SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Did you know that right now there are 4,000 homeless people in the Savannah area?
Forty-six percent of them are women with children. For 80 years, Union Mission has been on the front lines trying to help by providing an emergency shelter, employment training, help
for people living with HIV/AIDS and permanent housing.
Bertice Berry knows how easily hard-working people can end up on the streets. It happened her.
"The city decided to tear down the houses we lived in and we ended up homeless my last year of high school. A family said you can stay with us because my mother couldn't find rent for seven kids and herself. So, if it hadn't been for me being able to stay with them, I wouldn't have been able to finish school because it required three buses. I was three buses away from school. My mother didn't do anything to be in that situation. She and my siblings had to live in a shelter because of that situation. You don't know who you help today how they may help you tomorrow," explained best-selling author Berry.
You can help by supporting the Union Mission fundraising gala on Thursday, April 20 at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Savannah. For more details about the gala, please click here.
Berry will be the keynote speaker.
You can also watch my entire interview with Bertice and Laura Lane McKinnon from the Union Mission by joining me for the "Bounce Around Savannah" Monday at 7:30 p.m. on Bounce-TV. Remember you can watch Bounce-TV on the following channels: Comcast- 233, Hargray- 111 and WTOC-TV digital channel 11.2.