You Are A Bright Light of Hope

You Are A Bright Light of Hope

Pat Youngquist | Interim Executive Director



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.

Rising Above: Latesha’s Story of Success

Rising Above: Latesha’s Story of Success


Latesha and son

Article & Photographs by Maggie Lynn

Losing a family member is difficult even when everything else is going right. For someone trying to break the cycle of helplessness, it can be the event that knocks you down. But after losing her mother to a prolonged illness, Latesha knew she needed to rise above the challenges in her life and make a change for good.

Leaving Florida behind, she came to Savannah looking to rebuild her life and create a future of hope for her four sons. She looked online to find somewhere that would give her the tools she needed to create that brighter future – her search led her to Union Mission’s Magdalene House, an emergency shelter for women with children.

“It was hard for everybody at first because nobody wants to leave home or expects to come and stay at a shelter. I work and I save as much as I can save because I have to help myself and my kids.”

Within two weeks, Latesha found a job and by the end of her 90 days at Magdalene House, she had saved enough money to move her family into their own apartment. Now, she says, they have a fresh start and a chance at a new life.

“Union Mission helped me out and it helps a lot of families out. They do as much as they can,” she explained. “Even in my situation, in my future, I’m going to support them and help families because they helped my family.”

The support you shared with Union Mission made it possible for Latesha to find help and safety for herself and her children when they had nowhere else to turn. Thank you for making change possible in our community!