UNITED METHODIST FAMILY SERVICES
WHAT IS UMFS?
United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) is a nonprofit organization based in Richmond with locations throughout Virginia. UMFS champions high-risk children and their families. The organization receives voluntary support from many United Methodist congregations including Reveille in the form of prayers, presence, gifts, and volunteering.
UMFS SENIORS ARE ENJOYING THEIR GIFTS!
Recently Reveille donated a Kindle to each graduating senior at UMFS instead of holding a prom this year (see story below). One parent shared this note of gratitude with Lisa Nicoll of UMFS. “Thank you for the Kindle, it couldn’t have come at a better time. We just have installed Atlantic Broadband and our daughter was so excited! You should have seen her reaction! She has been using it ever since to ask Alexa to play songs she loves from the 80s. Thank you for a wonderful gifts!” – Contributed by Stephany Vivadelli
A SPECIAL END TO THE UMFS SCHOOL YEAR
Reveille’s UMFS ministry typically ends the school year with a very special prom, but that was not an option this year. Instead, Reveille will sponsor field day at UMFS in May and provide a catered pasta dinner and cupcakes.
In the past few years, Reveille has also provided attire for the senior UMFS graduates to wear to the prom and this was an outfit they could keep for other special occasions. Since the prom will not be held this year, the funds for attire will be repurposed to provide each graduating senior with a new Kindle Fire, allowing them access to books, continued learning, and other online resources. – Contributed by Stephany Vivadelli
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
As a partner church, Reveille promotes the need for foster and adoptive families. We respond to the need for tangible donations such as clothing and personal items and through fellowship activities. For more information about Reveille’s UMFS ministry, contact Brenda Humphreys or Stephany Vivadelli.
WHAT IS OPEN TABLE?
Open Table trains congregation members to form communities called tables. These groups of 10-12 individuals can transform their own vocational and life experiences into tools that our brothers and sisters in poverty can use to develop and implement plans that create lasting change. To learn more about joining the UMFS Open Table Ministry, contact Ellie Speer or Miriam McAtee.