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Mission: United Ministries is a nurturing organization serving working families and those in distress by assisting with emergency needs and subsidized childcare. We provide quality education and a safe place for children, basic needs assistance for the poor, and community service opportunities.
Results: MCUM prepares children for success in school. Children in our program are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. They are less likely to repeat grades or need remedial services from the public school system.
MCUM prevents homelessness by providing rent, mortgage, and utility assistance to those in crisis.
The Emergency Services Program encourages self-sufficiency by providing assistance during a difficult time, connecting clients to other resources, and encouraging clients to take steps to improve their financial situation.
Target demographics: low-income working families with children ages 2-12 and households experiencing a financial crisis
Direct beneficiaries per year: Our Childcare Program can enroll up to 97 preschool children. The Emergency Services Program provides basic needs assistance to more than 1,000 individual families per year.
Geographic areas served: Monroe County, Indiana
Programs: Monroe County United Ministries provides affordable childcare in a licensed and NAEYC-accredited center. The center has received four stars, the highest number possible, through Indiana's Paths to Quality assessment program and is a 5-Star recipient through the Indiana Department of Environmental Management's 5-Star Environmental Recognition Program for Child Care Facilities, which ensures child care providers have taken steps to reduce and eliminate hazards that can cause permanent, long term developmental problems in young children.
As a student at Indiana University, I witnessed firsthand the commitment and dedication to Bloomington families from MCUM's staff, volunteers, and board of directors. MCUM is very in touch with the clients and children they serve--they really understand the needs of the local community and the services they offer (emergency assistance and affordable childcare) really reflect that. They provide a sense of stability to families who may be overwhelmed and anxious about making ends meet. When it comes to donations, MCUM is a wonderful steward of the gifts it receives, whether they be financial gifts or in-kind goods!