The Mission — October 2017

The Mission — October 2017

A NEW FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING

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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MORE THAN A BED

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.

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.

The Mission – July 2017

The Mission – July 2017

The streets are no place for a woman

As Debra stepped out of her apartment for the last time, she was scared. No longer able to afford the rising rent, and unable to find another place she could afford, the 55-year-old had few housing options.

At first, she tried living with one of her cousins. But it was so crowded, it soon proved untenable. The only option she could see was once unthinkable…

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The Mission – June 2017

The Mission – June 2017Learning To Live

Odir never really had a childhood. After years of feeling unwanted and abused, and bullied through school, it’s no wonder he turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. But God wasn’t finished with Odir. And one single moment of absolute clarity changed everything…Read More »

Cycle to Save Lives

Cycle to Save LivesA friend of both URM CEO Andy Bales & Union Rescue Mission has offered a $250,000 matching gift to URM.org, if Andy, who recently received a new prosthetic lower right leg, would ride from downtown Los Angeles to Sacramento on his days off in June, & invite his friends to join him along the way as they can, either on their bikes or via social media, or by financially supporting URM.org guests.

Andy is hoping friends of URM will support the ride, not only to help make up a huge $3.6 Million shortfall caused by the huge increase in homelessness in LA & our best attempt to meet the demand, but also to send a message to our leaders that precious people living on our streets is Unacceptable!

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This will be the route https://goo.gl/maps/dW2yu9jo7642 starting this Saturday June 10 & 11th, beginning downtown LA at City Hall, South Lawn Sidewalk at Sunrise, 5:16 AM. Andy will communicate the following ride dates & where he is on the route via twitter.com/abales Andy Bales Facebook Page & Andy Bales Fan Page Union Rescue Mission Fan Page & Andy Bales on Strava & twitter.com/URM

Other likely ride dates are June 16th, 17th, 18th, possibly 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th & July 1-3 if needed. :)

We will pick up each time where we left off. I’ll communicate this clearly through social media mentioned above, as well as our fundraising progress. If you can join me, bring plenty of water, food, and perhaps a bedroll. There will be very little support along the way except for a few kind friends, & experiencing homelessness along the way may be inevitable. I guess that is part of the point & experience of the ride.

Email Andy abales@urm.org or revandybales@gmail.com you want more information. Or call 626-260-4761.

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The Mission – May 2017

The Mission – May 2017A Mom’s Second Chance

Drugs and bad choices cost Claudia everything, including her children. Then, Hope Gardens Family Center gave her a second chance. See how your help led to a miracle in this month’s eNewsletter. Read More »