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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: We assist people experiencing homelessness by providing a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to vulnerable men, women, children, and families.

Programs: Community outreach programs - the mission operates a donation program where donated goods are received and utilized to supplement purchased goods associated with providing resources in the shelter and recovery programs. Not all donations can be utilized by the mission in which case they are distributed to numerous non-profit organizations throughout southern california.

shelter services - union rescue mission (urm) is one of the largest rescue missions in the united states located in downtown los angeles skid row. Commonly known as the "homeless capital of the nation" urm provided 695,302 meals and 284,372 nights of shelter to individuals and families. In addition, urm provides case management; medical, dental and mental health care; a legal clinic; a learning center, internet centers; job skills training and vocational preparation. Urm provides these services not only to single men and women but mothers and fathers with children, and two parent families. Hope gardens is another housing location far away from the harsh influences of skid row providing single mothers with children a safe, nurturing and pleasant rural environment. This facility offers single mothers a chance to start over in an environment intended to uplift them spiritually and to succeed emotionally, physically, educationally and financially. In addition, hope gardens offers permanent housing to elderly women experiencing homelessness providing an enriched lifestyle filled with educational and social activities. The women's program at hope gardens produces a new, healthy, productive life, free from past life encumbrances resulting in a transition to permanent homes. As a christian organization, biblical principles and values are incorporated into all programs.

recovery - the mission offers a transformational discipleship program with the intent of helping people leave skid row, reunite with their families, and begin productive lives in a local community. Depending on the needs of an individual, the mission offers a 12 month intensive program that includes 2,000 hours of a biblical 12 step study, bible study, recovery classes, work therapy, individual counseling, learning center classes and physical fitness classes. Also, participants attend classes in addiction education, anger management, relapse prevention, financial stewardship, vocational preparation and leadership training. This intense program is followed by a transitional/apprenticeship phase from 6 to 24 months to assist graduates in becoming employed, accumulating a savings and securing housing.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

AlanBaron888

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is by far one of the greatest nonprofit Ive encountered and researched. Everything is transparent with this organization and they are really making a difference in battling homelessness and keeping families especially women and children off the streets. They have a lot of success stories on Youtube you can watch. All of those people are real because I have personally met a few of them. I've also met the CEO and Rev Andrew Bales and he is truly an inspiration to many and to me personally as well. He is a great guy to be around and the homeless people of LA is truly lucky to have a guy like Andrew fighting for them!

I have volunteered for their breakfast and lunch service and its a great way to get started with this organization. You have to first sign up and go through orientation which is a couple of hours and you will really get an understanding of what they do and what kind of opportunities are available for you to volunteer. They also just launched an automated system to make signing up easy and simple. Here's the link: https://www.cervistech.com/acts/console.php?console_id=0267&console_type=event