Thousands of people in our community suffer from substance abuse and mental health issues. Many have no place to go. One Savannah group is trying to change that. Union Mission opened the Don and Kaye Kole Center today.
The home-like building will be a permanent home for six women undergoing treatment. Right now, Union Mission says many end up in the prison system.
"The long term solution to that is the development of housing such as this," explained Union Mission President Rev. Michael Elliott, "where people can come in and stay compliant on their medication, get jobs and be productive citizens."
The project is a joint effort between Union Mission and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. They also run the Ben and Bettye Barnes Center, an identical program on Atlantic Avenue. The women can stay or eventually choose to move into homes of their own.
Union Mission is working with other area agencies to provide more housing. Last year, they treated 4,000 people for mental health and substance abuse concerns.