Social Services Division
UMOS SOCIAL SERVICES DIVISION…PEOPLE-FOCUSED
LATINA RESOURCE CENTER: PROVIDING RESOURCES TO REBUILD
The UMOS Latina Resource Center has grown in scope, staff, depth and will soon have a new home. The Center and staff has moved to 2701 South Chase Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the UMOS corporate headquarters, job center, TechHire program and Health Promotions.
UMOS Wisconsin Regional Anti-Trafficking Program Staff’s overview and explanations of the intersections of labor and sex trafficking allowed webinar participants to see how closely the two are connected.
SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM AND SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:
- 251 victims of sexually assault received advocacy and/or supportive services.
- 536 victims of domestic violence received advocacy and/or supportive services.
- Received 250 crisis calls
- 100 children were provided with resources and services through Mi Arco Iris Children Who Witness Domestic Violence
- 200 survivors completed the Adult & Children Together parenting program.
- 200 middle school youth completed Safe Dates: Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program.
- Reached over 2,000 individuals through domestic violence, dating violence & sexual assault outreach activities and community presentations.
Wisconsin Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Project
Wisconsin Regional Anti-Human Trafficking Project
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PROGRAM AND SERVICES HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED:
- 631 professionals, including law enforcement, social workers, medical providers and youth workers in 15 Wisconsin cities trained on human trafficking.
- 1,185 people reached through outreach activities.
- 2,090 people participated through Look Beneath the Surface Anti-Human Trafficking public awareness campaign.
- 61 potential victims of labor and/ or sex trafficking screened.
- 27 victims of human trafficking identified and provided with resources by the Wisconsin Regional Anti-Trafficking Program (WRAP).
The UMOS Latina Resource Center Crisis Line-Available 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week (414) 389-6510, or the National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888.
What is Human Trafficking?
Sex trafficking — a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or
Labor trafficking — the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Sex trafficking indicators
• Has few or no personal possessions
• Have injuries and other signs of physical abuse and trauma
• Under 18-and providing commercial sex
• Claim to be “just visiting” an area but are unable to articulate where they are staying or to remember addresses
• New unexplained tattoos
• Is in possession of hotel/motel items
• Significantly older boyfriend
Labor trafficking indicators
• Works excessively long hours for little or no compensation
• Does not have any days off
• Is often monitored or timed during breaks
• Does not have consistent access to food, water and other basic necessities
• Is not paid, paid consistently, or promised a future payment
• Is physically assaulted or verbally and emotionally abused by controller, trafficker, or recruiter
Our Program Pillars
UMOS’ training efforts ensure that critical information around human trafficking is delivered to those responsive to victims and to those who can assist in identification and referral.
UMOS provides technical assistance to professionals and community members who may need information and expertise on a potential trafficking situation via phone, email or in person.
UMOS engages in diverse and robust outreach around the state in order to identity victims of both sex and labor trafficking.
UMOS’ Wisconsin Regional Anti-Trafficking Program regularly engages community members and provides trafficking material at a variety of events, fairs, festivals, etc.
HARM REDUCTION PROGRAMS: EXCHANGING HARMING BEHAVIOR FOR HEALTHY BEHAVIOR
We exchange unhealthy behaviors for healthy lifestyles.
NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
If it weren’t for UMOS, I wouldn’t be receiving the treatment I so desperately needed. Thank you, UMOS, for saving my life.
NEEDLE EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED
- Referred 6 clients into detox/AODA Treatment
- Provided 17 educational sessions
- Provided 25 Sharps safety containers to clients and community members.
- Provided 101 needle exchanges occurrences with clients
- Distributed 2,901 new needles and collected 1,810 used needles (62.4% return rate)
- Collected over 1,500 used syringes through our pick-up services for used syringes/needles.
UMOS STAFF PARTICIPATED IN OUTREACH EVENTS THAT INCLUDED
- Get Yourself Tested Event
- Gerald Ignace Health Fair
- PRIDEFEST Milwaukee
- National HIV testing day
- Puerto Rican Festival
- Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative Annual Summit
- HVAC Neighborhood clean-up
PROMOTING HEALTHIER BREATHING ENVIRONMENTS
Major Accomplishments included:
- The signing of a ruling for smoke free federal Housing Urban Development (HUD) housing units. All low-income HUD housing will be smoke free, including the use of other tobacco devices such as E-Cigarettes and cigars.
