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What I See Right Outside My Window…

This is the view just outside my office window on Skid Row in Los Angeles…

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Heroin is being sold and used. The same with crack cocaine. And a new, legal “spice” is being smoked - causing violence everywhere on the street every day.

I've never seen so many precious people on Skid Row nor seen this level of mental illness, violence, and desperation. We need to take some bold steps.

Last year, your year-end gift helped us strengthen our jobs program & just last month 7 graduates were hired through Toyota by DTZ & affiliated companies!

We need your help again, and your partnership! Union Rescue Mission will always be committed to serving the precious people on Skid Row. In addition, we want to add services in outlying areas to decentralize Skid Row and help people who have worked hard to get clean and sober stay that way. If we can raise sufficient funds to close out our fiscal year ending June 30th, we will have the resources and momentum to begin this strategic shift. Every gift given by June 30th will be matched/doubled!

We hope to;

  • Build partnerships with several key churches that can not only be involved with guests at URM, but ultimately address homelessness in their local neighborhood with our help and support.

  • Begin an off-site(away from Skid Row) recovery program for single women

  • Investigate and implement an offsite men’s recovery program

  • Investigate long term restorative housing at Hope Gardens for the sake of our precious children experiencing homelessness

  • Launch social enterprises and Master lease apartments in outlying areas adjacent to jobs for our men and women graduates

  • Ascertain the neighborhoods sending people to Skid Row and partner with agencies to strengthen families and build resilient children to reverse this flow into Skid Row.

  • Along with this decentralized focus, we hope to strengthen our sustainability by investing in our staff with a greater focus on nurturing our future URM leaders, paying down debt, and building reserves


Our everyday life saving and life changing work and these bold initiatives will only be possible with your continued partnership.

Thank you!

andysig

P.S. Every gift you give until June 30th will be matched/doubled by other generous friends. We deeply appreciate and value your partnership. 
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Are We Really Reducing Harm?

I understand that the Housing 1st push to provide Permanent Supportive Housing along with The Harm Reduction Model (allowing drug use in the privacy of one's unit within Permanent Supportive Housing) is being touted From Washington D.C. to Los Angeles as the latest silver bullet to end homelessness, but has anyone considered housing options for those who want to remain sober and reside in a sober and safe environment?

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Times Haven’t Changed – It is a Question of Remaining Faithful

Times haven't changed- it is a question of remaining faithful.

There's a growing trend in America for Christians to shrink back from boldly
declaring that Jesus is the way and truth and the life.

Churches, organizations, and individuals must deal with tremendous and growing
pressure to not use the name of Jesus, or declare there is only one true way.
It seems nearly impossible to stay true without suffering repercussions and
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