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Raising Hope 2018


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The generous outpouring of support during Raising Hope will help change these lives, one by one, throughout the year. At the event Michael Traynor, chairman of the Union Mission board of directors added, “For 81 years, Union Mission has worked to end homelessness. During Raising Hope, our

by Patricia Youngquist, Executive Director

community actively demonstrated that they

This year our annual fundraiser, Raising Hope, raised almost $230,000 to help end homelessness! So I want to first express deep appreciation to sponsors, guests, the event committee and our honoree of this year’s event. Our results – 45% greater than 2017 – reaffirmed our community’s commitment to Union Mission’s purpose, which is to move vulnerable men, women, and children into safe, stable housing.

share our vision to provide a second chance to people who have nowhere to call home.” We were especially honored at this year’s event to recognize the dedication and service of David Paddison, former Union Mission board chair and president of Sterling Seacrest Partners. The event was presented by Georgia Ports Authority, chaired by Ann Stephens, and emceed by Rabbi Robert Haas, leader of Congregation Mickve Israel.

As the Executive Director of Union Mission, I consistently work alongside our board and staff to raise monies needed to underwrite important services not paid for by federal and

So again, thank you to everyone who made this possible. You ARE making difference in our community!

state funding. Raising Hope is a significant part of the more than $700,000 raised annually within the community to support the comprehensive array of programs administered by Union Mission. In 2017, the organization provided over 90,800 nights of shelter and 72,603 meals! Last year in Chatham County, over 4,100 people received at least one service intended for the homeless. Of these 4,100 individuals, almost 700 are chronically homeless.  People who are chronically homeless have experienced homelessness for at least one year – or repeatedly – while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness, substance abuse disorder or physical disability.  continued on next column



In 2017, Union Mission provided 209 people with clinical mental health services, including psychiatric care, medications and counseling.  


THANK YOU to everyone who attended and supported Raising Hope 2018!


Approximately $230,000 was raised to support the programs and services of Union Mission. 


Pictured above (L-R) First Row: Kimberly Pannell, Niaisha Johnson; Matt & Courtney West, Julian Lewis, Jason Jue, Julie Lewis; Kristen King; Second Row: David Paddison, Patricia Youngquist; Don & Cindy Waters, Dr. Ann Levett, Terry Enoch; Fran Kaminsky, Jamey Espina; Third Row: Katie Cassidy, Scott Weeks; Garrett Kaminsky, Ginna Carroll, Robyn Carroll, Ann Stephens; Rabbi Robert Haas



Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-GA 1st District) toured Grace House with LaMonica Graham, UMI Housing Manager, and Pat Youngquist, UMI Executive Director. 

On behalf of 50th Street Church of Christ congregation, Delores Daniels delivered new men's clothing and hygiene products to Grace House.

Savannah State University presented Union Mission the 2018 Noteworthy Community Service Award. (Pictured: UMI Board Member and Savannah State University President, Dr. Cheryl Dozier, UMI Board Chairman, Michael Traynor and UMI Exec Director Pat Youngquist,)

UMI presents John Bennett, Savannah Bicycle Campaign Executive Director, with a donation provided by fundraising efforts of J.C. Lewis Ford. These funds will be used to purchase refurbish bicycles for the homeless.

Volunteers from pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim recently helped at the Administrative Building. 

ART, a national home furnishings group, and the International Design Society of the US held a joint conference in Savannah in May which included a day of community service. Grace House was selected as one project site. In an afternoon, 60 volunteers assembled and installed 70 new bunk beds and mattresses that had been provided by a grant from The Hodge Foundation. The two design groups also donated and hung over 30 pieces of artwork in and near the Grace House dining hall. WWW.UNIONMISSION.ORG


FRIDAY, JUNE 29 CHARITY NIGHT WITH THE SAVANNAH BANANAS Gates open @ 5:30 | Game starts @ 7:00 TICKETS $15/ea | (children under 3 are FREE) $5/ticket will be donated back to Union Mission FOOD Unlimited concessions (alcohol not included) FIREWORKS Immediately following game TO PURCHASE TICKETS CALL UNION MISSION @ 912-238-2777 or visit 

TUES, JULY 24-WED, JULY 25 Two-day ASIST suicide intervention workshop will help you learn and practice a life-saving intervention model. Location - Union Mission 107 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA Cost - $125 To register for the workshop OR for more information, please visit

MONDAY, AUGUST 27 Hands-on culinary arts training FREE 8-Weeks ServSafe Certification Job Placement Support

To register, stop by our office (107 Fahm Street), call us at 912-236-7423 or email


Culinary Arts Training Program

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS WISH LIST Grace • Repair roof • Tables for dining hall

BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIR    I    Michael C. Traynor Savannah Morning News

Beyond Grace & Prison Re-entry • Commercial PTAC heating & air units Magdalene • Replace roof on garage • Electric stove

VICE CHAIR   I    Patrick Monahan Governomics, LLC TREASURER    I    Michael T. McCarthy Hancock Askew & Co., LLP SECRETARY    I    Terry L. Enoch Savannah-Chatham County Public School System DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR    I    Neilie S. Dunn Neilie S. Dunn Public Relations

Barnes • New shutters • Patio

DEVELOPMENT CO-CHAIR    I    Julian T. Lewis J.C. Lewis Ford PAST CHAIR    I    David Paddison Sterling Seacrest Partners

Phoenix • Paint exterior • New awning • Landscaping

Mark Bennett Gulfstream Aerospace Ginna Carroll The Landings Company

Daniel Flagg • Landscaping

Robyn Carroll Community Volunteer William L. Cathcart, Ph.D. Retired, WTOC

Administrative Building • Re-stripe Parking Lot

Christopher Cay Cay Insurance Services

Other/Miscellaneous • 10ft-15ft box truck for donation pickups & catering For more information about donating to our wish list, please contact Laura Maxey at or call 912-236-7423.

Frances G. Kaminsky Retired, South University Renee Kennedy WRHQ FM & WJCL Gerald E. Kramer, DDS General Dentist Heather Lewis SunTrust Bank Tyler Merritt Nine Line Apparel

William T. Daniel, Jr. Vaden Automotive Group

Gaye S. Reese United Community Bank

Cheryl D. Dozier, Ph.D. Savannah State University

Stacy B. Watson GA Ports Authority

Brad Harmon HunterMaclean William J. Hunter Oliver Maner, LLP Ben Jones Thomas & Hutton

Scott E. Weeks Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors Matt West West Construction Co.

DONATE NOW UNION MISSION I (912) 236-7423 I 120 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401 WWW.UNIONMISSION.ORG

Union Mission 2018 Sp/Su Newsletter  
Union Mission 2018 Sp/Su Newsletter