The Mission — August 2018

The Mission — August 2018

DOUBLY DANGEROUS

In a million years, Amanda couldn’t have imagined her life would end up this way. Even though she grew up in a broken home, she shined at everything she tried. She played soccer, sang in the choir, and excelled academically — graduating from high school a year early.

Then she began dating an older guy who introduced her to drugs and alcohol, and her life hit a wall… Read More »

The Mission — July 2018

The Mission — July 2018

TRANSFORMING FAMILIES: BREAKING THE CYCLE OF ABUSE

In late 2007, Krysta hit her proverbial rock bottom with a thud. After a lifetime of instability, abuse, chaos, and drugs, the 27-year-old single mom left her kids with family and called Canyon Country Park, in Santa Clarita, “home.” She spent the next year in yet another abusive relationship, sleeping on the wet ground or in cars, and staying high to avoid the hunger and the misery… Read More »

The Mission — June 2018

The Mission — June 2018

RESCUING THE CHILDREN OF “KID ROW”

The city of Los Angeles is suffering under the weight of an unprecedented crisis of homelessness. Almost 58,000 men, women, and children have no place to call home. “Skid Row is a crazy place,” says Anthony, a 17-year-old youth who lives at Union Rescue Mission on Skid Row with his mom. “When I first got here, I was scared. The things you see outside…kids shouldn’t be seeing that.” Read More »

The Mission — May 2018

The Mission — May 2018

CAN ONE MAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE? GREG DID.

The city of Los Angeles is suffering under the weight of an unprecedented crisis of homelessness. Almost 58,000 men, women, and children have no place to call home, and the vast majority of them are now living in cars, abandoned buildings, tents on sidewalks in parks, and worse.

Many people in Los Angeles think the problem is bad, that there’s nothing they can do. Greg’s life proves them wrong. But he had to stop making excuses before he saw the miracles… Read More »

The Mission — April 2018

The Mission — April 2018

WHEN LOVE IS LOST, LOVE IS THE ANSWER

By the age of 9, everyone Oscar ever loved had died. Drugs helped him stop crying. But would he ever find healing?

“When I was 5 years old, life was good. I was an only child and my parents cherished me. Life was one big party. But the party crashed that year when my mother was murdered. I was too young to understand much about God, but I had issues with Him from that point on. Then it got worse…” Read More »

The Mission — March 2018

The Mission — March 2018

A FAMILY TRANSFORMED BY FAITH — AND YOU!

Every Easter, Christians celebrate the death and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior. It’s a powerful story about a tragic, horrifying death and glorious new life. It’s the story of Jesus Christ.

And it’s the story of a 23-year-old single father of three at Union Rescue Mission… Read More »

The Mission — February 2018

The Mission — February 2018

THEY CALL HER MAMA

Marsha was once one of many single mothers experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Today, she’s come full circle.

Her name is Marsha, but everyone on Skid Row called her “Mama.” It’s more than a label or role. “Mama” is a medal of honor covering a scarred heart that beats rivers of compassion for people who live here — especially women. When Mama would walk down these streets, people set aside their pipes and needles, laid down their cigarettes, and stood. Because Mama was walking by… Read More »

Kenneth Chancey: Escaping Homelessness

“I share my story for my brothers and sisters who are still on the streets, to let them know that escaping the darkness is possible. I share my story to shine a light of hope which is too often overlooked.”

Kenneth Chancey first experienced homelessness at the age of 11, and was a sophomore in high school when his family moved into Union Rescue Mission.

Kenneth was a recipient of the 2017 Dare to Dream Award, and today he works for the City of Los Angeles as a Legislative Deputy to Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson.

Please watch his inspiring speech from the Dare to Dream Gala to learn more about how he was able to overcome adversity thanks to the generous support of donors like YOU, who are making a direct impact in the lives of so many.

As Kenneth states in his moving speech, “Helping people house their families, educate their children, and caring for the sick is not an act of charity, but for too many people it may be a lifeline of support that helps them hold on to their life!

The Mission — December 2017

The Mission — December 2017

It really is going to be a happy new year!

Lydia endured a lifetime of pain, suffering, abandonment, and violence. But thanks to you, she has the chance to build a new life and a happier future in 2018!
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Emergency Donations Needed: Fire at Hope Gardens

As a result of a devastating fire on Tuesday, December 5th, Hope Garden families were forced to evacuate their homes and temporarily relocate to Union Rescue Mission. As a result, our families are in desperate need of the following items. Monetary donations are also accepted (https://urm.org/hope-gardens-emergency/)

  1. Blow up mattress (300)
  2. Twin sheet sets (300)
  3. Pillows (300)
  4. Blankets (300)
  5. Clothing
  6. Socks (kids sizes)
  7. Hygiene
  • Tooth paste
  • Tooth brush
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Hair brush
  • Q-tips
  • Lotion
  1. Feminine hygiene
  2. Diapers all sizes
  3. Baby wipes
  4. Underwear for women and children all sizes
  5. Milk
  6. Cereal
  7. Protein of all kinds (eggs, peanut butter, beans)
  8. Snacks/juices for kids
  9. Water
  10. Womens and kids sweats (neutral colors)
  11. Towels
  12. Body Wash