Giving back is extremely important and something that we at Shea Homes take pride in doing. Shea Homes Arizona recently teamed up with UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. and HandsOn Greater Phoenix and threw a birthday bash that will never be forgotten. The bash focused on giving homeless families living in the Watkins shelter a special celebration. Held at the Watkins Emergency Shelter, this event was for 20-30 kids and their families. The kids enjoyed games, music, face painting, snacks and birthday cake!
Our entire Shea Community Representative team came out to celebrate!
“It’s not that uncommon in this day and age where people run into some personal or financial difficulty and find themselves displaced from their homes,” said Michael Floor, the Shea Homes Community Representative who organized the event. “It was rewarding to be a part of their day to cut loose and have some fun.”
The Watkins Emergency Shelter has served over 2,000 women and 329 families all across Phoenix. About 80 percent of those individuals have a past of violence or sexual abuse. The goal of the event was to bring hope to a healing community. Watkins is managed and operated by UMOM, which is the largest shelter for homeless families in the state of Arizona. UMOM’s goal is to keep families together while offering them everything they can to get them back on their feet.
Shea Homes Community Representative Mike Coffey said, “It was an awesome experience, incredibly humbling, and a great reminder of how blessed I am.”
By now most of us know that the key to Mom’s heart isn’t always a pricey gift. More often than not there are other ways we can honor our Moms that mean so much more than 15 minutes spent in a department store. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started.
First, figure out what makes your mom feel special and loved. A good place to start is thinking about how she likes to celebrate, encourage and show you love.
Does she always write long notes in her cards or leave a long voicemail on your birthday? Chances are, caring words mean a lot to her and maybe a handwritten letter would send her over the moon. If you’re not sure what to write or how to start, here are some tips for writing a great heartfelt letter to Mom.
Does she love to linger and chat or give gifts that include spending lots of time together? If quality time together is how she chooses to show love, then she probably would love for you to give her the gift of your time. Here are some ideas you can try: find an item on her bucket list you can cross off together, schedule a spa day together, try out a new restaurant together, or pick out a book to read and get coffee to talk about it when you finish.
Remember when you were a kid and your mom was always thrilled when you brought her little drawings and crafts because you made them for her? Keep in mind she is still the same mom today. Whether you get a more traditional gift this year or try something new, your mom is sure to love anything with a little thought and effort behind it.
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