Following a thrilling orientation with my business partner at the HSC, I made my way to UMOM New Day Center in Phoenix for a campus tour. I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with it all -- straight through to the rustic furniture that adorns the lobby. Seriously though, I must have commended on that in every building. I LOVE interior design, and the space was not only functional, but bang-on to my style. I got there a bit early too, so I relaxed on the sofa and people-watched for 15 minutes or so.
When Rosanne showed up, we dived right in. She was a helpful, relaxed and courteous tour guide. I'm strictly casual, so I appreciated her down-to-earth personality. The tour was made more rewarding by my industry knowledge too. Fore example, Tumbleweed is now operated by UMOM, and I'm well acquainted with the Family Housing Hub and their onsite emergency shelter and transitional living programs for families. Not only because its a valuable service that I often navigate my clients to, but its the family equivalent of the work that I do at the Human Service Campus for adult individuals. I understand the process and how important it is to get families into emergency shelter and qualify them for housing programs down the road.
By the time I was done, my feet were off the floor. I was inspired in many ways, and the ride back to my residential project left me in reveries. I can't tell you how much it relieves me to know that these services are available to families in our community. My heart aches for my brothers and sisters because of the unjust state of affairs of the world we live in. There's help and hope thanks to outstanding organizations like this.
*The next visit to to the UMOM New Day Center will be for a presentation promoting the work of Grassroots Community Solutions & Caring Spirits of AZ to their case managers.