Amanda's Story

Amanda did whatever she had to do to survive on Skid Row. Then she learned she was going to be a mom.

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Fleeing abuse only to land in the danger of Skid Row

Amanda was in a violent, abusive relationship when she decided to run for her life.

She arrived on Los Angeles Skid Row without a dollar in her pocket and only the clothes on her back.

"All I saw was a ton of tents . . . so many people crowded outside, using drugs. And filth. I was scared because I didn't know anybody, and it looked really dangerous," Amanda recalls.

Alone on the streets, Amanda did whatever she could to survive. Then she found out she was pregnant.

Watch Amanda's story now. Your heart will be moved by her powerful story.

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A massive increase in need

Women are extremely vulnerable on Skid Row. It's not a question of if they'll be assaulted, but when. Many, like Amanda, will suffer unspeakable abuse. Over time, they often feel paralyzed by shame.

That's why we never turn away a woman or family who comes to Union Rescue Mission for shelter.

Right now, the number of families with children devastated by homelessness on Skid Row is exploding. The latest numbers show a massive increase of 111% over this time last year.

That's why we need your help now to prepare for the crowds who will come to Union Rescue Mission for a hot meal, shelter, and a chance for a new life this Christmas.

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The holidays can be more painful for people devastated by homelessness. Instead of joy, many feel hopelessness that never changes day after day.

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Make tonight their last night on Skid Row

DeadlineYour gift today will help rescue more people from the dangerous summer streets and offer hope for a new life. to give: June 30