The Mission — August 2019

The Mission — August 2019

SAVED FROM THE STREETS

When I was 8, an older boy offered me $20 and took advantage of me. I felt so ashamed, I was afraid to tell anyone. But my shame quickly evolved into rage and hate—and from childhood on, I took it out on the world.

By my early 20s, I was so angry, mean, and fearless, local dope dealers hired me to be their enforcer in exchange for all the meth I ever wanted. I jumped in with both feet … Read More »

The Mission — July 2019

The Mission — July 2019

SAVED FROM THE STREETS

“I was still homeless,” Maria says. “I still felt so much hurt and shame. I mean, I was living on Skid Row, the worst place you could ever be. But inside Union Rescue Mission, I was the happiest I’d ever been.”

Raised by a single mother with 10 children in a small apartment, Maria grew up with a lot of “chaos.” By 13, she felt desperate to escape. So, against her mother’s wishes, Maria … Read More »

The Mission — June 2019

The Mission — June 2019

SAVING SEBASTIAN

Sebastian has had a difficult young life. Before he was 8, he was already taken from his mom twice and placed in foster care because of his mother’s drug use. “I was afraid I would never see her again,” he says.

In 2015, his mother, Claudia, came to Hope Gardens to turn her life around, so she could give Sebastian the love he craved and so she could be the mom he needed. But when Sebastian rejoined her at Hope Gardens, instead of joy, he felt … Read More »

Stories From Skid Row: Marty


Stories From Skid Row: Marty

Marty successfully graduated the Christian Life Discipleship Program, but due to years of methamphetamine abuse, Marty’s teeth were still severely damaged. Thanks to our partnership with the USC Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, we can help people like Marty restore their smiles at our on-site USC Dental Clinic—the only one of its kind at Skid Row. As you will see in the video, transforming someone’s smile is not merely physical—it transforms hearts, too.

The Mission — May 2019

The Mission — May 2019

A DADDY’S DO-OVER

At 61 and struggling financially, Michael never dreamed he’d be a full-time dad again. But his daughter, 8-year-old Michaeyla, needed him. So in 2017, he packed up his car in Florida, picked up his daughter, and moved to Los Angeles to start over.

“I already have four older kids,” Michael says. “So when Michaeyla was born in 2008, it was totally unexpected. I wasn’t afraid of it, because I come from a big family.

“But about the time she was born, the economy fell apart and I lost … Read More »