The Union Gospel Mission is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The mission, which has a Christian ministry that includes providing food, clothing and shelter to the needy, was founded by Rev. Lee Roberson.
Executive Director Jon Rector said, "I cannot believe we are in 2020. This is a very special year for us. In this year of 2020, the Union Gospel Mission celebrates 70 years of ministry,
"I am so grateful for the compassion and foresight of Dr. Lee Roberson (our founder) in 1950. It was his burden for the homeless and needy that brought about our work.
"For 70 years, UGM has provided food, clothing, safe shelter and many other physical needs for the homeless and less fortunate of the Chattanooga area; over 2 million meals, over 1 million nights of safe sleep, and untold tons of clothing and other needs. More importantly we have seen over 25,000 souls make a profession of faith in Christ and we have provided tens of thousands of hours of discipleship. Yes, UGM is a life-changing place. However, we could not be that life-changing place without people just like you who have invested in our work over the years."
Rev. Rector said the mission is launching a new "UGM 500" fundraising campaign.
Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 983, Chattanooga, Tn., 37401.