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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

This organization is determined to help homeless people in Los Angeles and they succeed. They put special emphasis on homeless people with kids and they have their own place, called Hope Gardens, several miles away from Skid Row so the families will not have to put up with the drug dealers and other crime of Skid Row. Even with the bad parts of Skid Row being all around the Skid Row mission building, the volunteers and program participants in the Skid Row part are uniquely inspiring. I'm proud to be a contributor and a volunteer.


Rating: 5

Have been following this group for many years, they are making a very real difference to those in need in Los Angeles. Truly an inspiration!