THANK YOU FOR BEING A HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW.

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

Each year, hundreds of men, women, and children come to Union Mission looking for a beacon to light their way to a new life. Here they find safe beds, hot food, and the help they need to rebuild their lives. Many of them tell us that we are the first place that truly gave them a hand up out of homelessness and into a better tomorrow.

Thanks to your generosity, Union Mission has been able to offer hope to people in need for 81 years.

We have grown significantly from our opening in 1937. Reverend George Akins, the founder of Union Mission, would not be able to fathom the expansion of his soup kitchen. Today, Union Mission provides emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, behavioral health services, support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and employment and educational services.

Our programs allow for individuals and families to access tools that are essential to lifting themselves out of homelessness and toward a better tomorrow.

The services we provide empower the people in our community with hope for a better future; a future that includes happinesses and success.

We instill hope that one day they will be able to utilize the skills they learn in our Culinary Arts Training Program in a brilliant future career. We inspire hope that one day they will be able to give back to their community just as you gave to them.

Thank you for gifting us the opportunity to provide hope to those who at times have felt so hopeless.

You Are A Bright Light of Hope

You Are A Bright Light of Hope

Pat Youngquist | Interim Executive Director

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YOU ARE A BRIGHT LIGHT HOPE

Each year, hundreds of men, women, and children come to Union Mission looking for a beacon to light their way to a new life. Here they find safe beds, hot food, and the help they need to rebuild their lives. Many of them tell us that we are the first place that truly gave them a hand up out of homelessness and into a better tomorrow.

I’m so humbled when I hear these men and women express their gratitude for the helping hand they received at Union Mission. Their thanks, and ours, belong to you. Your continued support for Union Mission makes it possible for us to keep that light of hope burning for those working to leave homelessness behind.

Your gift to Union Mission builds a brighter future for so many, right here in our community. In the first six months of this year, 120 people have left homelessness behind for safe, stable housing, thanks to the help they found at Union Mission. Those are 120 lives, touched by your generosity. The support of donors, volunteers, and community partners makes change possible here at Union Mission and we are grateful for your investment in the work of ending homelessness in our community.

Thank you for being a bright light of hope and allowing Union Mission to serve those working to end their homelessness for good.

Thank You for Making a Second Chance Possible

Pat Youngquist | Interim Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COLUMN

THANK YOU FOR MAKING A SECOND CHANCE POSSIBLE

Thank you to everyone who helped make Raising Hope such a successful event in April. Your generosity provided of $100,000 of support to Union Mission.

When we talk about Raising Hope, we are talking about something that is at the core of what we do. We provide hope for those who are feeling hopeless. Homelessness and hopeless can be synonymous. Hope is something that can be hard to find on the streets. Mental illness, domestic abuse, family tragedy, job loss, and the struggles of addiction can sap hope from even the strongest hearts.

Your investment in Union Mission means we can provide hope in tangible ways. In 2016, your gifts helped to provide 28,103 nights of shelter to 474 men, women, and children. It helped provide 84,309 meals. And it helped 326 people find jobs – 94% of those jobs were above minimum wage.

By providing these services to people in need, we are providing hope and a message that our community cares. Your support of Union Mission translates into job placement, workforce development training through our Culinary Arts Program, and community-based mental health care for those with nowhere else to turn. Your help is work to address the underlying causes of homelessness in our community.

Thank you for sharing help and hope with those most in need through your support of Union Mission.