MICHELLE NORRIS TO KEYNOTE 2020

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MICHELLE NORRIS TO KEYNOTE 2020

Keynote speaker for Raising Hope will be affordable housing expert, Michelle Norris, who is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio.

National Church Residences is the nations largest provider of affordable senior housing, focusing on issues of housing and homelessness. They are proactively engaged in the effort to preserve and expand the nations dwindling supply of affordable housing stock by actively engaging in preservation efforts including local locations like Sisters Court and Telfair Arms Apartments and through new construction efforts like Ash Branch Crossing in Pembroke, Georgia. 

Norris currently serves on the boards of the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future, LeadingAge Ohio, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing. Norris has served on the board of the National Affordable Housing Trust and has served as past president of the Ohio Housing Council and the National Affordable Housing Management Association.

ABOUT RAISING HOPE:

 This year’s event, presented by Nine Line Apparel and Oliver Maner LLP, will be emceed by Rabbi Robert Haas, leader of Congregation Mickve Israel. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Chaired by Christine Fournier, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Joselove Filson Advertising and Landings Company Realtor and Union Mission Board Member, Ginna Carroll, Raising Hope provides support for the homeless through short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, culinary job training and much more in our local community. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets ($125 per individual or $1,500 for a table of ten) are available by contacting Union Mission’s Director of Major Gifts & Organizational Strategy, Mark Toth, at (248) 770-3933 or mtoth@unionmission.org. 

The Season of Giving

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The Season of Giving 

The holidays are widely regarded as the season of giving and Union Mission was overwhelmed by the community’s generosity and support on Giving Tuesday to remodel 4 bathrooms at The Magdalene Project, a 20-bed emergency shelter for homeless women and their children. So many individuals and churches reached out to Union Mission to make a contribution to help us reach our goal of $8,000. 

Thanks to Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation with the support of Sodexo, Union Mission served over 600 meals this holiday season to local families and individuals in need. Union Mission was also able to partner with multiple business, churches, and community members to provide Christmas gifts to 112 children across our programs. And, with the generous support of SCAD, Infinity, Savannah State University, First African Baptist Church and many other anonymous Secret Santa participants, Union Mission was able to provide holiday gifts to an additional 10 mothers at the Magdalene Project, as well as to 14 formally homeless women with either a mental health and/or physical disability that reside at Ben and Bettye Barnes Center. 

Help Provide a Fresh Start

Your donation can help someone rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind. Your gift today can change lives and provide hope for a better tomorrow.

 

Union Mission Social Enterprise at Work

 A win-win partnership in keeping the city cleaner and helping those in need.

 

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Union Mission Social Enterprise at Work

In December 2019, Union Mission began the “Litter Clean Team” litter removal program to help expand the City of Savannah’s solid waste removal capacity and improve community cleanliness in the downtown area. 

The City of Savannah awarded a one-year renewable contract to Union Mission to establish a team of workready homeless individuals and persons living with disabilities to provide litter pick-up three days a week from 1:00pm – 5:00pm along  dentified major corridors including historic squares, Bay Street, River Street, Broughton Street and Factors Walk. The program enables Union Mission to provide valuable job training and employment experience for our clients and other community members who are experiencing challenges to obtaining employment.

“We are excited to partner with the City of Savannah on this initiative,” said Union Mission Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist. “Our team members see the value in working to enhance their community and the experience will serve as a stepping stone to their next success.” 

The program was developed following the appearance of two-term Albuquerque Mayor, Richard Berry, as the keynote speaker at Union Mission’s Raising Hope event in the spring of 2019. Berry’s “There’s a Better Way” initiative hires the homeless to clean up the city and connects individuals to needed services and treatment. Berry’s homeless initiatives have received national and international attention and are being replicated throughout the country and his TED talk on “There’s a Better Way” currently has over a million views. 

