HOMELESSNESS IS DEVASTATING COMMUNITIES nationwide but nowhere more than in Los Angeles. We now have more than 52,000 men, women, and children living on Skid Row and throughout Los Angeles County each day. We see our precious neighbors devastated by homelessness as people in great need of God’s love.
That’s why we embrace each person with the compassion of Christ. Because when the light of Christ shines through us, lives are changed — physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Please download a copy of our Annual Report and see how you and others are making a difference in the lives of God’s people.
Thank you & God bless you!
REV. ANDY BALES
Chief Executive Officer
At Union Rescue Mission, we embrace men, women, and children devastated by homelessness with the compassion of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to give them hope and healing for a changed life – and help them find their way home.
To do so, we offer Four Levels of Service: Outreach, Emergency Services, Transformation, and Restoration
Throughout the year, we organize water walks and holiday events, as well as collaborate with local churches and organizations to co-host community activities.
We also provide 3 meals a day in addition to, dental, medical, legal, and emergency services. Folks on the street can also come in and get much-needed clothing, hygiene kits, and showers, available at no cost.
We do these outreach services because we believe in extending the hand of God beyond our walls and to those suffering on the street.
URM is one of the nation’s largest providers of continuous emergency shelter services.
We are also one of the only organizations in Los Angeles that offers help for single men, single women, single mothers with children, single fathers with children, two-parent families, and even families with teenaged children devastated by homelessness.
FOOD – We serve an average of 3,500 warm, nutritious meals each day, three times a day, every day of the year.
SHELTER – Each night, hundreds of men, women, and children find a warm bed and safety from the dangerous streets. Union Rescue Mission serves 375 single women, 186 families, 140 children & 450 single men.
CLOTHING – Friends of URM graciously donate clothing for people devastated by homelessness. We distribute this clothing to men, women, and children who may arrive with little more than the clothes on their back.
DAY CENTER – URM is open every day to provide a safe place for hundreds of men, women, and children with nowhere else to go. We provide separate spaces for men and women with closed courtyards and assembly areas that offer safe refuge from the streets of Skid Row.
PERSONAL HYGIENE – Restrooms, hot showers, and personal hygiene supplies are available to our guests. We also supply diapers for mothers and their children.
ANDRE AND MAGGIE ETHIER LEARNING CENTER – One of the greatest needs among people devastated by homelessness is access to educational resources. The Andre and Maggie Ethier Learning Center, which was renovated in 2014 through a generous grant from Andre Ethier of the Los Angeles Dodgers and his wife Maggie, is equipped with 30 computer terminals and is available to all guests. The Learning Center provides services including Microsoft certification courses, basic math and English skills instruction, computer literacy, and GED preparation.
FAMILY COMMUNITY CENTER – This is a special place where mothers and children can stay off the streets and enjoy one-on-one interaction or find a quiet space where a tired toddler can nap or a mother can rock her baby to sleep. We provide books, games, toys, puzzles, and crafts.
Union Rescue Mission is committed to helping individuals overcome the addictions and other issues that have devastated their lives. We offer a first step to recovery through one of the following life-transformation programs:
CHRISTIAN LIFE DISCIPLESHIP PROGRAM: Union Rescue Mission’s year-long plan doesn’t just focus on one part of a man’s life; we believe it’s important to affect his entire life – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social. We provide men in our program with Bible-based recovery classes, personal counseling, vocational training, physical fitness, financial planning, anger management, addiction education, access to dental and medical care, and more.
GATEWAY PROJECT: The Gateway Project is a program designed for single men and women who need more than our Emergency Services to get back on their feet but cannot or do not need our longer term programs. In addition to 24/7 safe shelter, three meals a day, and access to health and dental services, men and women enrolled receive the opportunity to attend life skills classes, career counseling, a personal storage locker for their belongings and ongoing case management.
HOPE GARDENS FAMILY PROGRAM: No child should be raised on the dangerous, unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. The number of women and children on Skid Row has increased a staggering 111%. That’s why we’ve become the only mission on Skid Row that will never turn away a woman or child. We are also the only mission on Skid Row to create a satellite facility, Hope Gardens Family Center, specifically designed for women and children. Through the Hope Gardens Family Program, single mothers gain the skills and necessary resources to recover from past trauma while planning for the future and preparing to maintain permanent housing. Program participants receive onsite therapy, life skills and parenting education, finance and job training, educational and social support, child care, three daily meals, and transportation assistance.
In order to truly erase homelessness, it’s important to address all the needs – physical, spiritual, and mental – of every man, woman, and child who comes through our doors.
Union Rescue Mission works in collaboration with USC, UCLA and Pepperdine University to provide on-site services to residents and community members. This holistic approach to healing helps those devastated by homelessness overcome issues and ailments of the past so that they are better equipped to create a new future.