Union Mission to Host a Virtual Raising Hope Watch Party

Savannah, GA - Union Mission will host a virtual 5th Annual Raising Hope Watch Party on Thursday, August 27, 2020 at www.unionmission.org starting at 6:00pm. The short pre-recorded 45 minute program will extend appreciation to key supporters and sponsors, provide an update from Union Mission on the impact of COVID-19, share information on affordable housing from the Keynote Speaker, Michelle Norris with National Church Residences, as well as special remarks from community leaders. This year's Raising Hope is presented by Nine Line Apparel and Oliver Maner LLP, and will be emceed by Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel.

Watch the video here.

"Unfortunately, Raising Hope was postponed due to COVID-19. Union Mission lost its greatest source of funding that support Union Mission and specifically our Emergency Services Programs which include Grace House, Magdalene House and our mental health counseling," said Union Mission Executive Director, Patricia Youngquist. "I cannot express appreciation enough for our 2020 Raising Hope sponsors who supported Union Mission during this very difficult and unprecedented time."

The community of Savannah has been impacted due to COVID-19. Affordable housing, tenant evictions, poverty and joblessness all impact homelessness. Keynote Speaker Michelle Norris, is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Growth Strategies for National Church Residences of Columbus, Ohio. National Church Residences is the nation's 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' message is one of thoughtful reflection and will inspire Savannah to continue its efforts to provide affordable housing.

"At Union Mission, we are always looking at innovative programs to end homelessness," said Michael McCarthy, Chairman of the Union Mission Board of Directors. "It's a complicated problem and there is no one perfect solution but small actions can affect the homeless in many different ways."


Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for more than 80 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission Partnering with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services also collaborates with the community’s network of service providers to make comprehensive, wraparound supportive services, such as mental health counseling and culinary arts job training available to all homeless person in the community. The mission of Union Mission is: to partner with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services. For more information on how to support Union Mission, contact Patricia Youngquist, Executive Director, at [email protected] or (912) 238-2777. To learn more, visit www.unionmission.org.