Making A Difference

Every Friday, the doors of the Union Mission warehouse open to clients in need of an outfit for a job interview or household items like pots and pans to help ease the transition to their new apartment. They come in ones and twos, sometimes nervous or hesitant, but they leave with a smile and the tools to move forward with confidence. The team that provides this vital support is made up entirely of volunteers, led by South University student Gloria Richmond.

“We are so grateful to have the support of a volunteer leader like Gloria,” says Director of Development, Laura Lane McKinnon. “She shares so generously of her time and herself with our clients, giving them not only access to additional supportive services but a sense that our community is here for them and helping them towards success.”

Gloria, dressed for a hard day in the warehouse, sharing why she supports Union Mission.

Photograph by Maggie Lynn, Community Outreach Coordinator

Gloria, the President of the South University Psychology Club, brings not only herself but her two sons and many members of the Psychology Club each week to sort donations and assist clients with getting the items they need. She also led a Hanger Donation Drive to help get the clothing area of the warehouse organized, making donated clothing easily available to all Union Mission clients. Her dedication to the work of Union Mission and to helping those in need is inspiring to staff and client alike.

Life is about helping others”, Gloria wrote when asked her why she supports Union Mission.

Life is about helping others”, Gloria wrote when we asked her why she supports Union Mission. Gloria lives those words each week here at Union Mission and we are truly grateful for all she’s done to help prevent and end homelessness here in Savannah.

If you’re interested in joining Gloria and becoming a Union Mission volunteer, please email us at volunteer@unionmission.org .

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