Proclamation made by Secretary of State in Georgia

Barack Obama (The White House)

​November 2016

"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."

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.

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:


  • (January 2013) – In-kind donations of over 1,000 lbs. of brand new clothing items, with an estimated retail value of $30,000. Donations listed as follows: 868 pcs-shirts/tops, 329 pcs-pants/skirts, 18 coats, 14 purses, 27 miscellaneous items.
  • (February) – UID provided 24 pallets of insulation to Gordon and Bartow Counties after EF-2 tornado on January 30th. Transportation of materials was provided by National Association of Christian Churches (NACC). UID also provided 24 pallets of insulation to Hattiesburg, MS, after EF-4 tornado that occurred on February 10, 2013; transportation of materials also provided by NACC. UID became member of Gordon County long-term recovery committee to help with rebuild and recovery. 
  • On December 15, 2012, at Grant Park, Atlanta, Ga, Unity In Disasters, Inc. will partner with Love Walk 2012, and we will be accepting specific donations that will help support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts as well as Arms Of Love Grocery Relief Program. This effort will provide our youth volunteers and community with hands-on experience, current best practices, and nurture the spirit of service of each one. Because Unity In Disasters, Inc. normally monitors major relief efforts so that we can help address unmet needs, the students will benefit and also have insight as to the recovery process, which can extend over a 2-year period. 

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)

                                  


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. 

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..

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.

Community 

​​UNITY IN DISASTERS, INC.