For assistance with food, rent, or medicine, call the UCM Main Office at 703.768.7106, weekdays 9 am - 5 pm.
Free Financial Counseling Clinics
UCM hosts monthly financial counseling clinics for one-on-one sessions; you need not be a UCM client to participate, and all income levels are welcome. These are held at UCM Main Office at 7511 Fordson Rd., on the second Wednesday evening of most months. In collaboration with our partner Britepaths
(formerly Our Daily Bread), trained pro bono financial planners provide a one-on-one session, including free credit report with analysis and action plan. An appointment is required for the evening sessions.
Note: the clinic does not operate in summer months. Sessions resume in September 2017.
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For more information or to reserve a space at a clinic, contact Rogelia Campos at email@example.com
Monthly Free Veggies Distribution
In partnership with Capital Area Food Bank, UCM hosts a free distribution of fresh seasonal produce, typically on the fourth Saturday of the month (call to confirm at 703.768.7106). Distribution starts at 8 am, until 11 am (or earlier if the items are all taken); plan to arrive early. Recipients do not need to be a UCM client, prove need, or show identification. Please bring grocery bags.
"It was really scary when my Mom was so worried about how to pay all the bills and keep our apartment," Julia told her family's UCM counselor. "My Mom said we'd have to move, and I would need to change schools. I didn't want to leave my school and my friends. It was hard for me and my sister to concentrate at school, especially when we were hungry, which was a lot of the time. But now we're doing great because UCM helped my family when we really needed it. My Mom has a new job she likes, and she smiles more. That makes me smile too." - Julia, age 10
Every child like Julia deserves food to eat and a safe place to call home. Julia’s mother Rita was desperate when the eviction notice came. When Rita came to UCM, her family was on the brink of homelessness after she lost her job, and her part-time job simply could not cover the rent. Her daughters, Julia age 10 and Amanda age 6, were struggling too. Thanks to help from UCM, the whole famly is moving forward with a positive attitude -- and smiling like young Julia. Read their story >>
UCM's Stepping Stones program (formerly called Basic Needs) provides critical supportive services to vulnerable families like Julia and her mother, who are in financial crisis and need emergency assistance. After a client assessment and a counseling session, families in their time of need may obtain emergency food, assistance to prevent eviction and utility cut-off, as well as prescription drug assistance.
The UCM Cynthia Hull Food Pantry -- named in memory of our executive director who dies in 2012 -- employs the client-choice model, serving an average 80-100 families each weekday with supplemental groceries. (We appreciate donations of non-perishable food items: learn how you can donate food or host a food drive.)
With the help of our caring counselors, families can and do avoid eviction to remain in their homes, parents can feed their families, health outcomes are strengthened, and families receive referrals to other needed services, either offered by UCM or local social service providers.
For people who need emergency assistance to stay in their home or have other critical needs impacting their daily life and functioning, UCM prevents homelessness and provides critical supports to desperately poor individuals and families.
Outcomes and Results:
In a typical 12-month period:
Read about how UCM helped Pamela through difficult times.