Diabetic, Wheelchair-bound Patient Dumped at DTLA Homeless Shelter

Rev. Andy Bales with Union Rescue Mission described it as “almost attempted murder” because “a diabetic cannot survive without medication.”

Bales says this isn’t the first time the mission has had a problem with hospital dumping.

In 2008 the mission set up a camera and caught several hospitals and care facilities dropping off their disabled patients at the shelter, many without their consent.

“They are supposed to care for them, not dump them on the streets when they can’t pay or they get tired of them,” Bales said.

Read the full article on ABC7

Hearts for Hope – Gala

HEARTS FOR HOPE GALA
“HOPE IN ACTION” April 21st, 2018

Hearts for Hope - GalaLOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA/SYLMAR (April 2018) On Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at 6pm Union Rescue Mission (URM) will host their 9th annual Hearts for Hope Gala “Hope in Action” at the luxurious Beverly Hilton hotel to raise awareness and funds for URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center (HGFC). Our Special Host for this year’s event is none other than the fabulous Angela Bassett from the Blockbuster movie “Black Panther” and the popular Fox TV series “9-1-1”.

LAPD, and LAFD first responders helped evacuate our Hope Gardens families safely during the #creekfire, so we are honored to present them with the “Heart of Courage” and “Heart of Valor” awards.  URM will also honor the Porto family with the “Heart of Generosity” award for their many years of faithful and delicious food donations that have helped us serve over 3,000 meals daily and Patty Phillips of Patty’s Gourmet Pizza will receive the “Heart of Service” award for her longtime dedication of fundraising and support of Hope Gardens Family Center.

Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of URM says “We will be honored by your presence at this event celebrating local Heroes as you join us to make a life-changing impact in the lives of precious moms & children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.”

We are so grateful for our sponsors Guggenheim Partners, Lisa and Tim Sloan, California Resource Corporation, Capstone Foundation, Law Office of Tara L Cooper, Karen Preston, Dawn Vincent, Patrick & Nancy McCabe, Bruce Newsom, Jae Townsend, Kelly M. Weber, David & Nancy Dow and more.

About URM

URM is the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living.

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

CONTACT:

Kitty Davis-Walker
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562
VP of Public Relations
kwalker@urm.org

Alexandra Monsibaez
(213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
PR Coordinator
amonsibaez@urm.org

For event details and/or tickets contact Anne Barnett (310)859-2222 or (818)489-1149

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

When It Comes to Helping Mentally Ill Homeless Individuals, the Challenges Are Steep

“Andy Bales, CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row, recalled one man who repeatedly refused treatment before dying on the street of a stroke… ‘What I’ve learned in 32 years is that the longer someone is on the street, the bigger mental health issue you’re going to find,’ Bales said. ‘There’s even a lot of head trauma that’s not accounted for, from being attacked, beaten, et cetera. That can cause behavioral issues permanently. None of us, including me, could make it more than a few days on the street without experiencing a mental health crisis.’”

Read the full article on Los Angeles Downtown News

Union Rescue Mission Receives $15,000 Grant from Bank of America to Help People Experiencing Homelessness

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Kitty Davis-Walker
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562
VP of Public Relations
kwalker@urm.org

Alexandra Monsibaez
(213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
PR Coordinator
amonsibaez@urm.org

UNION RESCUE MISSION RECEIVES $15,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM BANK OF AMERICA TO HELP PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (June 2017) — – Union Rescue Mission (URM) announced today that it has received a $15,000 dollar grant from Bank of America to support the nonprofit’s programs and services geared toward people experiencing homelessness. The current Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) report states that more than 58,000 people live on the streets in Los Angeles County, up by 23 percent from the last report. Due to this increase, URM is stepping up to serve 55 percent more people than usual.

We treasure the partnership that Bank of America has with Union Rescue Mission,” said Reverend Andy Bales CEO of Union Rescue Mission. “This grant will ensure we can continue to rescue more precious people from the streets of Los Angeles. Our city is in a crisis and partners like Bank of America are vital.”

“Bank of America is proud to team up with Union Rescue Mission to help alleviate the ever-growing homelessness problem in greater Los Angeles,” said Raul A. Anaya, Los Angeles market president, Bank of America. “Through partnerships like these, we’re able to address basic needs and help people regain their footing and create a path to financial and economic stability.”

Union Rescue Mission is among 70 nonprofits receiving funding to help underserved people in Los Angeles chart a path toward greater economic mobility by improving access to food, shelter, benefits, career readiness resources and financial resources for families.

About Union Rescue Mission
Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles. It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families. For more information, please visit www.urm.org.

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

About Bank of America
At Bank of America, our focus on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical to fulfilling our purpose of helping make people’s financial lives better. Our commitment to growing our business responsibly is embedded in every aspect of our company. It is demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our customers, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocate groups, such as community and environmental organizations, in order to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact. Learn more at, and connect with us on Twitter at @BofA_News.

