On June 15th, the Precious Dreams Foundation blessed Union Rescue Mission Youth with a surprise visit from two NFL greats: Eric Dickerson and Ryan Grant.
This awesome gift of meeting, speaking and engaging with Eric and Ryan was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all present. The kids loved receiving the Precious Dreams Foundation gift bags as well as having the chance to get autographs from these two football legends. Our children and staff were grateful and humbled by such a gift of love.
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Eric Dickerson played for the Rams, Colts, Raiders and Falcons, winning 6 Pro Bowls among a myriad of other highlights and awards. Ryan Grant played for the Giants, Packers and Redskins, winning the Super Bowl in 2011 with the Green Bay Packers.
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
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
UNION RESCUE MISSION RECEIVES A $25,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM WAL*MART FOR ITS JOBS PROGRAM!
We were thrilled when Los Angeles recognized the State of Emergency of Skid Row and prioritized the issue of homelessness. It is absolutely an epidemic right now. The time is past due to allocate resources to the problem.
Unfortunately, the money just hasn’t shown up. I know it makes us feel great that we’re talking about a plan, or proposing a budget, but that doesn’t help the people dying on the street tonight. This emergency was declared six months ago and we're still talking about what we're going to do next year or over the next five years.
We’ve gone from 44,000 people experiencing homelessness to 47,000 people, an increase of almost 6%. Of that 3,000 more people, 40% are single women. Now, more than ever, we need to find a place to shelter these vulnerable people, yet more and more shelters are closing their doors. We lost over 2,000 shelter and transitional beds county-wide.
Since last year, the numbers on the streets have increased and over 40% of that growth is single women. We are going backwards.
At Union Rescue Mission, women and children outnumber men for the first time ever and we’re sheltering over 1,000 people each night. Since 2013, there has been a 55% increase in women experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. We need more options now so women are not stuck on mean streets of Skid Row or anywhere in our city. My heart won’t rest as long as women and children are on the streets. We, Union Rescue Mission, will not rest as long as women and children are on the streets. With your help, while others talk we will continue to step up.
Please consider giving a gift during our Matching Gift Challenge and make an impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness that have come to Union Rescue Mission. Any gift you give will be matched 100% by our anonymous donors.
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