The Mission — February 2018

The Mission — February 2018


Marsha was once one of many single mothers experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Today, she’s come full circle.

Her name is Marsha, but everyone on Skid Row called her “Mama.” It’s more than a label or role. “Mama” is a medal of honor covering a scarred heart that beats rivers of compassion for people who live here — especially women. When Mama would walk down these streets, people set aside their pipes and needles, laid down their cigarettes, and stood. Because Mama was walking by… Read More »

Kenneth Chancey: Escaping Homelessness

“I share my story for my brothers and sisters who are still on the streets, to let them know that escaping the darkness is possible. I share my story to shine a light of hope which is too often overlooked.”

Kenneth Chancey first experienced homelessness at the age of 11, and was a sophomore in high school when his family moved into Union Rescue Mission.

Kenneth was a recipient of the 2017 Dare to Dream Award, and today he works for the City of Los Angeles as a Legislative Deputy to Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Please watch his inspiring speech from the Dare to Dream Gala to learn more about how he was able to overcome adversity thanks to the generous support of donors like YOU, who are making a direct impact in the lives of so many.

As Kenneth states in his moving speech, “Helping people house their families, educate their children, and caring for the sick is not an act of charity, but for too many people it may be a lifeline of support that helps them hold on to their life!

The Mission — December 2017

The Mission — December 2017

It really is going to be a happy new year!

Lydia endured a lifetime of pain, suffering, abandonment, and violence. But thanks to you, she has the chance to build a new life and a happier future in 2018!
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Emergency Donations Needed: Fire at Hope Gardens

As a result of a devastating fire on Tuesday, December 5th, Hope Garden families were forced to evacuate their homes and temporarily relocate to Union Rescue Mission. As a result, our families are in desperate need of the following items. Monetary donations are also accepted (

  1. Blow up mattress (300)
  2. Twin sheet sets (300)
  3. Pillows (300)
  4. Blankets (300)
  5. Clothing
  6. Socks (kids sizes)
  7. Hygiene
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Q-tips
  • Lotion
  1. Feminine hygiene
  2. Diapers all sizes
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Underwear for women and children all sizes
  5. Milk
  6. Cereal
  7. Protein of all kinds (eggs, peanut butter, beans)
  8. Snacks/juices for kids
  9. Water
  10. Womens and kids sweats (neutral colors)
  11. Towels
  12. Body Wash

The Mission — November 2017

The Mission — November 2017


I was 21 when I experienced my first Christmas ever. Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, we didn’t celebrate holidays — no birthdays, no Christmases, no presents, nothing…
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The Mission — October 2017

The Mission — October 2017


Darrell lost everyone who was closest to him. His dad, who decided he didn’t love his family anymore. His wife, when she lost her fight against cancer. His best friend, unexpectedly. It taught Darrell he should never get too close — and to look for love at the bottom of a bottle of booze. But when Darrell found himself homeless, he knew he needed to make a change…
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The Mission — September 2017

The Mission — September 2017

Thanksgiving in “The Pit”

James spent 18 years living in “The Pit” — Skid Row. Today, thanks to you, he serves meals — filled with love — to those he left behind. Read More »

The Mission — August 2017

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For most of his life, Casey, 56, was content, even blissfully happy. Growing up in a caring, Asian, “religiously conservative, military family,” he knew he was loved.

But then tragedy struck…Read More »

Lives of Women and Children at RISK

Budget cuts threaten emergency service and shelter for women and families

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For nearly 18 months, Union Rescue Mission has experienced an unexpected, unprecedented spike in need on Skid Row and throughout Los Angeles County.

To be exact, Union Rescue Mission is serving 55% more women than this time last year. They’ve stepped up to the need, determined to keep their promise to the community to never turn away a woman or a family with children.

But the severe hit on an already shoestring budget is backing them into a corner—where the only solution is budget cuts to services.

Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales, says, “We’re the only organization in downtown Los Angeles providing immediate emergency shelter for single men, single women, moms with kids, dads with kids, and two-parent families with children. If we can’t raise $1.75 million by September 30, we’ll be forced to shut down our year-round shelter for single women and men, and put a cap on the number of families with children we serve.”

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For Bales, it’s not just about dollars and cents. It’s about providing safety and refuge. It’s about saving lives, and seeing lives restored and transformed.

When asked about having to turn away women because of a lack of funding, Bales replied, “I can’t imagine. Just think, that would mean 400 vulnerable women on the streets of Skid Row, and falling prey to the 800 registered sex offenders hiding behind every dark corner.”

Bales is asking the Los Angeles community for support. He says, “Other service providers might be able to live with the fact that so many single women and moms with children are left on the streets, to suffer the agony of homelessness. But I can’t. Neither can Union Rescue Mission. Our hearts won’t let us. That’s why we need your immediate support—both financial and in prayer. I have nowhere else to turn. At a time when we’re seeing skyrocketing need, we can’t take a step back. We must go forward together. Thank you for understanding.”

You can give immediately to help raise the $1.75 million needed before September 30, and prevent the budget cuts that would force men, women, children, and families onto the streets of Skid Row.

Any gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference.