Union Mission Presents “Raising Hope”


Steve Allison Union Mission Executive Director shown with Liz Murray
Steve Allison Union Mission Executive Director shown with Liz Murray

Union Mission held their Fund-the-Mission fundraiser last Thursday evening at the Hyatt Regency. Thanks to over 750 people in attendance, the event was a success.

The theme for this event was Raising Hope, which was an uplifting and enlightening evening with Liz Murray, an inspirational speaker and best selling author of Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard. Murray capitavated the audience as she presented a full account of her experiences as a child in a home with drug addicted parents. The audience was so attentive, the only sound heard was Murray’s voice.

Becoming homeless at age 15 Liz Murray transformed her life of despair into an inspiring journey of determination, hope and hard-won success. She spoke about eating from dumpsters and sought refuge at all night subway stations to survive. Determining not be be defined by her circumstances she recognized education as the key to a fresh beginning and a whole new way of living— ultimately graduating from Harvard University. Now in her mid-thirties and married with two children, she is helping youth struggling with homelessness in New York City. With sincerity, maturity and graciousness Murray took the attendees along on her personal journey and inspired them to overcome their challenges.

Union Mission has been caring for Savannah’s homeless community for 80 years offering emergency, transitional and permanent housing as well as comprehensive wrap-around services including HIV/AIDS services, employment training and counseling services. Thanks to the community’s financial and volunteer support over the past five years, 73% of the clients exited emergency services into safe habitable living arrangements. Your support makes a difference as we heard from Liz Murray. For information on how you can help contact Union Mission 120 Fahm St., Savannah, Ga 31401 or call (912) 236-7423.


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