After a quarter of a century of providing her services, Johnson retired, passing the  leadership torch to fellow volunteer, Angie Nichuals. “It’s going to be tough filling her shoes but we are all very enthusiastic about serving the community of people that need us,” said Nichuals. “It’s an exciting feeling to embark on this next chapter.”

The Litter Clean Team program aligns with the City of Savannah’s strategic plan goals to re-establish and preserve neighborhoods and provide workforce development for the unemployed and underemployed. Youngquist says the program is one of the many ways in which Union Mission is helping homeless and disengaged individuals integrate back into the community. 

Help Provide a Fresh Start

Your donation can help someone rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind. Your gift today can change lives and provide hope for a better tomorrow.

 

20/20 VISION

20/20 VISION

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COLUMN

20/20 VISION

As we usher in not just a new year in 2020 but also a new decade, I’m thinking about the past; about the many challenges and triumphs we’ve had in recent years, and of the incredible fortitude with which our staff, volunteers, community partners, and clients have risen to the occasion time and again and built a better Union Mission.

I am also thinking about the future and obstacles we already see on the horizon – for instance, a fast-growing segment of the homeless population nationwide is older adults aged 50-64, which poses special challenges to emergency shelters. But while the next year (and decade) will undoubtedly bring many more tests and opportunities, I am filled with optimism that we’re ready for both. Why? It’s all right here in the pages of this newsletter.

We’re embracing simple ways to address complex problems with initiatives, like Litter Clean Team. We’re re-energizing our community and corporate partners with need-specific volunteer and giving opportunities, like the bathroom renovations at the Magdalene Project. We’re educating the community about the many facets of homelessness through our Lunch & Learn series. We’re inspiring innovation by sharing the successes of others, like our Raising Hope speakers. And, we’re rallying our troops – some familiar, some new, to help keep our path clear and our eyes set upon it, as our 2020 Board of Directors will do.

Though we cannot know what the future holds, we can know this: Union Mission will be there giving help and hope to those in need. We invite you to join us – on a project, at Raising Hope, in a learning session – and become a part of the future.

A COMPELLING STORY LEADS TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

A COMPELLING STORY LEADS TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

Michael McCarthy | Board Chair

CHAIRMAN’S COLUMN

LEGACY A COMPELLING STORY LEADS TO FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

 

We live in a fast paced world, often filled with snap decisions and short attention spans. We simply scan headlines and don’t always have the luxury to sit down and reflect. I want to bring to the community’s attention a headline with a compelling backstory.

Union Mission’s new Litter Clean Team program derives from last year’s visit from Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, who was the keynote speaker at Union Mission’s 2019 Raising Hope event. The Mayor shared the story of his “There’s a Better Way” homeless initiative with a room full of local thought leaders and now the rest is history. It’s a reminder that good things happen when we take time for inspiration.

At Union Mission, we are always looking at innovative ways to address homelessness. It’s a complicated problem and there is no one perfect solution, but rather many small actions that help our community’s homeless in different ways.

With this momentum in hand, Union Mission is excited about the 2020 Raising Hope event with a keynote speaker that, like Richard Berry, will present a template of what other communities are doing successfully. Michelle Norris, who will be featured as this year’s keynote speaker, is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences. National Church Residences is our nations largest provider of affordable senior housing. Whether for seniors or others in need of affordable housing, the issue requires public, government and business sector support.

Union Mission works hard to play an effective role in advocating for the homeless and for effective policy changes that will benefit the homeless and the community. In spirit of advocating change, we will host various receptions in the days leading up to the 2020 Raising Hope event with Michelle Norris for the Mayor, City Manager, Elected County and City officials, community service providers and business leaders to share another story of community success in dealing with the challenging issue of affordable housing and homelessness.

I am blessed and humbled to be the incoming Chair of Union Mission’s Board of Directors in 2020. Union Mission is one of the leaders in the conversation around homelessness and affordable housing in our community. I am proud to represent an organization that is making such an incredible impact here locally.