TAKING INVENTORY OF ITS MISSION, VISION, VALUES.

 

Michael Traynor | Board Chair

 

CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN
 

TAKING INVENTORY OF ITS MISSION, VISION, VALUES

 

 

It is healthy for an organization, regardless of how established, to take a step back, pause, and take inventory of its mission, vision, values and community impact.
Union Mission, its staff and board, did just that in 2018. Out of this thoughtful reflection was revealed a new line of sight. The Strategic Planning Committee of Union Mission is a compilation of Board, Staff and Community Leaders. The Committee was chaired by Pat Monahan (Governomics) and included Pat Youngquist (Executive Director), Mark Toth (Director Strategy & Development), Josua Rine (Director of Operations), Gaye Reese (United Community Bank), Terry Enoch (SCCPSS), and Philip Solomons (Past UMI Chair/Community Volunteer).
At the heart of this committee’s conversation was the overly pragmatic nature of the previous mission “To Prevent and End Homelessness”. Is this achievable? Was there a more effective way to frame and communicate Union Mission’s “Sweet Spot”? The answer was yes and this led to Union Mission’s new Mission, Vision and Values Statements.

 

 


MISSION/ VISION/ VALUES

MISSION: Partnering with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services.

VISION: To be the partner of choice to those seeking to move from homelessness to stable housing.

VALUES: Encouraging faith and restoring hope through a caring and compassionate partnership where people can thrive and lives can be rebuilt.


 

 

Union Mission utilizes temporary, transitional and permanent supportive housing as the portal from which we deliver a robust blend of client centric supportive services. Our work is conducted when the homeless determine it is time to change their life. When they determine they need a partner to move from homelessness to stable housing, Union Mission is there as that partner. We will do so in a fashion consistent with our values.

Union Mission is about a hand up, not a hand out, the client “Epiphany” is critically important to our Mission and their success. It begins with a 90 day program that leads the homeless to employment, stable housing and a hopeful future.

 

Raising Hope: Keynote Speaker

Raising Hope: Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Richard J. Berry, former mayor of Albuquerque, NM

Initiator of “There’s a Better Way” to end homelessness

NEWS

RICHARD BERRY TO KEYNOTE

Keynote speaker for Raising Hope, Richard Berry, brings to Savannah years of experience and success implementing innovative strategies to reduce homelessness.

As two-term mayor of Albuquerque, Mr. Berry advanced initiatives to provide daily work and housing for the homeless, programs he respectively named “There’s A Better Way” and “Albuquerque Heading Home.” Mr. Berry’s TedxTalk on the subject of homelessness has received over 1.1 million views..

During his time as mayor, Mr. Berry served as chairman of the US Conference of Mayors Metro Economies Committee and as chairman of the Community Leaders of America (CLA). Before being elected as Mayor of Albuquerque, Mr. Berry also served in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

ABOUT RAISING HOPE: Scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Raising Hope is chaired by Ginna Carroll. Attracting over 300 business and community leaders, Raising Hope is Union Mission’s largest fundraiser, providing support for short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, culinary job training and much more. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Mark Toth, Director of Strategy & Development, at 248-770-3933 or Mtoth@unionmission.org.

 

Raising Hope: Honoring a Local Legacy

Raising Hope: Honoring a Local Legacy

Event Honorees: Don and Kaye Kole

NEWS

DON AND KAYE KOLE TO BE HONORED AT UNION MISSION’S 4TH ANNUAL FUNDRAISER

The Koles’ involvement with Union Mission spans nearly three decades. In 2007, the Don & Kaye Kole Center was established to provide those experiencing homelessness with a place of refuge. The center (now serving as the Magdalene Project) currently provides emergency accommodations to homeless women and their children.

In addition to be being a past chairman of Union Mission’s board of directors, Mr. Kole has served in leadership roles of numerous well-respected Savannah non-profits including The Armstrong Foundation, Candler Hospital Foundation, Georgia Historical Society, Hospice Savannah, Jewish Educational Alliance, King-Tisdell Museum, Savannah Jewish Federation and the United Way of the Coastal Empire.

Mrs. Kole, a former librarian, founded the Savannah Jewish Archives and authored several books on the Jewish community of Savannah. She is an active member of the Georgia Historical Society, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Savannah Area Genealogical Association, and the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Live Oak Public Libraries named the Kaye Kole Genealogy & Local History Room in her honor.

“The Kole’s involvement with Union Mission
spans nearly three decades.”

Since marrying in 1955, Mr. Kole, a graduate of Boston University and a U.S. Army veteran, and Mrs. Kole, a Savannah native and graduate of Armstrong State University, have devoted themselves to family, community and commerce. Please help us honor these transformational members of our community on May 9th.

ABOUT RAISING HOPE: Scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Savannah, Raising Hope is chaired by Ginna Carroll. Attracting over 300 business and community leaders, Raising Hope is Union Mission’s largest fundraiser, providing support for short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, culinary job training and much more. For sponsorship or ticket information, contact Mark Toth, Director of Strategy & Development, at 248-770-3933 or Mtoth@unionmission.org.

 

Giving Thanks To You: A Year-End Review

Giving Thanks To You: A Year-End Review

YEAR-END REVIEW

Chef Jamar Pryor, from The Landings Club, demonstrating culinary skills.

Article & Photographs by Emily Bressler
Giving Thanks to You!

It is hard to believe that another year has already come and gone. Thankfully, because of our generous donors and supporters in
the community, Union Mission has had another remarkable year. Our holiday Toy Shop event made it possible to provide Christmas toys to over 60 families in our program. That’s over 135 kids! It was a wonderful way to finish 2018 and it would not have been possible without your help.

Your support has helped us to provide more than just Christmas gifts to children this past holiday season. The monetary donations and charitable items we have received throughout the year allowed for Union Mission to house 286 men, women, and children in our emergency shelter and 277 men, women, and children in our permanent supportive housing programs.

“Thank you for helping us to give hope to people that are in dire need of a helping hand.”

Union Mission is a source of hope for individuals and families that are experiencing homelessness. We are so much more than a shelter that provides hot meals and a warm place to stay. We also provide job training through our Culinary Arts Training Program and mental health counseling to those in need. We give people an opportunity to change their lives for the better. In 2018, we had 18 individuals complete the 8-week culinary training course.
The services that Union Mission provides to the clients in our programs would not be possible without your continued support. Thank you for helping us to give hope to people in need of a helping hand. Your help enables Union Mission to continue to support the homeless individuals and families that live in Savannah in 2019.

Union Mission would not be able to provide all the resources without the support from our community, donors, and volunteers. Thank you for allowing Union Mission to partner with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services. 

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THANK YOU DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND COMMUNITY

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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THANK YOU DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND COMMUNITY

Thank you to everyone that helped make 2018 a success. Your generosity and community service has allowed Union Mission to partner with Savannah’s homeless to help them find housing and an improved quality of life. With your assistance, we were able to serve 286 people through our Emergency Services Program and continue to house 277 people in our Permanent Supportive Housing programs.

Because of you, the individuals and families we served during 2018 were able to come to Union Mission and receive a handup instead of a hand-out. Many of our clients found or maintained meaningful employment. This enabled 257 of the people we served to either find or maintain stable housing arrangements upon their departure from our programs. Union Mission also provided clinical mental health services to 132 homeless and low-income members of the community over the course of 1,550 individual sessions. These life changing services would not be possible without your support.

Again, thank you to our donors, volunteers, and the community for an incredibly productive 2018. We at Union Mission look forward to 2019 as we continue, together with the community, partnering with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services.

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