A NEW SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF

A NEW SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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A NEW SCHOOL YEAR KICKS OFF

As the new school year kicks off, many children are excited about the simple joys of going back to school, while others unfortunately, continue to struggle with simply finding a stable place to call home.

Homelessness is an incredibly stressful life event for the entire family but particularly for children. The Savannah- Chatham County Public School System reported 1,046 homeless students (2018-2019 school year), a 30 percent increase from the previous school year.

At Union Mission, we provide a physical space that allows our families to be safe and comfortable so that they can then concentrate on the things that will help them to move beyond their homelessness.

Over the past 5 years alone, the Magdalene Project at Union Mission, has served 370  homeless  children,  240 of them were school age at the time of entry. Without the Magdalene Project, many of these families would have been living throughout the city doubled up with family or friends, in uninhabitable spaces, cars or home less camps increasing their exposure to environmental dangers and academic instability.

As the homeless count within the school system continues to rise, there will be an increased need to provide emergency shelter and supportive services to these individuals. I encourage you to help make a child feel settled in the new school year by making a gift to the Magdalene Project or by sending a Gift Card to Union Mission to be used for the seasonal needs of these families.

“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thank You Donors, Volunteers, and Community

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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THANK YOU DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND COMMUNITY

Thanks to our staff and community supporters for making the first half of the year such a success. Since January, Union Mission has provided emergency and transitional housing services to 174 men, 21 women and 37 children, and 204 people have remained in permanent supportive housing, free from the dangers of living on the street. UMI’s counseling center has also provided 522 clinical mental health sessions to 64 community members.
With the support of the business community, key individuals, government officials and volunteers, UMI raised more than $250,000 at this year’s Raising Hope– our most successful fundraising event to date. Our sponsors played an important role and we are proud to actively partner with them throughout the year to help those most in need. UMI was honored to recognize Don and Kaye Kole as two long- time supporters at this year’s Raising Hope. Their continued involvement has been instrumental in our organization’s efforts.

Again, thank you to our donors, volunteers and community members for allowing UMI to have such a positive impact in our local community. UMI is privileged to partner with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services.

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

-Jane Goodall

Thank You Donors, Volunteers, and Community

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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THANK YOU DONORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND COMMUNITY

Thank you to everyone that helped make 2018 a success. Your generosity and community service has allowed Union Mission to partner with Savannah’s homeless to help them find housing and an improved quality of life. With your assistance, we were able to serve 286 people through our Emergency Services Program and continue to house 277 people in our Permanent Supportive Housing programs.

Because of you, the individuals and families we served during 2018 were able to come to Union Mission and receive a handup instead of a hand-out. Many of our clients found or maintained meaningful employment. This enabled 257 of the people we served to either find or maintain stable housing arrangements upon their departure from our programs. Union Mission also provided clinical mental health services to 132 homeless and low-income members of the community over the course of 1,550 individual sessions. These life changing services would not be possible without your support.

Again, thank you to our donors, volunteers, and the community for an incredibly productive 2018. We at Union Mission look forward to 2019 as we continue, together with the community, partnering with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services.

Thank You For Being a Hope for a Better Tomorrow

Pat Youngquist | Executive Director

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THANK YOU FOR BEING A HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

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.

Thanks to your generosity, Union Mission has been able to offer hope to people in need for 81 years.

We have grown significantly from our opening in 1937. Reverend George Akins, the founder of Union Mission, would not be able to fathom the expansion of his soup kitchen. Today, Union Mission provides emergency shelter, permanent supportive housing, behavioral health services, support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and employment and educational services.

Our programs allow for individuals and families to access tools that are essential to lifting themselves out of homelessness and toward a better tomorrow.

The services we provide empower the people in our community with hope for a better future; a future that includes happinesses and success.

We instill hope that one day they will be able to utilize the skills they learn in our Culinary Arts Training Program in a brilliant future career. We inspire hope that one day they will be able to give back to their community just as you gave to them.

Thank you for gifting us the opportunity to provide hope to those who at times have felt so hopeless.

You Are A Bright Light of Hope

You Are A Bright Light of Hope

Pat Youngquist | Interim Executive Director

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YOU ARE A BRIGHT LIGHT HOPE

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.

Thank You for Making a Second Chance Possible

Pat Youngquist | Interim Executive Director

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A SECOND CHANCE POSSIBLE

Thank you to everyone who helped make Raising Hope such a successful event in April. Your generosity provided of $100,000 of support to Union Mission.

When we talk about Raising Hope, we are talking about something that is at the core of what we do. We provide hope for those who are feeling hopeless. Homelessness and hopeless can be synonymous. Hope is something that can be hard to find on the streets. Mental illness, domestic abuse, family tragedy, job loss, and the struggles of addiction can sap hope from even the strongest hearts.

Your investment in Union Mission means we can provide hope in tangible ways. In 2016, your gifts helped to provide 28,103 nights of shelter to 474 men, women, and children. It helped provide 84,309 meals. And it helped 326 people find jobs – 94% of those jobs were above minimum wage.

By providing these services to people in need, we are providing hope and a message that our community cares. Your support of Union Mission translates into job placement, workforce development training through our Culinary Arts Program, and community-based mental health care for those with nowhere else to turn. Your help is work to address the underlying causes of homelessness in our community.

Thank you for sharing help and hope with those most in need through your support of Union Mission.