Stories from Skid Row – Ronald

Stories from Skid Row: Ronald

Many of the women and men who come to Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles have lost all hope that life will ever be different. They’ve burned every bridge to friends and family who could help them. When Ronald came to URM, after spending 30 years struggling with drugs and alcohol, many thought he wouldn’t make it. Even HE didn’t think he’d make it.

 

Today, Ronald has totally turned his life around and he’s currently working with one of our chaplains, encouraging other struggling men on Skid Row and showing them that life really can be different.

Stories from Skid Row – Kimjoy

Stories from Skid Row: Kimjoy

Union Rescue Mission believes that everyone deserves a second chance. When Kimjoy left prison, she was 57, depressed, and had nowhere else to go. So she came to live in the seniors’ wing at Hope Gardens, where she started to rebuild her life.

 

Today, she’s a college graduate with a new career at Hope Gardens! Thanks to friends like you, struggling men and women in Los Angeles get the second chance they deserve — and truly find their way home.

Stories from Skid Row – Sebastian

Stories from Skid Row: Sebastian

Homelessness is devastating for kids. When little Sebastian’s mother struggled, he ended up in foster care. Before reuniting with his mom at Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens Family Center, he started acting out at school. His anger grew and his grades suffered.

Thanks to friends like you, Sebastian is getting the medical attention and loving care he needs at Hope Gardens Family Center. Every child suffering in homelessness in Los Angeles deserves that kind of care.

Stories from Skid Row – Myra

Stories from Skid Row: Myra

Myra has overcome so much in her life . . . sexual abuse as a child, a 20-year drug addiction, and working to regain custody of her daughter. But then she learned she would be fighting for her very life — she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.

 

Thanks to friends like you, Myra is getting the care she needs at Union Rescue Mission. But so many other hurting souls are struggling to escape the streets of Skid Row and overcome homelessness, poverty, and addiction.

Stories from Skid Row – Maria

Stories from Skid Row: Maria

Maria is one of more than 1,300 men, women, and children experiencing homelessness that Union Rescue Mission is sheltering today. Thanks to you, we’re able to provide them emergency services like beds, meals, medical and dental care, legal aid, counseling, and much more.

 

But so many people like Maria on Skid Row and in Los Angeles are seeking our help today, we’re running out of space — and resources. It will take a miracle to meet the needs of everyone who needs our help. We have to find a way to keep our doors open. Please help.

Stories from Skid Row – Alayna

Stories from Skid Row: Alayna

Alayna is one of the nearly 4,000 men, women, and children on Skid Row – many of whom are sleeping in tents and boxes on the sidewalk. She has lived in her tent in front of Union Rescue Mission for the past five months. She faces potential violence and rape almost constantly.

 

Thanks to generous people like you, men and women experiencing homelessness like Alayna have hope that one day they’ll be able to escape these streets and start their lives afresh.