Union Rescue Mission to Hold Annual Thanksgiving Street Festival

MEDIA ALERT – For Immediate Release


CONTACT: Kitty Davis-Walker

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

Email: kwalker@urm.org





LOS ANGELES CALIF. (November 17, 2009) —– This Saturday November 21, 2009 Union Rescue Mission (URM), CEO Andy Bales will be joined by 300 volunteers at 11: 00 a.m. to transform San Pedro Street into a diners paradise.  This year’s festival is sponsored by Bank of America/Merrill Lynch and will feature a delicious Thanksgiving meal, live entertainment, lots of give-a-ways and a Kids Zone that’s sure to be a big hit with children and those acting like children.  

URM staff and volunteers will serve up plates of Cajun fried and Oven Roasted Turkey, stuffing with gravy, mash potato’s, green bean casserole, candied yams and much more to over 3,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness on Skid Row this holiday season. Herbalife’s Smoothie mobile will also be on hand serving their signature smoothies.

Union Rescue Mission’s CEO Andy Bales said “We are honored to invite all of our friends experiencing homelessness over for this very special Thanksgiving dinner, made and served with love!  We hope that it will be a life changing event and one that starts the journey home for many.  Thanks to our community for providing the resources to make this possible!”


When:                  Saturday, November 21, 2009.  200 Turkeys will be deep fried on San Pedro St.

                                  beginning @ 1:30 a.m.

Event Time:    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where:                Union Rescue Mission

                                  545 South San Pedro Street (between 5th & 6th on San Pedro)

Why:                    Union Rescue Mission along with major sponsor Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, and

                                KJLH Radio Free will continue to bring people together as long as there is a need for

                                hope & healing. 

Note: The visuals of 20 turkey fryers cooking 200 turkeys in the middle of the night (1:30 a.m.) for people experiencing homeless is a great photo & film opportunity.  Also, the Kid Zone activities, rock climbing, bouncers, arts & crafts and interactive games.


About Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and homeless. 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 our website urm.org