Hearts for Hope – Press Release

HEARTS FOR HOPE GALA: ON THE TRAIL OF HOPE MARCH 4th, 2017

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA/SYLMAR ( February 2017) On Saturday, March 4th, 2017 Union Rescue Mission (URM) and the Hearts for Hope Committee will host their 8th annual Hearts for Hope GalaOn the Trail of Hope” at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village to raise awareness and funds for URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center (HGFC). Our Emcee for this year’s Western chic event is none other than the fabulous Alfonso Ribeiro current host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” We are honored to have to have performances by vocal powerhouse country singer Annie Bosko, and the talented young up and coming singer Oliva Kay.

“We will be so honored by your presence at this talent & celebrity-filled evening as you join with others to make a life-long impact in the lives of precious moms & children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.” Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of URM.

This evening is made possible by our sponsors and we are so grateful for Lisa and Tim Sloan, Bank of California, U.S. Bank, Herbalife, World Oil Corp, Malibu Presbyterian, California Resource Corporation, Paul and Lee Shoop, Manuel and Marti Gonzalez, Nestle, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Watt Companies

Media Photo Opportunities:    Red Carpet/Reception – 5:30pm-7:30pm
                                                            Dinner & Entertainment- 7:30pm-10:00pm

 

About URM
URM is the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living.

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center
Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker             or                Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                            (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
VP of Public Relations                                                 PR Coordinator
kwalker@urm.org                                                        amonsibaez@urm.org

For event details and/or tickets contact Karmen Herring (213)347-6311 or kherring@urm.org

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

2016 Christmas Store Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Kitty Davis-Walker, VP of Public Relations

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562  kwalker@urm.org

or

Alexandra Monsibaez, PR Coordinator

(213) 673-4882 or (213) 200-1758  amonsibaez@urm.org

 

 

UNION RESCUE MISSION 25TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS STORE

Thursday December 15th

Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”

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LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (December, 2016) —- Hundreds of children will receive Christmas gifts this year after their parents shop at Union Rescue Missions 25th Annual Christmas Store this Thursday  December 15th from 9:00am -4:30pm at URM Headquarters at 545 S. San Pedro in downtown Los Angeles.

 

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales says “Christmas Store at URM is unique as it allows the parents and families experiencing homelessness the dignity and joy of shopping and choosing gifts for their own children at no cost to the families, and it fills the halls of Union Rescue Mission and Hope gardens with the biggest smiles ever”

 

Families on Skidrow as well as our offsite facility for mothers and children, Hope Gardens Family Center will be invited to Shop free of charge.   Hundreds of families will experience the joy of Christmas shopping that otherwise might not have been possible.

Moms and Dads are each greeted by a volunteer who will assist them on their quest to find the perfect gift for each of their kids. All gifts are then wrapped by expert gift wrapping volunteers so that all gifts remain a surprise until Christmas morning!

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Christmas Store is made possible through the generosity of donors like Rays of Light Philanthropic, Tina Corte & friends, LA City Attorneys Office, RBD communications, Shelter Partnership, and many more private donors and partnering corporations.

 

Media Photo Opportunities: 

 

Moms & Dads Shopping for their kids………………………… 9:00am-4:30pm

 

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit www.urm.org.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

 

 

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

2016 Thanksgiving Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

 

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker             or                  Alexandra Monsibaez
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                              (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
VP of Public Relations                                                   PR Coordinator
kwalker@urm.org                                                          amonsibaez@urm.org

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125 YEARS WELCOMING PEOPLE INTO OUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT UNION RESCUE MISSION

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (November, 2016) —- Union Rescue Mission For the first time in our 125 year history, women and children outnumber men in our building by more than 200! There are twice as many single women at Union Rescue Mission as last year. We have more families than during the Great Recession when our resources were pushed to the limit.   Union Rescue Mission CEO, Rev. Andy Bales said, “We are so thankful to you and honored that we can enable families and individuals to be in our home for this Thanksgiving when the needs are so great.”

We would like to include a special thank you to the United Talent Agency, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Marc Mills,Chef Merito, Herbalife, cast and crew of The Bold & the Beautiful, and to the Los Angeles Galaxy team who will help host our KIDZONE! Surprise celebrity guests are expected!!!

Media Note: Media Live Shot Opportunity starts Friday, November 18th at 8:00 a.m. through midnight for visual of 500 turkeys flavored by CHEF MERITO being deep fried in front of URM’s loading dock in preparation to be served to the thousands of men, women and families experiencing homelessness on Skid Row.

Thanksgiving Celebration activities will get underway promptly at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19,

 2016 inside Union Rescue Mission located at (545 South San Pedro Street Los Angeles, CA 90013).

 

 

Schedule of Events & Photo Opportunities

500 turkeys being deep fried starting at 8:00 a.m. Friday November 18th in front URM on Skid Row.

Saturday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. URM’s Annual Thanksgiving Meal Served (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

11:00 a.m. – Desert Bar

11:15 a.m. – Kids Fun Zone (URM Gym 3rd floor) 11:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

                                                                         

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit www.urm.org.

