Evie Stevies, our non-profit partner here in Tempe, Tumbleweed, recently went through some big changes. Tumbleweed Center for Youth has now been adopted by another Tempe partner, UMOM New Day Centers. Tumbleweed offered housing programs, resource centers, counseling, employment assistance, and more to youth in critical need in Arizona. These programs will still be available, but will now operate under the care of UMOM New Day Centers, as a part of their larger organization. We are so grateful to UMOM for keeping these programs going, as Tumbleweed is always near and dear to our hearts.
After many conversations with both UMOM and former Tumbleweed staff, it has been decided that to best serve these populations Tumbleweed, a Service of UMOM will also be officially combined under UMOM in our non-profit program. Both partners will now utilize the same account. Going forward they will be pooling staffing, resources and allocation to cover the needs of both clientele under one operation. To prepare for this increase in need, the percentage of sandwiches going to UMOM every month will be increased in order to cover their extra programming needs.
“UMOM is so grateful for our amazing partnership with Even Stevens! Each month, the donations they provide make it possible for us to order enough food to provide a week’s worth of dinners to the homeless families and youth we serve! Thank you so much for providing us with this food resource, which not only helps offset our monthly food costs associated with our shelter and our community programs but also helps alleviate food insecurity for the people we serve.”
– Fara Walling, Resource Development Manager UMOM New Day Centers
So what does this mean for our partners in Tempe? With the combination of UMOM New Day Centers and Tumbleweed, a Service of UMOM into one partner, we are able to add a fourth partner to our Tempe location. We’re excited to announce our newest partner, Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank! The mission of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank is to provide food and other basic necessities to their neighbors in need and unite the community in the fight against hunger. Founded in 2001, they operated out of a church kitchen until they outgrew it in 2005. They now serve thousands of clients monthly by providing three core services – emergency food boxes, holiday food boxes and a backpack program.
” Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank welcomes Even Stevens Tempe into our collective
efforts to support our neighbors in need. Together we embrace this
opportunity to further our efforts to provide hunger relief. ”
– Jan Terhune, Executive Director of Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank
Our four partners in Tempe, AZ are now Operation Care Food Bank, Tempe Community Action Agency, UMOM New Day Centers and Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank. If you wish to learn more about each partner or how you can get involved, we invite to visit each partner’s website for information.
Check out more about Mathew’s Crossing at http://www.matthewscrossing.org/home and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/matthewscrossingfoodbank/