Union Mission Director of Operations, Josua Rine, speaking at TEDxSavannah 2019
WHY HAMMERS DO NOT BUILD HOUSES
This past June, the staff, volunteers, and sponsors of TEDxSavannah put on a day-long event that gave individuals and organizations in Savannah a platform to meet, share ideas and collaborate. Union Mission’s Director of Operations, Josua Rine, was one of individuals selected to take the stage at the event to speak about a subject that he is deeply passionate about—housing the chronically homeless.
“My hope is that those in attendance and those who watched the talk on YouTube were left contemplating “why hammers do not build houses, that ballots do,” said Rine. “Until the voters of our community demand that our elected officials, business leaders, and social service providers build, operate and maintain a more robust stock of planned, non-segregated affordable housing in our community, we will continue to have community members that live without a house. However, I am confident that Savannah can shape the synergy required to produce a robust stock of affordable housing, making a positive and progressive impact on our homeless population.”