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.

 

LIVING A LIFE FULL OF GRATITUDE

Union Mission recognized Selina Johnson for her 25 years of service to the community of Savannah.

 

Article by Emily Bressler

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LIVING A LIFE FULL OF GRATITUDE

Union Mission was invited to participate in honoring 92-year old Selina Johnson during a retirement celebration in October for her tireless efforts in providing over 117,000 meals to the community of Savannah for 25 years.

The volunteer group at St. Thomas Episcopal Church known as the “Unseen Guest,” was founded and led by Johnson. Their mission is to prepare healthy meals for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Johnson originally started working with patients during the peak of the HIV/AIDs epidemic in the early 1990’s when she was drawn to the misunderstanding and mistreatment that individuals were receiving from others. “I first started working with HIV
individuals while I was in industrial nursing,” said Johnson. “We had five men in our department that were HIV positive and I
remember everyone being so nasty to them because they didn’t understand the dangers of the disease at that time.”

When Johnson retired from nursing in 1992 after 45 years of service, she knew that she couldn’t stop helping people. She had
seen first-hand how important proper diets were to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The idea of the “Unseen Guest” was born with 6 volunteers providing ten meals a month. Today, this group has grown to 26 volunteers who now prepare 350 meals a month for the Phoenix Project at Union Mission, a housing and supportive services program for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

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.”

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.

 

World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day logo

 

Article by Amber Mitchell, Intern

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World Homeless Day

World Homeless Day is an annual international event that occurs on the 10th of October to observe and spread awareness surrounding homelessness (World Homeless Day, n.d.). According to HUD’s Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, there were roughly 553,000 experiencing homelessness in the United States. Of that, more than 56,000 families with children were experiencing homelessness (HUD, 2018). In Georgia, although there was a decrease, there were still an estimated 6,943 people experiencing homelessness (HUD, 2018).

Did you know that Chatham County is the 2nd most homeless-populated area in Georgia? In fact, during the 2019 point-in-time count, 686 people were identified as homeless in Chatham County (Homeless Authority, 2019). World Homeless Day is a time to reflect on homelessness in our community, its causes, and how to make a difference. There are many ways to get involved! Union Mission partners with people to end and prevent their homelessness through housing and supportive services. And we need your help! Volunteering, donating, and advocating are ways to support our clients and our work in the homeless community. Partner with us today, and make a difference! #worldhomelessday

References

Homeless Authority. (2019). About Homelessness. Retrieved from https://www.homelessauthority.org/about-homelessness/

HUD. (2018). The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress. Retrieved from https://files.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2018-AHAR-Part-1.pdf

World Homeless Day. (n.d.). History. Retrieved from http://www.worldhomelessday.org/

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 PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

UNION MISSION PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

Union Mission Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist and Marketing Coordinator, Emily Bressler

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UNION MISSION PARTNERS WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS

The Savannah Bananas hosted Union Mission as their featured non- profit this past June. This partnership allowed Union Mission the opportunity to earn a portion of all ticket sales. “We enjoyed talking with community members about Union Mission and our staff had fun with attendees participating in our ‘raffle pong’ game,” said Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist. “Thanks to the community’s continued support, Union Mission was able to generate $1,100 from ticket sales, raffle and donations.”

GIVE WITH CONFIDENCE

Union Mission is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization. 85¢ of every dollar donated is used for housing and supportive services that help partner with people to end their homelessness.

WHY HAMMERS DO NOT BUILD HOUSES

WHY HAMMERS DO NOT BUILD HOUSES

Union Mission Director of Operations, Josua Rine, speaking at TEDxSavannah 2019

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TEDXSAVANNAH
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.” 

GIVE WITH CONFIDENCE

Union Mission is a registered 501(C)3 non-profit organization. 85¢ of every dollar donated is used for housing and supportive services that help partner with people to end their homelessness.