Only a few days left to save Hope Gardens homeless shelter

Union Rescue Mission’s Hope Gardens has offered shelter to many homeless women and children in Los Angeles. Now, experiencing a financial drought, Hope Gardens is on the brink of closure. CEO Rev. Andy Bales says that they are still in need of $1,035,577 before June 30th. The closure of the Sylmar shelter would no doubt put extra stress on L.A.‘s already strained facilities.

Fundraising efforts have been alarmingly successful in a short span of time, with URM raising $1 million in the past two weeks. The total now stands at $1.7 million of a $2.8 million goal.

“Time is of the essence and we need everyone’s help to keep women and children from returning to the mean streets of Skid Row,” wrote Bales in his latest news update.

Here’s what the CEO had to say about the three ways people can help:

1)  Donate.  Every gift we receive by June 30th will be matched up to $500,000.

2)  Text “URM” at 85944 to donate $10.  Please reply “yes” when prompted.

3)  Invite your friends to become our Facebook fan.  We will receive $1 for every new fan up to $25,000.

4)  Spread the news.  Share our story on your blog, re-post our blog, or re-tweet our Twitter messages.

If everyone does just one thing, it will make the difference.  Thank you for stepping up to meet the need.

URM also produces a series of mini documentaries about the people who have successfully transitioned out of homelessness through the shelter. Watch Serwa’s story from Hope Gardens:



  1. There are literally thousands of homeless shelters across the world. People stay there as they are jobless, homeless, sometimes suffering, in need of food, clothing, and other basic necessities. Often those in this condition are simply in need of some encouragement to help them work hard to get their lives back on track.
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