Looking back on Union Rescue Mission’s 125th year of service, I wonder if Lyman Stewart would recognize the ministry he founded back in 1891. What would he think of the hard drugs and violence on L.A.’s Skid Row? Or of the unprecedented spike in the number of women and children seeking shelter at URM?
Homelessness is an increasingly challenging and complex issue. The sheer numbers have increased tremendously over the years. However, the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the precious souls we serve are very much the same, driving our Core Values of Respect, Relate, Redeem and Restore.
And one very important thing hasn’t changed at all; that’s hope.
Following in the footsteps of Mr. Stewart and each of URM’s leaders since 1891, we invite people experiencing homelessness to come into a healthy community that embraces the individual and offers them the hope of lasting life transformation through Jesus Christ.
I pray that you’ll continue to stand with us as we do whatever God requires to heal our hurting brothers and sisters in this new year. In the meantime, as you read these stories of transformed hearts and lives, know how very thankful we all are for your prayers and partnership and for helping to keep hope alive in L.A.!
Rev. Andy Bales, CEO