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Call for Artists

Calling all artists! UMFS is looking for an artist to concept and build a unique installation at our Richmond Campus on West Broad Street. UMFS is a champion for children, teens, and families. We are authentic, inclusive, proactive, bold, empowering, and relentless, and this piece of art will convey that to the community. Click here […]

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Cards of Encouragement

Your kind words and handwritten cards of encouragement resulted in big smiles from the front-line staff you are supporting. Old friends and new friends alike from all across the commonwealth sent personal notes reminding essential staff just how amazing they are.

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A Thoughtful Gift from Lowe’s

A brigade of buckets, a cluster of cleaning supplies, and a rapid response to a request. Lowe’s Home Improvement knows generosity! UMFS made a call for cleaning supplies, and Lowe’s answered with a generous donation. “They were amazing,” said UMFS Associate Director of Administrative Operations Sonja Lawson.“They put together 44 buckets of supplies and brought […]

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Volunteers Answer the Call for Masks

We asked, you answered! Thank you to our generous (and talented!) UMFS volunteers who answered the call and made over 200 masks to keep our essential staff and youth safe. “I want to thank all of the wonderful volunteers who donated their time and materials to make so many beautiful masks for UMFS staff,” said Florence, […]

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Now We’re Cookin’

Residents at the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center kicked off their spring break on Sunday, April 4, with a spring bake-off! The featured delicacy? Scratch-made chocolate chip cookies, which were so delicious and were devoured so quickly by staff judges and youth that no one had a chance to snap a photo. But ahead of their culinary clash, the […]

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Turning Pages from a Distance

Creativity, innovation, and good old-fashioned A+ work is occurring in every corner of the #UMFSCommunity. At UMFS Charterhouse School in Edinburg, for example, English teacher George Merryman introduced a way to reach students in their homes without being physically present.  “Charterhouse School has allocated a budget, which is to be used to buy our students some […]

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Doubling Down with a Delicious Donation

Longtime UMFS donor and Leadership Coach Nancy Eberhardt knows that children, teens, and families served by UMFS are well cared for. “I have a lot of trust in the employees, and I really believe in the leadership,” she said. So when an opportunity to support frontline staff during the coronavirus crisis presented itself, Nancy gladly doubled down with a $1,000 gift to purchase meals from local restaurants for staff at UMFS Leland House in […]

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An Out-of-this-World Easter

With Easter quickly approaching, staff at the UMFS Child & Family Healing Center (CFHC) and Leland House were racking their brains for ways to provide residents with a proper celebration in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. All off-campus activities were on hold, no visitors were allowed on campus, and the stay-at-home order and the need for […]

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Hunter Helping Where He Can

UMFS Charterhouse School student Hunter loves to lend a helping hand, which is one of many reasons he was so fond of his internship with the UMFS maintenance team. Hunter earned his internship through the Charterhouse School Applied Curriculum Program, and each week his peers and UMFS staff alike looked forward to Hunter’s golf cart […]

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