Do I have to be a member of a religion or faith group to use MUM services? No. MUM is an interfaith, nonprofit agency dedicated to social justice. People of any religious belief are welcome. People who practice no formal religion, and people who are freethinkers and atheists also are members and supporters of MUM.
Does MUM charge a fee for services? In general, no. There is no charge to help clients link to community services. MUM may charge speaker or program fees for some of our programs or consultations.
What kind of ministry work does MUM do? MUM is dedicated to social justice. MUM provides re-entry services and referrals to assist former prisoners with transition from incarceration to community. MUM works toward affordable housing and an end to homelessness. MUM advocates for public policies that meet basic needs for marginalized and vulnerable groups. MUM supports social and economic inclusion of all people regardless of religious belief, gender/gender identity/gender orientation, race, nationality, ability, income, ethnic background or conviction record.
What services does MUM offer? MUM holds monthly service fairs and provides caseworkers to link formerly incarcerated people to community resources. MUM matches returnees to Circles of Support conducted by volunteers who meet weekly with the former prisoner to help with transition from prison to community. MUM also matches adult mentors to children in families impacted by incarceration, and MUM transports children to visit their incarcerated mothers. MUM operates a books-on-video service to provide children of incarcerated parents with books and with a video of their parent reading that book to the child. As a 2-1-1 Plus site of the United Way, MUM assists the general public with referrals to community services.
Can MUM send a speaker to my congregation, agency or class? Yes. MUM can arrange to send speakers to make presentations and meet with congregations, agencies, business and professional groups, and students. For some engagements, an honorarium or speaker fee may be requested.
Can my group reserve a meeting room through MUM? MUM does not control public meeting space in our building or neighborhood. MUM can reserve a room when MUM is a co-sponsor for an event or meeting held in partnership with another agency or group.
How does a former prisoner get help from MUM? Attend an Orientation Session. The sessions are held on a drop-in basis every Tuesday and Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. in the MUM office. Also attend a Re-Entry Service Fair to learn about MUM services. Fairs are held monthly on fourth Tuesdays, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., in the Villager Community Room. Contact the MUM office if these days and times are not possible.
Can MUM help me with my legal case? No. MUM does not provide legal advice or services. MUM can refer clients to legal services in the community.
Does MUM give loans to people? MUM does not grant loans. MUM does have a very limited micro-loan service for clients who are active in a MUM program.
Can MUM help me get an apartment? MUM does not operate rental property. MUM can refer clients to landlords and/or to sources that may be able to help secure housing.
Can I get free bus passes at MUM? A limited supply of bus passes is available only to clients who are actively enrolled in a MUM program.
Does MUM operate a community food pantry? No. MUM only has an emergency mini-pantry to assist newly released prisoners for a day or two until they can reach local meal and pantry sites and/or get their food stamp card.
Is MUM part of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections? No. MUM is not a correctional agency.
Can MUM pay for my prescriptions for medicine? No. MUM can refer clients to agencies that may be able to assist with prescription payments.
Can MUM help me pay for car repairs or gas? No.
Do I have to be formerly incarcerated to get help at MUM? No. MUM offers referral assistance to members of the general public as well as to former prisoners. The majority of MUM’s clients are formerly incarcerated people.
How do I donate to MUM?
Is my donation to MUM tax deductible? Yes. MUM is a registered, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible.
Can I donate used furniture or clothing to MUM? In general, no. MUM prefers that donations be made to agencies that specialize in re-distribution and resale of used items. MUM refers clients to these agencies. If in doubt about a particular item, please contact the MUM office.
Can I donate used toys and books to MUM? No. All toys and books must be new. MUM holds an annual holiday toy drive each fall and MUM has a “books on video” program for parents in prison. (Sometimes MUM can accept like-new items, but such donations must be approved in advance after making an appointment with MUM program staff.) Please inquire if you would like to donate new or like-new toys or books.
How do I become a MUM volunteer? Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Madison-area Urban Ministry. If interested, we encourage you to attend a monthly Volunteer Information Session, held on the first Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. in the MUM office. R.S.V.P. appreciated, but not required. (Note that sessions are not held if a first Tuesday falls on a holiday or if weather conditions do not permit travel.) If attending a session is not possible for you, contact Shawna Lutzow at Shawna@emum.org .
Does MUM have internships? Yes. MUM has a limited number of unpaid student internships that are offered in partnership with local colleges. MUM also has supervised workers placed via the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. If interested, please contact the MUM office.
Can people who have no experience with prisons volunteer for Circles of Support or become a mentor? Yes. MUM offers training and procedural guidelines for volunteers so they can join a Circle of Support or serve as a mentor. Background checks are required of mentors.