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

The Mission — November 2017

The Mission — November 2017

TROI SHARES IN HER OWN WORDS WHY CHRISTMAS IS SPECIAL AGAIN

I was 21 when I experienced my first Christmas ever. Growing up as a Jehovah’s Witness, we didn’t celebrate holidays — no birthdays, no Christmases, no presents, nothing…
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The Mission — October 2017

The Mission — October 2017

A NEW FAMILY FOR THANKSGIVING

Darrell lost everyone who was closest to him. His dad, who decided he didn’t love his family anymore. His wife, when she lost her fight against cancer. His best friend, unexpectedly. It taught Darrell he should never get too close — and to look for love at the bottom of a bottle of booze. But when Darrell found himself homeless, he knew he needed to make a change…
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The Mission — September 2017

The Mission — September 2017

Thanksgiving in “The Pit”

James spent 18 years living in “The Pit” — Skid Row. Today, thanks to you, he serves meals — filled with love — to those he left behind. Read More »