My husband and I are long-term supporters of UMFS. The impact this organization has on the children and families it serves is amazing. For more than 10 years, we have attended events and commencements where youth talk about their transformation while being in treatment. I have been fortunate enough to meet some of these youth and hear their stories of hopelessness when they entered the program and to see their total transformation at the end of the program. I have the utmost admiration for the dedicated employees who work each day with the youth and their families. I can not say enough about the innovative programs this organization has to serve the community. It makes me a proud donor!
UMFS serves some of the most under resourced children and families in our state by transforming their lives and giving them hope for a future. I know that the money I give goes to support , education, formation and transformation in ways that changes peoples lives.
I recently attended a Commencement Ceremony for several at-risk youth who had completed a life changing program through UMFS, called the Circle of Courage. These children bravely stood in front of hundreds of people in a packed cafeteria and shared their stories of struggle, neglect, abuse, substance addiction, and finally - hope. Most of the children had been a product of the system since they were very young, and began their journey at UMFS with a goal to get out as quickly as possible. Then they started to understand that the social workers, clinicians, therapists, teachers, and all UMFS were different. They worked to give each child a voice. They worked to help each child let go of their anger, pain, and distrust. Every child personally thanked UMFS and its dedicated staff for caring so much about them, and giving them a reason to believe they can be successful in life despite their past challenges. They stood with their new foster families or their re-united biological families as tears streamed down their eyes. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. It was then that I knew that UMFS was truly touching lives, and creating futures.