Services

Housing

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.

In order to live at UMCS, families must meet income requirements, complete an application process with an earnest fee, tour the apartment, and when accepted, pay a security deposit and rent.  All new residents complete an intake process in order to live in supportive housing and ongoing supportive services are available to all residents as they work on their individual needs and goals.

Individuals and families interested in living at UMCS can call the office at (414)344-1818, or can be referred through a number of agencies and organizations including shelters, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, domestic violence organizations and more.

Growing Tree Children’s Center

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 both first shift and second shift care for children aged 6 months to 12 years old.

The Growing Tree Children’s Center is open from 6:00am - 11:30pm, 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.

We accept both private pay and WI shares from families from any zip code.

Families interested in having their students enrolled in the Growing Tree Children’s Center can call (414)344-1818 or come in for a tour of the facility and if it is a good fit for your child, we will talk about the next steps to enroll your child.

The Family Resource Center

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.

Hours of operation are:

Emergency Food Pantry -- Monday, and Wednesday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Stockbox Program -- The first four Tuesdays of the month from 9:00am to 11:00am
Clothing Bank – Wednesdays from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 

To receive food from the Emergency Food Pantry you may walk in or make an appointment (414)344-1818. You are able to receive food once every 30 days. Please bring a photo ID and a current piece of mail with your address on it for each adult the first time you come to the food pantry. We only need verification of address once a year, unless your address changes. Bring a third party item with each child's name and birthdate on it for each child in your household. This could include a birth certificate, immunization record, school record, birth announcement, or legal paperwork. Once a child's information is in our records you will not need to continue bringing his or her items with you.

To participate in the Stockbox Program you must be an enrolled participant. To qualify for a Stockbox, seniors must be 60 years or older and a resident of Wisconsin and meet the monthly low-income requirements.

To receive clothing or hygiene products from our Clothing Bank you must bring your photo ID, and documentation for all people living in your household. All clothing and hygiene items are donated, and there is no guarantee that items/sizes will be available. You may visit the Clothing Bank once a month.

Community Engagement

Residents and community members can get involved in community engagement in many ways.   

Washington Park Partners
Primarily UMCS offers programming through the Washington Park Partners through a number of programs and activities.  Check out the Washington Park Partners facebook page for the latest activities: https://www.facebook.com/washingtonparkpartners/ 

Washington Park Partners community organizers are also available throughout the community to speak to and work with residents on the development of projects and initiatives.  These initiatives are broken down into a number of categories.  For Arts, Housing, Business & Jobs, WPP Steering Committee or NID board,  contact Phoua Vang at (414)344-1818 for more information. For Education, Parks, and safety contact Nouchee Thor at (414)344-1818. 

Community Health Worker
A Community Health Worker sponsored by Froedtert Health is available to work with residents on their health questions and concerns.  Her current hours to meet with residents are Tuesdays - Fridays from 12pm-4pm.  Contact Thomasine Norrington at (414)344-1818 for more information.  

Monthly Community Meal
A monthly community meal is offered in the UMCS community room on the Third Thursday of each month from 5:30-6:30pm.  This meal is free to all residents and community members and is a chance to connect with neighbors and friends.  All are welcome!