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Generation to Generation: A Legacy Born at the Orphanage

Annie Mae Abernathy lived a life of generosity. She was committed to serving others and had an inherent desire to open her heart and home to children.

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UMFS Community Based Service Workers like Kyna “Extremely Willing” to Help During Health Crisis

Sometimes a mediator; sometimes a surrogate; always an unwavering champion for children, teens, and families.

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UMFS Next Steps Toward Social Equity

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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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What is Kinship Care? UMFS VP of Programs Adalay Wilson Explains

The following is an interview with Adalay Wilson, Vice President of Programs at UMFS. She’s been with the agency since 1989. Through the Kinship Care program, Adalay and her team are helping youth in the foster care system connect with extended family and other close supports.

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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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