UNION MISSION’S NEW MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES.

Michael Traynor | Board Chair

CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN

UNION MISSION’S NEW MISSION, VISION, VALUES

 

In my last Chairman’s Column, I referenced the importance of an  organization-even  as established (1937) as Union Mission (UMI) – taking inventory and revisiting the elements of their Mission/Vision/ Strategic Plan. Since there is much wisdom in the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, here is Union Mission’s Strategic Plan presented in a Venn Diagram.

You see  the  intersection  of  “What  UMI is Deeply Passionate About”, “How UMI Utilizes Its Resource Engine” and “Where UMI Is Best in Class”. Union Mission is an aspirational organization focused on how to be Great, not just Good. However, a key component of Great, is to remain focused with piercing clarity on how to produce the best long term results for the Savannah Community, while concurrently exercising discipline/restraint in not dabbling in areas not a core competency.

In summary, UMI’s Mission/Vision is to provide a hand up to clients with the epiphany and desire to PARTNER with us in our 90 Day Program of  housing and supportive services. The Resource Engine that fuels  success  is  UMI’s  ability to attract the right people (5 Cs)  as employees who then enhance our culture/reputation/brand/leadership thus generating emotional goodwill in the Savannah Community. If Union Mission can concurrently maintain a sustainable business model via managing expenses/ generating revenue, our sustained cash flow will allow us to have substantial impact, even a GREAT IMPACT in Savannah while helping so many.

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.

 

Together, We Can Change Lives

David Paddison | Board Chair

CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN

THANK YOU FOR CHANGING LIVES IN OUR COMMUNITY

With news that homelessness is on the rise in our community, it can be hard to see how the support of one person can make a difference. The problem seems vast and it’s difficult to see how the resources of one person can truly make a difference. But when we all work together, our whole community is changed.

Every day at Union Mission, the lives of the homeless and hurting are transformed, thanks to your generous support. For 80 years, Union Mission has provided a hand up out of homelessness because individuals and businesses across Savannah have committed to sharing hope with those struggling to leave homelessness behind. Your help makes change possible for people just like Shane, by helping to provide the programs and supportive services that transform a life of dependence into one of dignity.

To continue to shine the light of hope, Union Mission must raise over $700,000 in donations each year to secure the match needed for nearly $2 million in grants and contract funding provided by private foundations, state, local, and federal agencies. Your donations enable Union Mission to provide emergency shelter, food, mental health care, and workforce development training to help clients permanent end their homelessness.

Thank you again for being a source of hope to those still struggling here in our community. Your investment in Union Mission means a future of change for those we serve and a brighter future for our whole community. Through collaboration with community partners and with the support of donors like you, Union Mission continues to be a place where lives can be rebuilt.

 

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