2017 Rose Parade

2017 Rose Parade

The Mission - December 2016 13This year Union Rescue Mission is honored to announce they have been selected to participate in the prestigious Tournament of Roses Parade 2017! To commemorate 125 years of service to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, we honor how it all began by riding in a Gospel Wagon with vintage costumes from the year 1891.

Union Rescue Mission preached the word and served meals from a Gospel Wagon, much like the one we will be riding in during the Parade.  Founded by Lyman Stewart the wagon ministered to destitute unemployed men outside saloons as they drank away their sorrows. The wagon offered clothing and food, but most importantly HOPE. It is said that the men who sadly slipped back into drinking had “Fallen off the wagon” coining the phrase that is still used today.

Riding the wagon will be Union Rescue Mission CEO Andy Bales,  his wife Bonnie, Chairman of the Board David Dow, Board member Richard Newcomb, VP of Programs/Operations Steve Borja, VP of Public Relations Kitty Davis Walker, URM Historian Liz Mooradion, Public Relations team member Alexandra Monsibaez,  as well as Kimberly and Robert Brandt a Union Rescue Mission love story!

2016 Rose ParadeThe Love Story

A modern day tale of a life filled with years of falling off the wagon, saved by the love of a frustrated but devoted wife would make for an incredible Hollywood movie. This real life love story is that of Kimberly and Robert.  Kimberly had reached her breaking point with Robert’s drinking, but she never stopped caring for her husband. One night Kimberly a “born again” Christian heard Rev. Andy Bales on the radio program “Amazing Stories from Skidrow” she knew what she had to do. She brought Robert to get help at Union Rescue Mission and much like the lost souls back in 1891 who found HOPE on the Gospel Wagon he too found HOPE and a life transformed.  Robert who has been sober for over 2 years, the first time in over 50 years is taking one day at a time and their love grows even stronger each day.  Kimberly says “She can see the miracle taking place in Bob.  He is a changed man. He loves the Lord and everyday he’s getting healthier.”

Christmas Steak Dinner

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Kitty Davis-Walker
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562
VP of Public Relations
kwalker@urm.org

Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562 (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
PR Coordinator
amonsibaez@urm.org

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

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (Saturday December 24th 2016) —- 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.

Andy BBQUnion 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 these delicious grilled steaks, baked potatoes, and creamed corn! 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 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 www.urm.org.

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

2016 Christmas Store Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Kitty Davis-Walker, VP of Public Relations

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562  kwalker@urm.org

or

Alexandra Monsibaez, PR Coordinator

(213) 673-4882 or (213) 200-1758  amonsibaez@urm.org

 

 

UNION RESCUE MISSION 25TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORE

Thursday December 15th

Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”

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LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (December, 2016) —- Hundreds of children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop at Union Rescue Missions 25th Annual Christmas Store this Thursday  December 15th 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 Skidrow 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!

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Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of donors like Rays of Light Philanthropic, Tina Corte & friends, LA City Attorneys Office, RBD communications, Shelter Partnership, 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 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 www.urm.org.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

 

 

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

125 Year Anniversary Celebration

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562
VP of Public Relations
kwalker@urm.org

or
Alexandra Monsibaez
(213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
PR Coordinator
amonsibaez@urm.org

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Los Angeles California (October 2016) On Monday October 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Union Rescue Mission will be celebrating 125 years of serving people experiencing homelessness in the City of Angels. CEO Andy Bales says, “We are coming together with our friends and supporters to celebrate 125 years of greater healing”

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Alfonso Ribiero
Master of Ceremonies

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Shalyah Fearing
“The Voice”

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Andy Bales CEO
Union Rescue Mission

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Scott Minerd, Honoree
Guggenheim Partners

This evening is made possible with a special thank you to all of our sponsors Tim and Lisa Sloan, Silvia and Kevin Dretzka, Watt Companies, and The Bettie Gordon Neale Foundation. This celebratory event promises to include personalities, special guest hosts, and sponsors all with the goal to raise awareness to help precious people experiencing homelessness. Union Rescue Mission alongside volunteers, guests, donors, and special honorees to commemorate 125 years of life transformation.

For tickets please contact our Event Coordinator Karmen Herring at kherring@urm.org
For special VIP seating for media contact kwalker@urm.org, or amonsibaez@urm.org

About URM
URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living. URM was recently rated 4.0 by Charity Navigator along with 100% rating in Transparency and Accountability. Union Rescue Mission is the only emergency shelter that accepts single women and families with children.

