There is no doubt that we had some heartaches in 2008; a robbery and fire, some tragic deaths, losses that are too tough to even write about, but I wanted to start off 2008 with a blog that lists some of the past year’s highlights!
- Obtained Conditional Use Permit for Hope Gardens Family Center
- Moved families into Hope Gardens Family Center
- Saluted former CEO Warren Currie and named the first completed residential buildings at Hope Gardens Family Center – Currie Court – in honor of Warren and his family.
- Received $1 Million each from Weingart, Ahmanson and Lincy Foundations for Hope Gardens Family Center
- Union Rescue Mission appeared on Dateline, Prime Time, Anderson Cooper 360, 60 Minutes, and a pivotal scene in Oscar nominated major motion picture SiCKO (along with Economist Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and many other media/publications)
- Union Rescue Mission was given a 4 Star rating by Charity Navigator for the first time
- Chief Financial Officer Richard Sykes was named one of the top Non-Profit CFO’s by Los Angeles Business Journal
- EIMAGO, Inc., our non-profit public benefit organization affiliate, capable of receiving government funding, reorganized to be of benefit to Union Rescue Mission’s specific Mission – including additional winter shelter for 560 homeless friends!
- Union Rescue Mission/EIMAGO steps up to take on 4 new winter shelter contracts – in our downtown shelter site, West Side, Culver City, and Burbank, making sure 560 additional folks aren’t left out in winter rain and cold
- Union Rescue Mission is certified excellent by the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM)
- Our 2006 Annual Report received 1st place at AGRM International Conference in May 2007
- CEO Andy Bales was named one of top 3 fundraising professionals in Los Angeles by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at National Philanthropy Day
- Union Rescue Mission, its Capital Campaign, and affiliate EIMAGO raised the most funds in one year since 1992, when a large bequest came to URM to enable URM to build its current facility downtown
- Union Rescue Mission hosts our best Christmas Store to date. 400 families celebrated Christmas in a very special way. Take a look at what it meant in the life of one special family
What were your highlights in 2007?
What are your hopes for 2008?