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.


 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.