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center
Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women. In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

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WATCH FOR THE UNION RESCUE MISSION GOSPEL WAGON IN THE 2017 ROSE PARADE

HELP NEEDED – WOMEN IN CRISIS

PRE- PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

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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

 

 HELP NEEDED WOMEN IN CRISIS

 

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (JULY 2016), Single women experiencing homelessness is at an absolute crisis point on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The recent LAHSA count showed a 55% increase in women experiencing homelessness on the streets since 3 years ago. Of the 4000 more people on the streets this year compared to last, 40% are single women.

 

Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission states “our number of guests is up 400 over last year at this time, the biggest increase by far is in the number of single women in the Mission since last month.  We are searching our own building for more space and increasing our capacity for cots, and reaching out to our neighboring partners to see if they have space we can share to handle the emergency.”

 

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URM is truly the only place to turn to for sheltering single women, moms, Dads, and two parent families. Currently 633 women and moms with children stay at URM’s two facilities, along with 500 men.

 

“This is the first time in our 125 year history that women and children served out numbers men. We have a policy of never turning away a woman or a family with children.  Our hearts won’t let us.  Where would they go.”  Bales added.

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About URM

URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the AngelesNational Forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

 

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Pre-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

13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

JULY 13th 2016

 

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (July 2016) On Wednesday July 13th 2016, Union Rescue Mission (URM) will host their 13th Annual Christmas in July thanks to their longtime partner SUBWAY® Restaurants!  Christmas in July will feature fun games, prizes, and face painting!  Over 200 kids of all ages from URM and Hope Gardens Family Center will be treated to 20 TONS OF SNOW!

 

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“Christmas in July” is sponsored by SUBWAY® Restaurants who will cater lunch for all of the families, along with cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and special guest appearance from Santa Claus in Bermuda shorts because it is July after all! The fun begins at 10:00am so watch out for flying snow balls and lots of fun for hundreds of deserving children experiencing homelessness on Skidrow.

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“I am not sure who has the most fun, our precious kids, their moms who jump in and become like kids again, our Union Rescue Mission staff, SUBWAY, or me? This event leaves smiles on our faces for weeks!”  says Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer

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Media Photo Opportunities:   

  • Children playing in the Snow 10:00 a.m.
  • Santa Claus arrives at URM    11:15 am
  • SUBWAY Caters Lunch to the Children 12:00 noon

 

About URM

URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

$25,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM WAL*MART

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

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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 RECEIVES A $25,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM WAL*MART FOR ITS JOBS PROGRAM!

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (May, 2016) — Union Rescue Mission was recently awarded a $25,000 dollar grant to support its Jobs and Workforce Development Program! This Program provides practical help to men and women experiencing homelessness prepare for, find, secure and keep employment. Its goal is to help people experiencing homelessness achieve economic stability and independence through employment by eliminating barriers that keep them trapped in poverty, unemployment and homelessness!

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“At URM we strive to help our guests experience a life transformed, followed by a job, followed by a home. Thanks to Wal*Mart for playing a crucial role in this effort. Nothing ends homelessness like a job” said Reverend Andy Bales CEO of Union Rescue Mission.

Media Photo Opportunities: At Check Presentation!           

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 www.urm.org.

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

Project Restart Kicks Off With Open House

Union Rescue Mission and its affiliate Eimago, Inc. unite in a

historic partnership between the City and the County of Los Angeles

 

Through a new grant program administered by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Eimago has transformed a triplex and duplex generously donated by the City of Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency.  The project is designed to provide emergency housing for nine families that are experiencing homelessness.  Operations are being funded by the County of Los Angeles for the sole purpose of getting vulnerable families off of the dangerous streets of Skid Row and into a safe family environment.

 

Come celebrate the launch of Project Restart with an Open House and tour. The Project Restart Emergency Housing Program provides an environment that promotes healing for families experiencing homelessness.

 

Project Restart Open House and Barbeque

Thursday, May 13th 2010

4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2528 Orange Drive, Los Angeles 90016

Families in this unique program are placed in safe housing away from the precarious streets of Skid Row where support staff will assist them in getting back on their feet. The mission is to provide a wide range of supportive case management, housing advocacy, employment assistance, children’s tutoring and after-school programs, along with other needed services, to remove the obstacles for these vulnerable families so they can rapidly return to permanent independent housing. Partnerships with a variety of other service providers both on-site and in the community make a way for educational support, financial management, medical, dental, legal, life skills training and mental health support.

 

From Andy Bales, CEO of Eimago and the Union Rescue Mission, “This program is a historic partnership between the City and the County.  We need more often to see these two bodies come together in one accord to tackle a problem like homelessness.  This is a complex issue and it takes a village.  We need more opportunities where community based organizations, faith-based organizations and all facets of local government come together with a common purpose to say ‘together we are stronger and we can solve homelessness, one family at a time’.”

