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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 (no stuffed animals for they spread lice.)

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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  • Melanie

    Had a great time with the kids once they started rolling in around 6:30. Thanks again for the opportunity to connect with them and for checking for Tony and I outside with the rest of the kids before leaving the facility! We played with some great basketball players out there tonight :-)

    February 1, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      Thank you Melanie for being so amazing with these lovely children!

      1 · February 2, 2013

    • Melanie

      My pleasure. I enjoy the time with them and feel it to be rewarding :-)

      February 4, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Thank you to all the amazing volunteers that keep this program happening and continue to bring smiles to these amazing childrens faces!

    1 · February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Actually, I was really surprised there was so little going on when I arrived. I wasn't able to stay but I brought a stack of games and toys. It seems a bit unorganized and lack luster.

    February 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I've been involved in settings like this for many years. I'm sure it was just an off night.

      February 1, 2013

    • Lorraine Louglas P.

      I do hope you come Lisa and actually stay and engage the children. As a teacher and UMOM Lead I am there to promote choice, speech development, fine and gross motor coordination and meaningful interaction so that children know we care. A simple activity like play doh can address speech, fine motor coordination and caring. So although it may appear lackluster, a lot is happening and the love the volunteers give these children on a continuous basis is making a small difference in their difficult lives.

      2 · February 2, 2013

  • Lorraine Louglas P.

    Needed...Toddler toys!

    January 27, 2013

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