 

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

125 Year Anniversary Celebration

CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker
(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562
VP of Public Relations
kwalker@urm.org

or
Alexandra Monsibaez
(213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758
PR Coordinator
amonsibaez@urm.org

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Los Angeles California (October 2016) On Monday October 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Union Rescue Mission will be celebrating 125 years of serving people experiencing homelessness in the City of Angels. CEO Andy Bales says, “We are coming together with our friends and supporters to celebrate 125 years of greater healing”

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Alfonso Ribiero
Master of Ceremonies

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Shalyah Fearing
“The Voice”

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Andy Bales CEO
Union Rescue Mission

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Scott Minerd, Honoree
Guggenheim Partners

This evening is made possible with a special thank you to all of our sponsors Tim and Lisa Sloan, Silvia and Kevin Dretzka, Watt Companies, and The Bettie Gordon Neale Foundation. This celebratory event promises to include personalities, special guest hosts, and sponsors all with the goal to raise awareness to help precious people experiencing homelessness. Union Rescue Mission alongside volunteers, guests, donors, and special honorees to commemorate 125 years of life transformation.

For tickets please contact our Event Coordinator Karmen Herring at kherring@urm.org
For special VIP seating for media contact kwalker@urm.org, or amonsibaez@urm.org

About URM
URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living. URM was recently rated 4.0 by Charity Navigator along with 100% rating in Transparency and Accountability. Union Rescue Mission is the only emergency shelter that accepts single women and families with children.

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center
Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women. In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

Twitter: @URM
Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA
Instagram: @UnionRescueMission
Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

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WATCH FOR THE UNION RESCUE MISSION GOSPEL WAGON IN THE 2017 ROSE PARADE

13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Pre-PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

CONTACT:

Kitty Davis-Walker                                    or                 Alexandra Monsibaez

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                      (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758

VP of Public Relations                                                   PR Coordinator

kwalker@urm.org                                                              amonsibaez@urm.org

13th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS IN JULY

JULY 13th 2016

 

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA (July 2016) On Wednesday July 13th 2016, Union Rescue Mission (URM) will host their 13th Annual Christmas in July thanks to their longtime partner SUBWAY® Restaurants!  Christmas in July will feature fun games, prizes, and face painting!  Over 200 kids of all ages from URM and Hope Gardens Family Center will be treated to 20 TONS OF SNOW!

 

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“Christmas in July” is sponsored by SUBWAY® Restaurants who will cater lunch for all of the families, along with cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, and special guest appearance from Santa Claus in Bermuda shorts because it is July after all! The fun begins at 10:00am so watch out for flying snow balls and lots of fun for hundreds of deserving children experiencing homelessness on Skidrow.

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“I am not sure who has the most fun, our precious kids, their moms who jump in and become like kids again, our Union Rescue Mission staff, SUBWAY, or me? This event leaves smiles on our faces for weeks!”  says Andy Bales, Union Rescue Mission Chief Executive Officer

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Media Photo Opportunities:   

  • Children playing in the Snow 10:00 a.m.
  • Santa Claus arrives at URM    11:15 am
  • SUBWAY Caters Lunch to the Children 12:00 noon

 

About URM

URM is one of the largest missions of its kind in America — bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. URM provides comprehensive emergency and long-term recovery services to our guests to help them escape the dangerous streets of Skid Row and transition from homelessness to independent living.

 

About URM’s Hope Gardens Family Center

Nestled in the foothills of the Angeles national forest, HGFC offers a peaceful setting and transitional living to moms, children, a number of single women and permanent supportive housing to senior women.  In addition to food and shelter, HGFC offers the real help women need to escape homelessness forever, long-term rehabilitation programs, job training, counseling, training and encouragement.

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission

$25,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM WAL*MART

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

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CONTACT:

Kitty Davis-Walker                                        or                   Alexandra Monsibaez

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562                          (213)673-4882 or (213)200-1758

VP of Public Relations                                                         PR Coordinator

kwalker@urm.org                                                                 amonsibaez@urm.org

UNION RESCUE MISSION RECEIVES A $25,000 DOLLAR GRANT FROM WAL*MART FOR ITS JOBS PROGRAM!

LOS ANGELES CALIF. (May, 2016) — Union Rescue Mission was recently awarded a $25,000 dollar grant to support its Jobs and Workforce Development Program! This Program provides practical help to men and women experiencing homelessness prepare for, find, secure and keep employment. Its goal is to help people experiencing homelessness achieve economic stability and independence through employment by eliminating barriers that keep them trapped in poverty, unemployment and homelessness!

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“At URM we strive to help our guests experience a life transformed, followed by a job, followed by a home. Thanks to Wal*Mart for playing a crucial role in this effort. Nothing ends homelessness like a job” said Reverend Andy Bales CEO of Union Rescue Mission.

Media Photo Opportunities: At Check Presentation!           

About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving people experiencing homelessness. Established in 1891, URM is one of the largest rescue missions of its kind in the United States and is the oldest in Los Angeles.  It provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing; medical and dental care; Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to needy men, women, children and families.  For more information, please visit www.urm.org.

Twitter: @URM

Facebook: www.fb.com/UnionRescueMissionLA

Instagram: @UnionRescueMission

Youtube: www.youtube.com/UnionRescueMission