Poverty is a deep and complicated issue that has many interconnected causes. There isn’t one easy solution to solve the problem of poverty and one crisis can affect a whole host of needs in a family. Many families struggle with meeting their basic needs, and often these needs become dependent upon each other. For example, having adequate & reliable childcare affects a single mother’s ability to sustain employment. Or a family that struggles to maintain family sustaining employment may have difficulty providing enough food for their family.
How does UMCS approach the challenges of poverty?
Based upon our fundamental belief in God’s love, United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, Inc. values the dignity, potential, and worth of each individual, and creates a nurturing environment and sense of community in which miracles happen.
We understand the interconnected nature of poverty and use a multi-faceted approach to address the struggles families face. UMCS reduces barriers to basic needs so that families can focus on developing roots in the community, building capacity, and meeting their individualized goals.
Through housing, childcare, resources, and community engagement, we act as a stepping stone for families on their way towards stability.