Timeline

1937

Union Mission Opens Its Doors

April 20, 1937: Union Mission opens its doors to the community under the guidance of Reverend George Akins.
1941

Union Mission Purchases New Building

June 23, 1941: Union Mission begins providing services at the new building on 415 West Liberty Street. The building, originally built in 1910 as a rescue mission by the Women’s Temperance Union, held over 200 people for opening services and provided 7, 744 shelter nights and 20, 294 meals in…
1966

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.
1974

Potter’s Place Opens

1974: Potter’s Place opens under the supervision of Union Mission Board Member E.K. Bell and contracts with Tidelands as a transitional housing service for men leaving in-patient substance abuse treatment programs
1987

Grace House Opens

December 15, 1987: Grace House opens its doors. The 62 bed shelter provides a helping hand for men, women, and children.
1989

Phoenix Project Begins Services

April 1989: A Grace House resident is the first homeless person known to have died of HIV/AIDS in Georgia. Union Mission opens Phoenix Place as part of Union Mission’s Phoenix Project. 
1990

Magdalene Project Opens

October 1990: Union Mission opens Magdalene Project, a shelter designed specifically to support the needs of homeless families, at 620 Youmans Street.  
1995

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.