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Creating a Pathway to Success for Neighbors in our Community

Creating a Pathway to Success for Neighbors in our Community
March 1, 2022 Client StoriesCollaborationsBusinessesFood PantryHousing StabilityMOM NewsClothing Center

Sara* first came to MOM in 2011 when a family crisis left her with four young children to support on her own and only a part-time job to do it. Sara began meeting with a MOM case manager and receiving financial assistance to pay rent and utilities. Over the next few years, regular visits to MOM’s Food Pantry ensured Sara and her children had nutritious food to eat. Sara found clothes at our Clothing Center to keep her four growing children warm all winter. MOM also stepped in occasionally to relieve financial pressure in other ways, sometimes through auto repair assistance or through Sara’s participation in our Back to School and Winter Wishes programs that provided school supplies and holiday gifts for her family. Through it all, Sara remained committed to maintaining a stable home for her kids. She slowly built up savings from her modest earnings at her frontline service job. Recently she used those savings to become the proud owner of a 3-bedroom condo that has enough space for her four kids and another beloved family member—the family dog!

Sara’s journey illustrates something we see often here at MOM. For families in crisis, re-establishing stability is usually a long, difficult journey. That’s why we offer a range of programs that can help including our Food Pantry, Clothing Center, Housing Stabilization Program, Winter Wishes, Back to School, Thanksgiving Baskets and more.

We also work with community partners to ensure resources reach those who need them. Throughout the pandemic, we have continued to partner with the Middleton Cross Plains Area School District to support children in need of personal products and household supplies. With support from Costco in Middleton and Piggly Wiggly in Cross Plains, these supplies are given to social workers who host a “Caring Closet” for families. Through generous donations from the Middleton Tourism Board, we provided warm winter gear both in our Clothing Center and by distributing it to area school social workers and other partners. We have also partnered with Dane County Public Health to offer vaccine clinics at our Distribution Center each Monday for the past couple of months. 

Our work is only possible through the support of individuals, businesses, churches and other groups who volunteer and provide financial and other support. With more opportunities becoming available, we are hoping to partner even more closely with groups in the community who are seeking to make an impact. We would love to take your group on a tour or meet to talk about how you can get involved. For more information, contact Leslie at leslie@momhelps.org

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