INTERN’S CORNER

Grace and Giving Back

Dylan Carter, Summer 500 Intern

08 July 2016

Part of my Summer 500 internship here at Union Mission is spending time working with all of Union Mission’s programs. Two weeks ago, I had the chance to work at Grace House, helping the staff meet the needs of their clients. I learned a lot about all three Emergency Services programs: Magdalene Project; Grace House; and Beyond Grace.

One thing I learned is how many different types of people are helped by Union Mission every week. Grace House helps single men who are homeless but Magdalene Project is much different because it only provides service to a single mother with children. Beyond Grace is a transitional housing program which means men who have been helped by Grace House and need additional time after the 90 day Grace House program to find stable housing can transition to Beyond Grace. While they live in Beyond Grace, they maintain stable employment and continue to meet with the case coordinators who assist them in working on the issues that led to their homelessness.

Dylan Carter, Summer 500 Intern

Photograph by Maggie Lynn

One of the jobs I assisted with while I was at Grace House was giving clients their mail. Providing a mailing address for people who are homeless is important because they need a safe place to receive vital documents, like social security cards, and because it helps them as they look for work or reconnect with their families.

“I feel like the Emergency Services programs really represent what Union Mission is all about – they really reach out a helping hand to those who are working to leave their homelessness behind. ”

I also was able to assist with client intakes. After receiving the client’s permission, the case coordinators taught me about how a client enters the Union Mission Emergency Services programs. An intake is the process in which the case coordinator learns all about the issues that led to the client’s homelessness. The intake covers a lot of topics such as mental health, physical health, and employment status.

I feel like the Emergency Services program really represents what Union Mission is all about – they reach out a helping hand to those who are working to leave their homelessness behind. I had a wonderful experience working with the Grace House staff and I’m so glad I got a chance to learn more about how Union Mission is helping here in Savannah.

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