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Help Raise $15,000 on Giving Tuesday, November 27th!

November 9, 2018

In 2016, Matthew Desmond wrote a powerful book about the eviction crisis in Milwaukee, and since then many have focused on the causes and effects that the lack of affordable housing has on communities and families.

  • To rent a 2-bedroom apartment in Milwaukee at the fair market rental value, a family would need to make $17.25/hour or work 2.4 full-time jobs at minimum wage.
  • For every 100 Milwaukee families that are at or below the poverty line, there are only 25 affordable housing units available.
  • 55,000 families in the Milwaukee area struggle to find adequate and affordable housing for their families.
  • 75% of extremely low-income families spend more than 50% of their income on housing and utilities.

These statistics represent the stories of many families, not just those in the book Evicted, but also in the stories that we hear from families that we serve at UMCS.

Sandra is one such family. Sandra came to UMCS from another apartment building that was being sold to someone new, and she had concerns about the future of the building under new ownership. Sandra wanted to live somewhere that was comfortable, supportive, especially for someone who was a single parent like her. Sandra has now lived at UMCS with her 5 children for the past 5 years, and she speaks highly of the support available to her including the resources on site, staff support, and help with her kids.

"I like that the building has affordable rent which allows me to better take care of my kids. I can afford my rent, pay my bills, and not worry about becoming homeless. Paying my rent doesn't have to be stressful-we all have things that we worry about but paying rent doesn't have to be one of them."

At United Methodist Children's Services, we know that safe,affordable, housing is a basic need that ensures that a family can experience better outcomes for their lives. Families see an increase in their physical& mental health, financial stability, their children's educational outcomes, and more when their housing costs make up a smaller percentage of their income, and it is important to ensure that we continue to provide affordable housing in a city that is in short supply.

Join us on Giving Tuesday, November 27th, as we work to raise$15,000 to support the mission of UMCS to reduce the barriers to basic needs such as housing, food, clothing, health, and more, so that families can focus on their long-term goals.

Through the support of an Anonymous donor & the Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation, we have received a $10,000 challenge grant to help add 100 new donors on November 27th. For every NEW donor who gives $50 or more, UMCS will receive $100!!

Ways you can help-- 

·        If you have not yet directly supported UMCS*, consider giving a gift on November 27th by donating online at www.umcs-wi.org/get-involved/donate. Your donation provides affordable housing and other basic needs to families who struggle with poverty, and on this day, your impact is TRIPLED!

·        If you are a current donor, we ask you to share the story of UMCS with your friends, family, co-workers, and networks and invite them to consider supporting children & families in Milwaukee. You can share this blog post or donation link with them, or like us on facebook and share the donation link from our facebook page. (We will have a number of posts and stories highlighted on the page throughout the month of November available for you to share.) Don't forget to have them mention your name on the donation page---all current donors who refer a new donor on Giving Tuesday will be invited to a special 'Thank You' event in 2019!

Thank you for making a difference in the lives of those we serve!

For questions or more information, contact:Tina Itson, Director of Development, tina.itson@umcs-wi.org, 414-344-1818

*Many donors give to UMCS through offerings & gifts through their local congregations.  These gifts are not considered 'direct' gifts from an individual donor, thus donations from these donors on Giving Tuesday would be considered 'NEW' for this campaign challenge grant.  If you are unsure whether your gift would be counted for this challenge, please contact Tina directly.