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UMOM Watkins Overflow Shelter - Kid Connection

Hi Everyone!

WELCOME TO KID CONNECTION! This is our regular Friday evening at the UMOM Watkins Overflow Shelter.

We will spend quality time with the children at the Watkins overflow homeless shelter. Activities include arts & crafts, games and as much one to one interaction with the children as possible. Plan on being there from 6 pm to 8 pm. We will be interacting with kids from 6 months to early teens. This gives the parents a break from their kids and it shows the children that others care about them.

Please keep in mind that UMOM is a faith-based organization. Minimum age for this will be 12 with parent or guardian accompanying you. You need to be comfortable that your kids will be comfortable interacting with peers or younger kids that are homeless.


If by 4:00P.M. on the day of the event if there are not 8 or more volunteers signed up, the meet up is cancelled!


1) Do not park in their parking lot for they lock the gate, instead park on the street but not directly in front of the shelter for they pick-up and drop off there. It is a warehouse in an industrial park so google it so you know what to look for.

2) Do not bring anything of value into the shelter for there isn't a place to keep.

3) Entrances are to first knock on the double doors; next try the doorbell and lastly go to the west side and enter. Tell a worker that you are there to volunteer with The Phoenix Philanthropists!

4) Advice: always stay with children where you and the child can be seen. Do not take children to the bathroom but get their parents instead.

5) WE ALWAYS NEED DONATIONS for the shelter and our program for this is run on doantions only. NEED play doh, games, basketballs, footballs, arts and crafts projects, toddler toys, race car sets and play tents.

FOR THE SHELTER All clothes, towels, sheets, blankets, shoes, toiletries. Washed fruit and fruit juice packs are nice to bring also.

Signing up or coming to the shelter as a volunteer for the Phoenix Philanthroists acknowledges that you release UMOM Shelters and The Phoenix Philanthropists from any and all liabilities concerning your participation in this activity including your children and guests. Random backgroud checks are conducted.

Please follow the map details from the link under Location at the top of the event info.

Thanks for all you do!

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  • Jim


    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Mark

    A chance to make a small difference in a child's life. Thanks to Lorraine for organizing this!

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Thank you Mark for all of your help and for helping this program continue to make a small difference in children's lives.

      March 2, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi again Lorraine - also wanted to let you know that Emma and Hannah are working on a project this weekend to make flyers and post them around our community mailboxes for new or gently used donations for the Watkins shelter - directly to us. We'll have a drop off and pick-up option and they'll be coordinating that (with a little help from me).

    1 · March 1, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      include toys if you can.....I can bring a load also...gret idea!

      March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had some unforeseen family challenges and will not be able tonight as I had hoped but I plan on being there next week. I'm so sorry!

    March 1, 2013

  • Sue

    Hi Lorraine! Hope you're feeling much better. I have yet another bad cold that came on last night. Tough winter for me. So sorry. The girls and I will be back next week without fail and look forward to seeing you all. We really miss it!

    March 1, 2013

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