Every year, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church sends a team of walkers to participate in UMOM’s Walk for Homeless Families. This year is no different.

We invite you to join Team PVUMC at the Phoenix Zoo on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Registration is $25 for adults, and $20 for students (up to age 18). Children ages 2 and under are free.

Rev. Brenda Smith is team captain, and she’ll be escorting a group of 3rd and 4th graders that morning through the zoo, after an overnight event. To find out more about Thrive 34, please email her at brenda@pvumc.org.


Event Schedule

Registration includes a T-shirt and FREE admission to the Phoenix Zoo, so you can make a day of it!

6:30AM Register and Check InAt the Main Entrance for the Zoo
6:30AM-8:00AM Pre-Walk Festivities includes a Free Kids Zone, carousel rides, food and drinks, and much, much more!
8:00AM Walk/Run Begins1K or 5K distance
9:00AM Event Ends – Enjoy a beautiful day at the Phoenix Zoo!

Why We Walk

The UMOM Women’s Auxiliary helped to found the Annual Walk for Homeless Families back in 2009. The event helps to raise money and awareness for the homeless families, individuals, and youth in our community. It is a chance for members of our community to show their support for UMOM New Day Centers, give back, walk and also have fun while doing so.

The Walk continues to grow and expand each year. The Phoenix Zoo is a wonderful venue!

This year marks a new era for UMOM with the recent addition of six programs from Tumbleweed. This means UMOM, already Arizona’s largest homeless shelter and service organization, will now provide safe shelter, job training and supportive services to teens, young adults and families as we break the cycle of homelessness.


Facts about UMOM

• At the main UMOM campus we have 76 units of emergency shelter (120-day stay) and 50 units of extended shelter (up to a 2-year stay).

• However, the average rate of stay for a family is 60 days.

• UMOM provides more than 300 affordable units of housing across the valley.

• Our Permanent Supportive Housing provides 85 units for families and women.

• UMOM has specific shelter and services for domestic violence victims and veterans.

• We believe in a housing-first strategy with wrap-around services. That means we get a homeless family, youth or individual into housing as soon as possible and then provide them complete wellness care, employment support, childcare and other resources so they can focus on their housing plan.

• The Tumbleweed programs now a service of UMOM help more than 1,000 youth and young adults each year.

• The new Halle Women’s Center has 48 units for 7-day (short-term), 60-day (mid-term) and 120-day (long-term) stays. There are also two beds for emergency first responder situations.

• UMOM operates three social enterprise businesses, two of which support job training programs: Helpings Café, Belongings thrift store and Tumbletees screen printing.

Gifts of all kinds make a difference in breaking the cycle of homelessness!

• $10 supports a family’s daily employment and education programs.

• $15 funds a family’s support specialist for one day.

• $30 provides a day of after-school programming to a teen.

• $50 gives a family a full shelter stay for one day.

• $80 feeds a family for a week.

• $125 funds a family’s health and wellness needs for a month.

• $350 provides a week of early childcare to one child.



Read more about the event, and join Team PVUMC by clicking here.


We’re hoping to recruit 50 walkers and raise $2,500 in donations in support of homeless families. Together, we are God’s love in action!


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