Housing, Shelter

Union Rescue Mission

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • http://www.urm.org

Mission Statement

We embrace people experiencing homelessness with the compassion of Christ, giving hope and healing for a changed life, helping them to find their way home. Union Rescue Mission is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the lives of the homeless and poor in Los Angeles by seeking to empower them to break the cycle of poverty and become self-sufficient. Union Rescue Mission is one of the oldest and largest missions of its kind in the United States and the oldest in Los Angeles. Nutritious meals, hot showers, warm beds, clothing, shoes, haircuts, a safe place, and a listening ear are a few of the things URM offers men, women and children everyday. Our first priority is to meet basic needs, and then to assist in finding ways for one to get back on their feet. Most services are free of charge.

Main Programs

  1. Men's Life Transformation Program
  2. Women's Second Step Program
  3. Hope Gardens Family Program
  4. Emergency (First Step) Gateway Shelter and Services
  5. Permanent Supportive Housing for Senior Women
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We are located in downtown Los Angeles, serving the City and County of Los Angeles.  However, homeless people come to the mission from far and wide to seek shelter, food and life transformation program services.

ruling year

1935

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2006

Self-reported

Rev. Andrew (Andy) Bales, M.A.T.

Keywords

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homeless, shelter, addiction, recovery, Christian, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, food, clothing, residential programs, childrens programs, children, men, women, families, seniors

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EIN

95-1709293

Physical Address

545 S San Pedro St

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Temporary Shelter For the Homeless (L41)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

Christian (X20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Union Rescue Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to quality care.  Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest rescue Missions of its kind in the U.S. and the oldest in Los Angeles.  We provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services, including food, shelter, clothing, medical care, dental care, Christian recovery programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, counseling, and job training for men, women, children and families.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Men's Life Transformation Program

A residential transitional living and recovery program focused on helping broken men to build new lives. Grounded on a solid biblical foundation, the program addresses the root cause of homelessness and offers lasting solutions to men as they move out of addiction and despair and back in the community as productive members of society.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$2,888,000.00

Program 2

Women's Second Step Program

A residential living transitional housing program for homeless single women moving towards self-sufficiency, yet in need of supportive services and staff during the transition. Care plans may include: budgeting, life skills, and relationship classes; employment training, work therapy, or volunteer job assignments; additional access to housing services and referrals and mental, dental, and/or physical health clinics; Bible Study or biblical counseling; and nutrition.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$333,000.00

Program 3

Hope Gardens Family Program

A long-term residential program providing the following holistic supportive services for strengthening families living in transition: case management, medical health support, counseling, job training, adult education, 12-step group support meetings; nursery, pre-school, and after school tutoring onsite and local child education partnerships. Families complete the program once out of debt, employment secured, and sufficient income is saved. Establishing a permanent residence of their own is addressed in their housing exit strategy and a mentor in the community assists with the transition.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$4,222,000.00

Program 4

Emergency (First Step) Gateway Shelter and Services

Providing for the basic emergency needs of homeless individuals: food, clean clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, mail/phone service, safety, spiritual encouragement, internet cafe, and individual counseling/assessment. Four clinics are also offered on-site addressing legal, physical health, mental health, and dental needs.

Category

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$3,176,000.00

Program 5

Permanent Supportive Housing for Senior Women

Not available

Category

None

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We are located in downtown Los Angeles, serving the City and County of Los Angeles.  However, homeless people come to the mission from far and wide to seek shelter, food and life transformation program services.

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UNION RESCUE MISSION
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Union Rescue Mission

Leadership

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rev. Andrew (Andy) Bales, M.A.T.

BIO

Over 28 years of community outreach and service experience to his “homeless friends”, Andy’s innovation leads the historical URM of Los Angeles into its 120th year. One early challenge Andy addressed was developing permanent supportive housing for vulnerable senior women and transitional housing for mothers and their children living homeless in Skid Row. In FY2007, Hope Gardens Family Center opened.  Andy's present focus is organizing and working with community partners to make a commitment to ending homelessness in Los Angeles by a significant number within the next 7 years.Andy has received several awards, including the 930th Point of Light by President George Bush and the 1999 Des Moines NAACP Community Service Award. Andy was recently named the 2011 Fundraising professional of the year by Fundraising Success Magazine for fundraising achievement in 2010.  Andy’s academic credentials include: M.A.T. from Drake University, BA in Theology from Bethel College, 50 hours toward a Ph.D. in sociology from ISU. A Doctor of Ministry will be finished soon.

STATEMENT FROM THE Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

"As I walk the streets of Skid Row, it looks like a sea of broken hearts.  Families priced out of housing, victims of foreclosure, breadwinners downsized out of jobs, women battered out of relationships.  Most have never experienced homelessness before.  We are providing a 45% increase in services over the last two years.  Over 300% more families than we saw in 2008.  If there was ever a time to reach out to our community for help, that time is now.  It is a time for a re-birth of our city's compassion and a time to step up and help those less fortunate.  We are counting on that help today at Union Rescue Mission."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

David Dow Board Chair

CBS News Correspondent (Retired)

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?


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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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