Union Mission's Giving Tuesday Campaign Supports The Day Center at Grace House

Staff Report

Tuesday, November 29th, 2022

Support for this year’s Giving Tuesday Campaign will help renovate the outdoor courtyard at Grace House, a 32-bed Emergency Housing Program for men and individuals returning to the community from incarceration. With the expansion of a new Day Center opening in December, it requires a critical investment in our facility and renovations that accommodate increased traffic, increase durability, and preserve individual dignity.

The current budget for the project is $50,000 including painting, installation of new pavers, landscaping and furniture. Union Mission has committed $38,000 to the renovation with the balance to be raised through their Giving Tuesday Campaign. Gifts can be donated at www.unionmission.org or mailed to 120 Fahm Street, Savannah, GA 31401. If your organization is interested in sponsoring, please contact Mark Toth, Director of Major Gifts at (248) 770-3933 or [email protected].

Thanks to the success of past Giving Tuesday campaigns, funds raised have enabled Union Mission to remodel a variety of spaces from bathrooms at Magdalene House to the dining room at Grace House through our various 90-day Emergency Housing Programs for men, women, and children.

Living without safe, stable housing can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Exposure to extreme heat and cold causes physical health issues and exacerbates existing ailments and mental health issues.The courtyard will provide a therapeutic environment offering recreation and relaxation to the homeless searching for stability and safety after carrying the burdens of trauma, substance abuse and homelessness.

“Clients entering our programs are under extreme stress and overwhelmed with anxiety caused by their current situation,” said Michael Traynor, President & CEO. “By offering a peaceful, hospitable space, we will help create an environment that helps facilitate transformation.”

About Union Mission: Union Mission has cared for Savannah’s homeless community for 85 years, offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing solutions to those in need. Union Mission also provides mental health counseling, food, clothing, transportation, and job placements as part of its comprehensive wrap-around supportive services available to all homeless people in the community. Learn more about Union Mission at www.unionmission.org