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About Us

UMMA is a nonprofit organization that guides our neighbors towards financial security and sufficiency through a comprehensive approach. Our services include educational classes, a food pantry, job readiness programs, and support in achieving self-sufficiency. When someone visits UMMA for the first time, they begin at the intake stage, where we collect basic information and identify immediate needs, including those related to affordable housing.

Our holistic approach supports individuals in mapping a plan towards self-sufficiency, which often encompasses job placement and housing. Along this journey, we provide essential support such as food, toiletries, and access to education and training opportunities that act as a foundation for their future success.


Our mission is to empower and unite all people with resources and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency by providing access to basic needs, education, career services, and affordable housing.


UMMA envisions a world where all people have the opportunity to live a life free from poverty.



Our Story

Founded by Muslims in Lake County, IL, UMMA opened its doors in June 2004 in a facility located in the heart of downtown Waukegan. It quickly became a beacon of hope, serving as one of the few centers in the area dedicated to serving low-income individuals of every race, ethnicity, and religion who seek education as a means to enhance their lives. Over the span of nineteen years, UMMA has grown to offer an array of services that empower many community members towards greater self-sufficiency in their pursuit of the American Dream.

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