Christmas Eve Grilling 1000 Steaks Thursday, December 24th

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker             or                Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                              (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
VP of Public Relations                                                 PR Coordinator
kwalker@urm.org                                                        amonsibaez@urm.org

UNION RE UNION RESCUE MISSION CHRISTMAS STEAK DINNER
CHRISTMAS EVE GRILLING 1000 STEAKS THURSDAY DECEMBER 24TH

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (Thursday December 24th 2015) —- Every Christmas CEO Andy Bales grills over 1000 Steaks! Each guest at Union Rescue Mission and Hope Gardens Family Center will dine on a very special Steak dinner.

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales says “One of the highlights of my year is grilling steaks on the URM roof for all of our beloved guests, and on a rare year catching a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean from our rooftop”

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and celebration, but for our men, women and children experiencing homelessness it sometimes doesn’t feel like a reason to celebrate. That’s why at URM Andy will spend Christmas Eve alongside staff and volunteers preparing this delicious grilled steak dinner. A hearty home cooked meal to bring the taste of the holidays to our beloved guests and families.

Media Photo Opportunities: Grilling Begins at 9:00am!

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles. It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families. For more information, please visit urm.org.

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Families SHOP FOR FREE

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker             or                Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                           (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
VP of Public Relations                                                 PR Coordinator
kwalker@urm.org                                                        amonsibaez@urm.org

UNION RESCUE MISSION’S 24TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORE
WEDNESDAY December 16th
“Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (Wednesday December 16th, 2015) —- Hundreds of children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop at Union Rescue Missions 24th Annual Christmas Store this Wednesday December 16th from 9:00am – 4:30pm at URM Headquarters at 545 S. San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles.

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales says “Christmas Store at URM is unique as it allows the parents and families experiencing homelessness the dignity and joy of shopping and choosing gifts for their own children at no cost to the families, and it fills the halls of Union Rescue Mission and Hope gardens with the biggest smiles ever”

Families on Skid Row as well as our offsite facility for mothers and children Hope Gardens Family Center will be invited to Shop free of charge.   Hundreds of families will experience the joy of Christmas shopping that otherwise might not have been possible.

 

Moms and Dads are each greeted by a volunteer who will assist them on their quest to find the perfect gift for each of their kids. All gifts are then wrapped by expert gift wrapping volunteers so that all gifts remain a surprise until Christmas morning!

Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of donors like Herbalife, Rays of Light Philanthropic, Tina Corte & friends, Boeing, LA City Attorneys Office, RBD Communications, Shelter Partnership Inc., Phillipe’s and many more private donors and partnering corporations.

Media Photo Opportunities:
Moms & Dads Shopping for their kids………………………… 9:00am-4:30pm

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit urm.org.

 

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124 YEARS WELCOMING PEOPLE INTO OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT UNION RESCUE MISSION

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (Tuesday November 17, 2015) —- Union Rescue Mission CEO, Rev. Andy Bales said, “November 21, 2015 we will invite our friends experiencing homelessness into our home and around our family table at Union Rescue Mission for a delicious meal in celebration of Thanksgiving. Chef Merito will help us spice up our deep fried Turkeys with his famous seasonings! We hope and pray that this will be another step towards connecting our friends with services and moving closer to the day when not one precious person will be left on the streets of our city”.

This 124 year old celebration is sponsored by The Bold and The Beautiful. The Reverend Andy Bales will be joined by over 200 volunteers serving up a Thanksgiving meal to an estimated 4000 guests. It will be a day of food, fun and festivities starting with a great meal, live entertainment and a special fun zone for the kids.

Additional participating partners include; KJLH Radio Free 102.3 FM, Herbalife, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Cast and crew of The Bold & the Beautiful, former football great Marc Mills, actress Stephanie Nogueras, and many more. Celebration activities will get underway promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 21, 2015 inside Union Rescue Mission located at (545 South San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90013).

MEDIA Note: Media Live Shot Opportunity starts Friday, November 20th at 8:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 21st. Visual of 500 turkeys being deep fried on the street in front of URM’s loading dock beginning at 8:00 a.m. Friday, November 20th in preparation to be served to the thousands of men, women and families experiencing homelessness on Skid Row.

 

Schedule of Events & Photo Opportunities

500 turkeys being deep fried starting at 8:00 a.m. Friday in front URM on Skid Row.

Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. URM’s Annual Thanksgiving Meal Served (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

11:00 a.m. – “Home Sweet Home” Desert Bar.

11:15 a.m. – Kids Fun Zone (URM Gym 3rd floor) 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles. It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families. For more information, please visit urm.org.

 

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Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

Reuters News Agency and MSNBC on Hope Gardens

A photojournalist from Reuters News Agency recently visited Hope Gardens Family Center and wrote an intriguing article with excellent pictures on homelessness among women and children in the United States.

Be sure to Read Lucy’s Article on the Reuter’s Photographers Blog and engage in the conversation about fighting homelessness among children.

Also, be sure to check out MSNBC’s Phot Blog for more on the topic.

We would like to thank Lucy Nicholson (@lucy_nicholson) for taking the time to share about the issue of homelessness among children and women and invite you to join the conversation on putting an end to homelessness.

URM Receives Walmart 12 Days of Giving Grant

Yesterday, December 19th, Union Rescue Mission was announced as one of the winners of the “12 Days of Giving” Facebook Campaign sponsored by the Walmart Foundation.

“This incredible gift of love from Walmart comes right on time during a season of great need,” said Reverend Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission. “What a difference you’ve made in the lives of our precious families.”

URM would like to thank any one who nominated us for this grant as well as the Walmart Foundation for making a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness.