Union Mission Purchases New Building
Union Mission Shelter Closes
July 28, 1966: The Union Mission shelter at 415 West Liberty Street is damaged in a fire. Shelter operations close and support is redirected to other Union Mission programs.
Union Mission Expands Transitional Housing
March 1995: Union Mission assumes management of Hacienda House, a transitional housing facility for women leaving in-patient substance abuse treatment programs.
Employment & Training Center Opens
May 1998: Union Mission expands employment and training programs, taking them out of the shelter and moving to a separate facility. The new Employment & Training Center is located at 111 West Congress.
J.C. Lewis Dental Care Clinic Opens
October 1999: J.C. Lewis Dental Care Clinic opens to provide dental services to the homeless as part of Union Mission’s broad approach to ending homelessness in Savannah.
Culinary Arts Training Program Begins
Union Mission opens Prison Re-Entry Program at Grace House
April 2006: Union Mission begins Prison Reentry Program with the awarding of a $200,000 state grant. This program is aimed at assisting returning citizens as they reintegrate into the community.
Don and Kaye Kole Center for Women Opens
April 2007: Union Mission opens the Dan and Kaye Kole Center for Women in the former Montessori school to house women with disabilities.
Counseling Center Opens
July 2007: Union Mission opens Counseling Center on Fahm Street to provide mental and behavioral health care. The program serves the whole community, offering a sliding fee scale to those whole qualify.
Dutchtown Campus Apartments Open
January 2010: Union Mission opens Dutchtown Campus Apartments to provide permanent supportive housing to chronically homeless individuals with qualifying disabilities.
J.C. Lewis Health Clinic Becomes Independent Organization
January 2011: J.C. Lewis Healthcare Center leaves Union Mission umbrella to become its own separate corporation. This allows the Center to qualify for more government grants and provide a larger range of services.
Inaugural Prayer Breakfast
November 2015: Union Mission holds Inaugural Prayer Breakfast to bring together Savannah’s faith community to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness in Savannah.This event is held as part of National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.
Employment Training & Counseling Program Begins
July 2016: Union Mission transforms the Employment & Training Center, adding in supportive services to address crucial work readiness challenges. The new program, the Employment Training & Counseling program, serves clients who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
Starfish Catering Opens
May 2017: Revitalizing the Starfish brand after the close of the cafe, Union Mission begins Starfish Catering, a social enterprise which provides hands-on training to Culinary Arts students and supports the work of Union Mission.