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Andy BalesHomelessness is devastating communities nationwide, but nowhere more than in Los Angeles. We now have more than 58,000 men, women, and children living on Skid Row and throughout Los Angeles County each day. We see our neighbors experiencing 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, spiritually, and vocationally. 

My prayer is that you would find hope and inspiration as you read this year's annual report, dedicated to people who have experienced physical, emotional, spiritual, and vocational transformation as a result of your partnership. 

Please click here to download this year's annual report. 

As you read this year's annual report, I think you'll agree these are exciting times at Union Rescue Mission - not only because of what we've accomplished together but also where we're headed. 

Blessings, 

Rev. Andy Bales, CEO



  The first step to hope  

When our guests arrive at Emergency Guest Services, they have a safe place to rest their heads, three meals a day, showers, haircuts, and a clean change of clothes. Counseling and medical care are also available, along with the opportunity to enter one of our long-term recovery programs.

Your impact in 2017 at a glance
1,104,080  Lifesaving meals served at Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles and Hope Gardens Family Center

447,773 Nights of safe shelter for men, women, single moms, and families

10,229 People received medical and dental care



  When it’s time for a change  

For those who are serious about changing their lives, the Gateway Project offers more personalized and comprehensive solutions to the issues that are affecting the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Participants have access to health and dental services, and life-skills classes, in addition to three meals a day and a bed each night. Ongoing case management ensures that these people are working toward getting themselves off the streets for good.

Your impact in 2017 at a glance
320 Individuals are in the Gateway Project each night
684 Gateway participants currently employed
171 Gateway guests transitioned to long-term housing during 2017



 

 Difficult…but worth it  

For those who are serious about changing their lives, the Gateway Project offers more personalized and comprehensive solutions to the issues that are affecting the lives of those experiencing homelessness. Participants have access to health and dental services, and life-skills classes, in addition to three meals a day and a bed each night. Ongoing case management ensures that these people are working toward getting themselves off the streets for good.

Your impact in 2017 at a glance
320 Individuals are in the Gateway Project each night
684 Gateway participants currently employed
171 Gateway guests transitioned to long-term housing during 2017




  For the sake of the children  

No child should be raised on the dangerous, unforgiving streets of Los Angeles. That’s why we created Hope Gardens Family Center — offering sanctuary to single women and children who are experiencing homelessness. This ministry helps women transition from homelessness to independence over a period of 12 to 36 months by offering long-term rehabilitation programs, services, and spiritual care.

Your impact in 2017 at a glance
2,028 Women enrolled in life-changing programs
1,270 Moms with children rescued from the streets
3,137 Children given a chance to succeed





  Volunteers: the hand and feet of Jesus  

We’re so grateful to our volunteers — who show God’s love in so many amazing ways to people who need it the most. There wouldn’t be a Union Rescue Mission without each of you. Thank you for pouring your lives into making tomorrow better for those experiencing homelessness in our community.

Want to join our team of volunteers? Sign up online at urm.org/get-involved/volunteer and see how good it feels to make a difference!

Volunteer impact in 2017 at a glance
26,322 Men, women, and families volunteered at Union Rescue Mission and Hope Gardens
118,952 Total hours of service




  Our 2017 Annual Income   

Sources of Income
74% Contributions — $22,746,000
12% Gifts in Kind — $3,834,000
  5% Bequests/Planned Giving — $1,557,000
  4% Investments/Other Income — $1,154,000
  3% Events — $887,000
  2% Thrift Store Revenue — $561,000




Where your donations go

76% Program Services — $16,804,000
15% Fundraising — $3,324,000
9% Management/General — $1,873,000

 

If this has inspired you to partner with Union Rescue Mission in transforming lives, please join us and walk to fight homelessness!