Maritza’s Story

Maritza's life unraveled as a result of the terrible childhood abuse she endured.

Watch Maritza's heartbreaking story now.

She was barely a teenager. But Maritza remembers every detail of the day her stepdad assaulted her like it was yesterday.

As an innocent, young girl, Maritza suffered unspeakable pain at the hands of her stepdad.

The abuse left scars that never fully healed, even after she was eventually taken away and put in the foster care system. When she turned 18, Maritza ended up on the streets, surviving however she could, trying her best to get her life together.

Before she came to Hope Gardens, Maritza had been living in a hotel, but her money was running out and she needed to find somewhere safe for herself...and her children.

She received Andy Bales' contact information and called him on his cell phone for help. He personally drove to get Maritza and her children, and a new chapter in her life began.

In the beautiful surroundings of Hope Gardens, Maritza found the space to heal, find peace, and feel safe at last.

But what she's incredibly thankful for is that her kids are in a secure environment.

"My kids are happy," she says. "They're in a space where nothing can harm them. No one is there to harm them. That's what I always wanted."

“After everything I've been through, God is still doing good for me”

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Somewhere safe to find healing

Many of the individuals and families who come to Union Rescue Mission need help beyond the immediate basics of food, shelter, and clothing.

Inside, they are broken, damaged souls. They need a place to feel safe. To find comfort. To be part of a community where they can heal with others who share their suffering, and then begin to find healing through the power of God's love.

Union Rescue Mission is here to help

Union Rescue Mission, located in the very heart of Skid Row, welcomes anyone who needs help— men, women, children, and families. Those who enter into our programs can feel the love of God at work here.

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