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Not just peas, it's promise
21 Apr

Not just peas, it's promise

Heather has fond memories of gardening with her mother as a little girl—particularly of the fabulous, fresh veggies she got to eat when their work was drawing to a close. Recently, Heather decided to take advantage of MOM’s Food Pantry Gardens to recreate the gardening experience for her sons. The gardens helped the family enjoy freshly grown peas and other healthy vegetables to eat. It also offered them the promise of community and a path to a better life.

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Not just an orange, an opportunity
21 Apr

Not just an orange, an opportunity

Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. MOM helped them get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offered them the opportunity to get a new start.

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Not just a can, it's courage
21 Apr

Not just a can, it's courage

When Janet’s husband passed away, it was hard not to let fear take over. In her 70s and now widowed, Janet didn’t know how she was going to make ends meet. Janet felt alone. Coming to MOM helped Janet fill her pantry with a supply of canned goods and helped her connect with neighbors who could help with a few chores. It also gave her the courage she needed to make it through difficult times.

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Not just socks, it's success
21 Apr

Not just socks, it's success

Three years ago, when Hannah arrived at MOM for her first appointment with a case manager, things weren’t going well. If she didn’t make a payment soon, her utilities would be shut off. Hannah knew MOM had a food pantry and clothing center. She hoped she could leave with some bread, milk and maybe warm socks for the winter so she could use her limited resources to make a payment on her utility bill. MOM helped her with those things--and provided her the turning point she needed to be successful.

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Not just a carrot, it's confidence
21 Apr

Not just a carrot, it's confidence

When Carol unexpectedly lost her job, MOM helped her pay her utility bills and provided her with some monetary assistance to pay rent and avoid eviction. Carol was also able to bring home carrots, cheese and cereal from MOM's food pantry to feed her family during that stressful time. After a year of unemployment, Carol now has a full-time, managerial position in Madison at a biotech company that pays well and enables her to once again feel confident about herself and her future.

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Not just a radish, it's resilience
21 Apr

Not just a radish, it's resilience

Josiah had struggled with mental illness all his life, making maintaining work difficult. Without family in the area, he didn’t have much of a support network. When Josiah came to MOM, he had reached an all-time low. He was out of food, medication—and hope. At MOM, Josiah filled his grocery cart with food. With radishes in his fridge and peanut butter on his shelves, Josiah was able to re-ignite his natural resilience and plot a path out of the dark place he had found himself in.

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Not just an avocado, it's advocacy
21 Apr

Not just an avocado, it's advocacy

A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full-time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment. She had a Section 8 voucher to help pay for her housing, and she felt like she was on the road to stability. But when her daycare plans fell through, she missed several days of work—and lost her job. She soon fell behind on rent. When her apartment management started the eviction process, Brenda was scared. She didn’t know where to turn. Then she found out about MOM. MOM helped her spaghetti, avocados, school supplies for her kids--and an advocate to help negotiate with her landlord.

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MOM's Housing Programs Intervene Before Evictions Strike
14 Mar

MOM's Housing Programs Intervene Before Evictions Strike

MOM's Stable Housing program is designed to assist vulnerable families, helping them to proactively plan for future financial hardships before they receive an eviction notice and to offer additional assistance to households already facing eviction. In addition to financial grants, MOM's Stable Housing Program provides employment and budget counseling; referrals; advocacy, landlord negotiation, and rent reconciliation plans. Your support helps MOM’s Stable Housing programs prevent eviction and keep families and their children secure in their homes.

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Making a Difference for Families in Crisis
12 Mar

Making a Difference for Families in Crisis

“I can’t tell you how often MOM is on my mind and how much I appreciated the help you gave me at one of the worst times of my life. It’s really tough on the psyche when you literally don’t have even one thing in your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator.” These are the words we recently heard from Carol, a former client of MOM. Read Carol's story here.

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MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families
20 Jan

MOM’s Food Pantry: A Saving Grace for Families

Parents want their kids to feel safe, happy and loved. They want to make sure they always have their basic needs met. So imagine what it feels like to not know if you’ll have enough money at the end of the month to buy food for your kids. Imagine what it feels like to worry that your children are going to go hungry. That was a very real worry to Shannon—until she found MOM. Here’s Shannon’s experience.

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