The Mission of the Month in August is UMAR/Group Homes. UMAR is an agency that is dedicated to promoting community inclusion, independence and growth for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through residential, vocational and cultural enrichment opportunities. The organization was started in 1983 by Rev. Dr. Bob Pitzer. He wanted parents of special needs adults to have their children in a home-like atmosphere and not live in an institution. He wanted them to have opportunities to work and to show their artistic abilities.
There are a group of us at the church that visit the men and ladies UMAR homes that are in the area We do crafts, sing songs, play games and enjoy talking with each other. We usually go once a month to visit the men and once a month to visit the ladies. Sometimes we could not visit because of COVID, but this year was definitely better than the last two years. We did have a cookout last fall at Oak Ridge Town Park!
Any amount that you can give to this wonderful ministry would be greatly appreciated. In the memo of the check to ORUMC, write UMAR/Group Homes. You can also donate online.
This ministry is so very special to me and to those serving in this ministry. We love the special needs adults. They show such unconditional love and the love of Jesus shines from them. Please let me know if you would like to be part of this ministry. We would love others to go visit the UMAR homes in the area. I guarantee that you will be blessed!