Earlier this month we began what will be a year long celebration of Union Rescue Mission’s 120th birthday! You’ll hear more about our plans in the coming months but as 2011 comes to end, I thought you would appreciate this quote from our history library:
“At a time when bread was only a nickel a loaf, thousands of men, women and children went without. Union Rescue Mission was there for them. In 1910 we served 5,693 meals and helped 875 men find jobs”.
Some might read this and be discouraged. After all, bread costs a lot more than a nickel and men, women and children are still going without. But for me, this passage from our history is encouraging reminder of God’s affirmation of our work and His love for people experiencing homelessness. He has faithfully sustained this ministry for 120 years through wonderful people like you. I’m humbled and blessed to work alongside you.
Our work here is far from complete. According to the latest counts, the number of precious people living on Skid Row has doubled since last year. By years end, URM will have served over 1 million meals. Thankfully, we have 120 years of victory in the midst of challenge under our belt. We will continue to embrace people experiencing homelessness with the compassion of Christ – giving hope and healing for a changed life – helping them find their way home.
Union Rescue Mission needs to raise $3.5 million by the end of the year to meet the needs of the men, women and children we currently serve; move forward with the expansion of our Women’s Life Transformation Program; and implement a robust Job Training, Job Development and Job Placement Program!
As you consider your final year-end contribution to Union Rescue Mission, I have some exciting news to share with you. One of our faithful, generous friends has offered to match every gift we receive between now and December 31st up to $200,000. This means any amount you share will go twice as far. Thank you in advance for giving generously.
May God bless you!
Rev. Andy Bales