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United Methodist Children's Services of Wisconsin, Inc.

aka UMCS   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.umcs-wi.org

Mission

Based upon our fundamental belief in God's love, United Methodist Children's Services of Wisconsin, Inc. values the dignity, potential, and worth of each individual, and creates a nurturing environment and sense of community in which miracles happen.

We understand the interconnected nature of poverty and use a multi-faceted approach to address the struggles families face. UMCS reduces barriers to basic needs so that families can focus on developing roots in the community, building capacity, and meeting their individualized goals.

Through housing, childcare, resources, and community engagement, we act as a stepping stone for families on their way towards stability

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Bill Schmitt

Main address

3940 West Lisbon Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53208 USA

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EIN

39-1030611

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Washington Park Neighborhood of Milwaukee is one rich with history. A community that came to be through the development of both a city park and industrial growth, Washington Park carries a legacy of a diverse community of people from all walks of life, with the city park as a cornerstone of the community.

But Washington Park faces challenges too, and they are ones that reflect many other parts of the city of Milwaukee. With an unemployment rate of over 15%, and almost 50% of the population living below the poverty line, families in this neighborhood struggle with finding a sense of stability and hope

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Low Income Housing and Supported Services

UMCS has 72 units of housing ranging from 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms in three apartment buildings and 20 townhomes. 53 of these units are designated for low-income families that are heading for self-sufficiency. 15 units are designated for those in the county’s mental health supportive program. 4 units are reserved for families moving out of homelessness.

Residents at UMCS are supported through additional services to ensure that their social, mental, physical and other needs are met. Through social work and supportive services residents are provided with crisis intervention & mental health monitoring, community building activities & classes, mediation & conflict resolution, and other important family services that help support the wellbeing of families. Additional services include key fob access to ensure safety, a fitness center, computer room, community room, receptionist, and community meals

Population(s) Served
Families

The Growing Tree Children’s center is a state-licensed, 3-star quality child care program that serves children in the UMCS housing program and the surrounding community. We offer first shift care for children aged 6 weeks to 12 years old.

The Growing Tree Children’s Center is open from 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM and offers a variety of programming throughout the day. We focus on creating a safe, learning environment for children where they can participate in age-appropriate activities and early literacy curriculum

Population(s) Served
Families

The Family Resource Center is located on the Northeast corner of 39th Street and Lisbon Avenue. It includes an Emergency Food Pantry, Stockbox Program, and Clothing/Hygiene product distribution. We also have community events/information available, Food Share representatives, health care workers, and other community partnerships that are in the Resource Center on a rotating basis to help with applications, questions, and concerns.

Population(s) Served
Families

Community engagement at UMCS focuses on two areas:

Neighborhood Engagement
Our Community Organizer uses door-to-door outreach, relationship building, and a network of partners to bring cohesion, trust, and additional resources to the Washington Park neighborhood.

Community Health Outreach
The UMCS Community Health Worker supported by our community partner, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, uses her trusting relationship with area residents to educate, inform, and connect them to heath care and other resources that help improve their whole lives.

As an anchor institution of the neighborhood, we provide space and time during our food pantry to our community partners that can bring additional resources to the residents we serve.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We understand the interconnected nature of poverty and use a multi-faceted approach to address the struggles families face. UMCS reduces barriers to basic needs so that families can focus on developing roots in the community, building capacity, and meeting their individualized goals.

Through housing, childcare, resources, and community engagement, we act as a stepping stone for families on their way towards stability

Financials

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Operations

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United Methodist Children's Services of Wisconsin, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Ellen Rasmussen

Brown Deer United Methodist Church

Term: 2021 - 2023

Darryl Davidson

City of Milwaukee Health Department

Wayne Foster

The Foster Group

Monique Graham

Froedtert & the Medical College of WI, Inc.

Gwen Johnson

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District

Victoria Pryor

Univ. of Wisc - Milwaukee

John Grisson

Milwaukee Public Schools

Kevin Stewart

Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee

Lamont Davis

KLD Construction Management Services

Anthony Kazee

KG Development Group

Tina Itson

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Jamilah Monroe

BMO Harris Bank

Bess Earl

Milwaukee County

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/7/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/07/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.