are incredibly grateful to Bob and Renee for their generous gift, without which we would not be able to provide as many services to as many families.”

A sea of colorful pinwheels, each displaying a message of hope and thanks from the 155 families currently in residence, decorated the UMOM campus on East Van Buren in Phoenix today. Messages like “thank you for the new start” and “never let go of your dreams” set an inspirational tone for the naming celebration.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton attended the event and spoke briefly about the Phoenix Homeless Initiative. He acknowledged the great work UMOM does and personally thanked The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation for their commitment to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Arizona.

Outside of the mortgage payment, 22 units of shelter have been added to UMOM’s campus and will house 82 families this year. The addition has been instrumental in cutting the organization’s waitlist in half – taking the waitlist from more than 100 families to less than 50 per week. The grant has also enabled UMOM to appoint a child behavioral psychologist and employ additional housing specialists.

“It’s amazing to see how the funds, in less than six months, have ‘opened doors’ and made an immediate difference,” said Parsons. “Bob and I are honored to be a part of the UMOM community … a community with so much heart and hope.”

The event concluded with the grand unveiling of new signage, the construction of which was donated by Kitchell, for the Van Buren campus.

For more information about The Bob and Renee Foundation visit, http://www.TBRPF.org.

To learn more about UMOM visit, http://www.UMOM.org.

About the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti through the Hope for Haiti organization.

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