 

Union Rescue Mission

Since 1891 The Union Rescue Mission (URM) has been providing a variety of services to those who find themselves homeless and impoverished in Los Angeles.  URM’s subsistence services are delivered free of charge to those in need and without any requirements – providing emergency programs that offer food, showers, hygiene items, mail services and shelter.  For those seeking a program of reintegration, URM provides recovery programs for men, women and children using education, job training, counseling, legal assistance, twelve-step programs, transitional housing, medical care, dental services, healthy meals, safe shelter and clean clothing. In June 2007, Hope Gardens Family Center opened in Sylmar – an innovative solution for families transitioning from homelessness. 

Eimago, Inc.

Eimago is a public benefit corporation and a strategic partner with the Union Rescue Mission building on its 118 years of service to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Eimago works with public sector agencies and funding to extend the continuum of care for the clients at URM and similar agencies serving those who find themselves homeless.

 

Leveraging provides additional programs that offer sustainability and longer-term care beyond emergency shelter for targeted populations, such as those who find themselves homeless, the addicted, those released from incarceration, veterans, the elderly and low income families.

HerbaLife Shaking It Up At Union Rescue Mission

Join Union Recue Mission CEO Andy Bales and Herbalife Chairman and CEO Michael O. Johnson today Monday, May 3, 2010 as they announce a partnership to serve healthy protein shakes at breakfast weekday mornings all year to Union Rescue Mission guests in the Skid Row community that depend on the Mission for good nutritious meals.  

On average (URM) serves 3,500 meals a day.  Herbalife will donate its Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix to the Mission so residents can start their day with a nutritious drink along with their breakfast.

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales said “A big thanks to Herbalife for empowering our precious guests with a delicious and nutritious shake!”

Who: Union Rescue Mission & Herbalife will launch & serve Herbalife Shakes with celebrity Chef G. Garvin, Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway & Actress Kiki Sheppard.

When: Monday May 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. Sharp

Where: Union Rescue Mission 545 South San Pedro Street (btw 5th & 6th on San Pedro)

Why: Union Rescue Mission and Herbalife coming together to provide healthier eating to people experiencing homelessness.

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homeless. 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 our website urm.org

About Herbalife Ltd.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global network marketing company that sells weight-management, nutrition, and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle.  Herbalife products are sold in 72 countries through a network of approximately two million independent distributors.  The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children.  Herbalife’s website contains a significant amount of information about Herbalife, including financial and other information for investors at http://ir.herbalife.com  The Company encourages investors to visit it Web site from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted.

At-Risk Youth Working to Build a Better Community

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562

Email: kwalker@urm.org

 

“HELP & HOPE COMES IN THE FORM OF AT- RISK YOUTH WORKING TO BUILD A BETTER COMMUNITY”

 

Sylmar California (April 22, 2010) — On Saturday, April 24, 2010 more than 100 youth volunteers from Bel Air Presbyterian Church and Cloud & Fire Ministries will converge on the grounds of the Union Rescues Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center as they have for the past year building, repairing, constructing and restoring buildings around this Oasis of Hope nestled in the foothills of Sylmar California.  Activities for this Day of Service will begin with a brief program and special visit from Councilman Richard Alarcon.  

 

Who: Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center in partnership with Bel Air Presbyterian Church and Cloud & Fire Ministries (YouthBuild) will showcase the extensive construction work done by the helpful hands of at-risk youth from Cloud & Fire Ministries.

 

What: A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of Bel Air Presbyterian Church and Cloud and Fire Ministries (YouthBuild) team will start the Day of Service by putting the finishing touches on a wing of classrooms to be dedicated on this day at noon.

 

Where: URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center located 12249 North Lopez Canyon Road, Sylmar California 91342.

 

When: Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Why: To assist the Union Rescue Mission in providing a beautiful campus of quality transitional housing for senior women and single mothers with children experiencing homelessness.

 

Union Rescue Mission CEO, Andy Bales said “The youth from Cloud and Fire have transformed Hope Gardens’ educational wing with their tremendous work, and have impacted other children and youth for years to come”. 

 

About Hope Gardens Family Center

Hope Gardens Family Center a program of Union Rescue Mission is a Transitional

Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing campus that gives single mothers and their children, and senior women experiencing homelessness a chance to move out of despair and rebuild their lives. Hope Gardens Family Center helps women transition from homelessness to independence within 12 to 36 months through long-term rehabilitation programs, services and spiritual care designed to support and empower each individual and family. For more information, please visit our website urm.org