Over the past year, it has been a goal of Union Rescue Mission to update our Donor Wall, an area on the 1st floor honoring many of our generous donors. Thankfully, we were put in touch with a wonderful artist from Illinois, Marg Rehnberg, who designed a beautiful, colorful and inspiring image that was put onto 4″x4″ squares to create a 20’x7′ image!
This weekend, we held a “Donor Appreciate Weekend” to celebrate not only the beautiful artwork displayed for all our guests and visitors to enjoy, but the generous donors who help make our work here possible.
Visitors arrived around 10am on Saturday, at which time they were able to help place the tiles on the wall (above is what the wall looked like at the beginning!), take tours, and watch a film about Union Rescue Mission.
Volunteers serving lunch even came out to help with the wall – everyone was excited to help and amazed at how it transformed the area. The mural is located in a main hall on our ground floor, where people are constantly walking by.
We also held a Praise and Dedication ceremony on Sunday, which included testimonies, history highlights, musical performances, and an “unveiling” of the wall.
Big thanks to EVERYONE who made this honorary wall and this weekends event a success – we are very grateful. And of course, thank you to all of our supporters who help change the lives of people here on Skid Row. It is only by partnering together that we can end homelessness as we know it in LA!