The Mission – June 2017

The Mission – June 2017Learning To Live

Odir never really had a childhood. After years of feeling unwanted and abused, and bullied through school, it’s no wonder he turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain. But God wasn’t finished with Odir. And one single moment of absolute clarity changed everything…Read More »

Cycle to Save Lives

Cycle to Save LivesA friend of both URM CEO Andy Bales & Union Rescue Mission has offered a $250,000 matching gift to, if Andy, who recently received a new prosthetic lower right leg, would ride from downtown Los Angeles to Sacramento on his days off in June, & invite his friends to join him along the way as they can, either on their bikes or via social media, or by financially supporting guests.

Andy is hoping friends of URM will support the ride, not only to help make up a huge $3.6 Million shortfall caused by the huge increase in homelessness in LA & our best attempt to meet the demand, but also to send a message to our leaders that precious people living on our streets is Unacceptable!

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This will be the route starting this Saturday June 10 & 11th, beginning downtown LA at City Hall, South Lawn Sidewalk at Sunrise, 5:16 AM. Andy will communicate the following ride dates & where he is on the route via Andy Bales Facebook Page & Andy Bales Fan Page Union Rescue Mission Fan Page & Andy Bales on Strava &

Other likely ride dates are June 16th, 17th, 18th, possibly 19th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 30th & July 1-3 if needed. :)

We will pick up each time where we left off. I’ll communicate this clearly through social media mentioned above, as well as our fundraising progress. If you can join me, bring plenty of water, food, and perhaps a bedroll. There will be very little support along the way except for a few kind friends, & experiencing homelessness along the way may be inevitable. I guess that is part of the point & experience of the ride.

Email Andy or you want more information. Or call 626-260-4761.

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The Mission – May 2017

The Mission – May 2017A Mom’s Second Chance

Drugs and bad choices cost Claudia everything, including her children. Then, Hope Gardens Family Center gave her a second chance. See how your help led to a miracle in this month’s eNewsletter. Read More »

The Mission – April 2017

The Miracle in the Mirror

After a lifelong battle with drugs and alcohol, Ronald felt defeated. He needed help. So he came to Union Rescue Mission, where he quickly discovered a village filled with caring, supportive people. See how your help led to a miracle in this month’s eNewsletter. Read More »

What does it take to get someone off Skid Row for good?

Like many people experiencing homelessness, our guests often ask themselves, “What will happen to me when I leave here?” Without a job, it’s very likely that they’ll up right back where they started… on Skid Row, addicted to drugs or alcohol, or living without hope.

URM’s Employment Program offers precious men and women the skills, encouragement and connections they need to become self-sufficient and break the cycle of poverty. Last year alone, more than 100 men and women in our program found full-time jobs, thanks to you.

Kimjoy, a Hope Gardens Family Center resident, started a new job the day after graduating with an Associate’s degree. Today she is working toward becoming a Licensed Clinical SocialWorker. “I have more years of amazing stuff ahead!” she says.

There’s “amazing stuff ahead” for every guest in our Employment Program.

Your online gift today will help provide training and classes, help with resumes and interviews, professional clothing, job referrals, employment opportunities and mentoring from the local business community.

This year, let’s help even more precious men and women get off Skid Row for good!

2016 Christmas Store Press Release

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release


Kitty Davis-Walker, VP of Public Relations

(213) 673-4585 or (213) 507-5562


Alexandra Monsibaez, PR Coordinator

(213) 673-4882 or (213) 200-1758




Thursday December 15th

Families in Need Invited to Shop for FREE”


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!


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.


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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


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


Instagram: @UnionRescueMission


State of Emergency – Update

We need your help. I need your help.

20140930_0300We have 500 more precious souls under our roofs at Union Rescue Mission than we did last year at this time. Incredibly, almost all of that increase has been single women and women with children.

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.

We made a choice long ago to never turn away a family from our doors nor ever leave a woman on the mean streets of Skid Row. Homelessness devastates children. What happens to women on the streets is horrendous. My heart won’t let me. Our hearts won’t let us.

20140930_0303Union Rescue Mission is now the only Mission that welcomes families with children.

Not only are we the only downtown shelter for families with children, we are also the only shelter for single women. Because of this commitment to families, community and government agencies from throughout Los Angeles County are referring them here. Union Rescue Mission has become Los Angeles’ emergency response to homelessness.

Our commitment to embrace all with the compassion of Christ has called us to welcome 1,300 guests under our roofs each night. Tonight, more than 260 children will go to sleep at Union Rescue Mission.

img_8055We are now at capacity as a Mission.

To properly care for 1,300 men, women and children, we need to add $580,000 to our budget. This would allow us to increase our staff and expand our resources. Without these additional funds, we will need to exit our guest men to make room for the women and children.

I do not want that to happen. I know you don’t want that to happen, either.

Please make a donation today to make a way for Union Rescue Mission to continue welcoming all who come to our doors.