Collaboration with businesses for outreach has been a secondary goal for Unity in Disasters when the opportunity presents itself. Unity in Disasters, Inc. (UID) has continued its commitment to service communities in the event of a natural disaster. Through additional partnerships (old and new), we have increased our capabilities during these times. Listed below are some of our accomplishments as well as some plans for future growth:
Joe Gilliom supports a men's residential recovery program with in-kind donations valued at over $35k from one of Unity in Disasters’ donors. For over 30 years, the "Step Denver" Program helps men that suffer from alcoholism and substance abuse. Unity in Disasters’ primary focus is disaster relief and education to the community. In addition, we also seek opportunities for community outreach and collaborations that benefit those in need. Because of our generous donors that support us whenever and however they can, unsolicited donations are occasionally offered to us. We use the same process for receipt, storage and distribution which includes pictures, inventory tracking and signed “promise not to sell or trade” donations. (Jan 2017)
On November 7, 2014 Unity in Disasters hosted an appreciation luncheon for Sweetwater Mission, Austell, Georgia and their staff. They have provided Unity with free office space and temporary warehouse storage since August 2009. We would like to thank Darlene Duke, Executive Director of Sweetwater Mission, for all of her support over the years..
Proclamation made by Secretary of State in Georgia
Free first aid kits provided for about 100 apartments in a senior housing retirement community. 10/13/2018
Joe Gilliom has been respectfully honored with the title of Goodwill Ambassador to go forth and continue to deliver goodwill and promote the good deeds to any community throughout the states or nations beyond he may travel to or reside.
This official proclamation was presented on September 11, 2016 by Secretary of State, Brian P. Kemp.
May 5, 2012: C.A.M.P. (Christian Aid Mission Partnership) of Austell, Georgia held its 1st annual “Family Fun Day” on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo). Food, games, prizes, raffles, and bicycle giveaways were just some of the ongoing activities. This event was a huge success, and fun was had by all! Unity in Disasters, Inc main office is located inside the C.A.M.P facility at 6289 Veterans Memorial Highway-Building 12-A where we have displayed with disaster preparation information.
It was an honor to contribute to a portion of this publication based on my own experiences to include my biography. My part was titled "Give God the Glory" and was one of several honorees (Random Acts of Kindness Award Recipients) that shared their motives and passion for service to the community. The book ‘These Are They” was officially released today.
Description on publishers website:
Book Forward by: Senator Rhonda Fields
THESE ARE THEY is a collection of biographies and short, inspirational stories that reflect the lives of our community's finest citizens. We call them RAK-tivists. These stories of hope, overcoming, and encouragement are bound to reach out and touch someone in a special way.
This type of dedication, determination and desire to help others just because it is the right thing to do and to inspire others to offer this same kindness towards every creation across the world warrants recognition of such in this Random Acts of Kindness Award presented to Joe Gilliom from Sisters Enterprise on June 24, 2017.
Barack Obama (The White House)
"Messages like yours underscore that America is at its best when people from all walks of life add their voices to our national conversation, and when we all come together to shape our country's course."
Unity in Disasters, Inc. recognized with a proclamation from Mayor Sylvester Turner honoring Harvey Heroes.
This official proclamation was presented on December 14, 2017.
WHEREAS, on the weekend of August 26, 2017, the greater Houston area experienced a life-altering natural disaster. Houstonians dealt with devastating losses due to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. Through compassionate organizations willing to serve during his difficult time, Houston has remained resilient in its recovery efforts: and,
WHEREAS, Unity in Disasters, Inc.’s is a nonprofit organization with a mission to expedite response and recovery time for services and supplies after a disaster for affected communities. It does this by partnering with organizations and agencies to streamline efforts and information for communities by sharing valuable and informative details of every major disaster relief activity and collaboration around the globe; and,
WHEREAS, with Joe Gilliom, founder of Unity in Disasters, Inc., leading the way, the nonprofit was there to assist, along with numerous donors and partners. The collaborative effort provided the distribution of more than 25 truck loads of food and relief supplies, and also served more than 200 churches and community points of distribution in the Houston area. Additionally, Jacksonville, Florida received 7,000 pounds of chicken and 90,000 pounds of relief supplies were provided to Puerto Rico for their natural disaster relief; and,
WHEREAS, on December 14, 2017, Unity in Disasters, Inc. will be honored for its selfless contributions to Houston and beyond following Hurricane Harvey. The City of Houston commends and appreciates Unity in Disasters, Inc. and its founder, Joe Gilliom for their compassion during a historic disaster, as their selflessness is greatly appreciated by the many people who benefited from their unwavering generosity.
THEREFORE, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim December 14, 2017, as Unity in Disasters, Inc. Day
On November 18, 2014 First American Title Company celebrates 125 years in business. Unity in Disasters partners with them to deliver 125 turkeys to Hosea Feed The Hungry. These turkeys are for their annual Thanksgiving Dinner Event, the nation’s largest sit-down dinner for the homeless and hungry, held at The Georgia World Congress Center.
Hosea Feed The Hungry hosts this annual event for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, and Easter. The total for all 4 of these events provides services for over 20,000 people. The additional services provided by Hosea Feed The Hungry also include barbers, hairstylists, medical screenings, clothing, legal aid, counseling, and other services.
This also includes toys for the holidays for children, and average amount per event between 4,000 and 7,000 are served. Unity in Disaster’s will always have the task of creating community partners for outreach opportunities. We understand the importance of helping, not only after disasters, but with other unmet needs.