For nearly 18 months, Union Rescue Mission in LA, with your help, has stepped up like no other Mission or agency in Los Angeles, CA, or maybe anywhere. Like no other time in our 126 year history. If you add all of the people served at all of the other missions and shelters in downtown Los Angeles, the number of people served would not compare to the numbers served at Union Rescue Mission.
We are the only mission/shelter 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.
We’ve always had a policy of always making room for parents with children, but as the number of women on the streets surged more than 55% over the last few years, we decided we could never turn away a single woman either.
This has severely taxed our resources, but with 800 registered sex offenders surrounding us on the streets of Skid Row, our hearts will not let us send a woman onto the dangerous, even deadly, streets of Skid Row.
Some in our city and county, even 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 and devastation of homelessness; and all the terror that comes with it, but I am, we are, haunted by the thought of it. Our hearts will not let us say no. How could we?
Our fiscal year just ended. It was an exceptionally difficult year. Our guests increased 55% and our giving plummeted 23%. We suffered a $3 Million loss over the last fiscal year. You’d think we would ease up on continuing to step up to the need. We won’t. We’ve planned our budget and we’ve decided to continue welcoming all who come to our door.
Yet, I have some heart wrenching news to share.
If we continue struggling financially, and fall 15% short of our 1st quarter budgeted revenue ending September 30th, we will have to cut $1 Million from our budget, and cease our emergency year round shelter for single women and men, and put a cap on the number of families with children.
This would effectively end our policy of never turning away a family with children or a single woman & would leave more than 400 men, women and children out on the mean streets. There is absolutely nowhere else to turn. I am not sure my heart could take it.
At a time of skyrocketing rents & exponential growth in homelessness, this is no time to step back.
I hope you will agree, act now, & give what you can today. Make it possible to welcome all who come to us in need.