The event’s keynote speaker will be Richard Berry, former mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico, who has years of experience and success implementing innovative strategies to reduce homelessness. As two-term mayor, Berry advanced initiatives to provide daily work and housing for the homeless; programs he respectively named “There’s A Better Way” and “Albuquerque Heading Home.”
Don and Kaye Robinson Kole, well-known philanthropists, educators, business leaders, genealogists, and collectors, have been chosen as the 2019 honorees of Union Mission's 4th Annual Raising Hope, set for May 9.
In addition to chairing Union Mission’s board of directors, Don Kole has served in leadership roles of numerous well-respected Savannah non-profits including The Armstrong Foundation, Candler Hospital Foundation, Georgia Historical Society, Hospice Savannah, Jewish Educational Alliance, King-Tisdell Museum, Savannah Jewish Federation and the United Way of the Coastal Empire.
Kaye Kole founded the Savannah Jewish Archives and authored several books on the Jewish community of Savannah. She is an active member of the Georgia Historical Society, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Savannah Area Genealogical Association, and the Southern Jewish Historical Society. Live Oak Public Libraries named the Kaye Kole Genealogy & Local History Room in her honor.
This year’s event will be chaired by local realtor and Union Mission Board Member Ginna Carroll and is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah. Raising Hope is Union Mission’s largest fundraiser and provides direct funding for short and long-term housing, mental health counseling, career development and much more. Union Mission is committed to “partnering with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services.”
Since 1937, Union Mission has partnered with people to end their homelessness through housing and supportive services. We rely on the generous support of volunteers and community members to help ensure the light of hope continues to shine for those working to leave homelessness behind. We are profoundly grateful to you for making our work possible. Thank you for helping to ensure help is always available to those who are homeless in Savannah and ready to rebuild their lives.