- Presentations by WHLTPN FACT youth members to the Employ Milwaukee Workforce Investment Board, to Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor and State Representative Jocasta Zamarripa regarding the effects of tobacco, how tobacco use and tobacco products are changing and how tobacco related issues affect the communities we serve. Over 125 members of the community also attended presentations.
- Outreach and informational materials provided at health fairs and community events to over 2,500 adults and 1,200 youth.
- Presentations specifically to over 250 women and men through other UMOS programs.
- The recruitment of 35 teens into our FACT youth component.
Other program Highlights for the year included:
- Collaboration and coordination with other tobacco programs around Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- WHLTPN FACT youth members participated in the National Kick Butt Day, providing awareness on the impact of tobacco within our neighborhoods.
- WHLTPN was able to submit 10 to 20 news stories through the network volunteers and FACT youth members. Stories were published in major daily newspaper and several local community papers.
- Acquired 5 new community partners and additional volunteers to promote smoke free outdoor spaces.
- Collaboration with the American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital and the Social Security Administration.
We have an open-door team approach. Our doors are always open when it comes to supporting customers with internal and external resources.
SMOKE FREE FIESTA
PROVIDING ASSISTANCE IN A WARM WAY
The Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) federally funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Public Benefits Energy Assistance Program are Administered by the State of Wisconsin Department of Administration. Winter temperatures in Wisconsin can get below zero and the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) helps individuals and families with heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations.
During the benefit season, UMOS Milwaukee and Kenosha County programs provide services to households to help lower the burden incurred with monthly energy costs, eligible applicants can qualify for a one-time payment to help cover a portion of their energy bills. The amount of the benefit varies based on several factors, including household income and size, as well as their heating bills. Residents may also qualify for other benefits as well to reduce their utility costs.
Please check the income guidelines below for the October 1, 2021 – May 15, 2022 season. Then, if you qualify proceed to the application process.
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Energy Assistance Application Forms
Applications may be completed and submitted online at https://energybenefit.wi.gov
Or, Home Energy Plus Application Forms may be downloaded here:
Then submitted to:
- firstname.lastname@example.org if you reside in Milwaukee County
- Molly.Calderon@umos.org if you reside in Kenosha County
Download a flyer below!
- 2021-2022 Energy Assistance Flyer (English)
- 2021-2022 Energy Assistance Flyer (Spanish)
- 2021-2022 Energy Assistance Flyer (Hmong)
- 2020-2021 Additional Services (English)
- 2020-2021 Servicios Adicionales (Espanol)
Or, visit the following county government websites:
- For residents of Milwaukee County – https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/DHHS/Housing/Energy-Assistance
- For residents of Kenosha County – https://www.kenoshacounty.org/1653/Utility-Energy-Assistance
To make an in-person appointment in Milwaukee County, call 414-270-4-MKE (414-270-4653)
Office location: 2701 South Chase Avenue (UMOS Center)
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|Tuesday||8:00 am – 5:00 p.m.|
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- For Milwaukee County no-heat emergencies on holidays, evenings, or weekends, dial 2-1-1.
UMOS’ Energy Assistance Office in Kenosha is currently closed to the public.
However, we are processing phone interviews for appointments.
Please call 262-657-2170 to schedule an appointment for a phone interview.
Please leave only one voicemail, state your name and phone number slowly and clearly! We will call you back as soon as possible.
If you have a complaint regarding your experience with the energy assistance program, please call: 414-289-6656 or email: EnergyAssistance@Milwaukeecountywi.gov and a representative will follow up with you within 48 hours.
UMOS MIDWEST HOUSING CONSORTIUM
TEMPORARY/PERMANENT HOUSING – RENTAL UNITS
PERMANENT HOUSING – HOMEOWNERSHIP EDUCATION
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
- Feeding America
- Food for the Hunger Inc.
- Emergency Food & Shelter (EFSP) Program
- Hunger Task Force
- Germantown High School
- Pepperidge Farm
- Holy Assumption
- Basilica of St. Joseph Catholic Church
- Nicolet High School
UMOS COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER: THE VIEW IS GREAT FROM VIEAU SCHOOL
WATER AND WATERFALLS
PARENTS LEADING THE WAY