Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles

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Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest missions of its kind in America - bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. We provide a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to our guests, including: food, shelter, clothing, medical and dental care, recovery (life transformation) programs, transitional housing, legal assistance, education, counseling, and job training to men, women, children, and families. 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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Union Rescue Mission
545 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Website: www.urm.com

Phone: (213) 347-6300

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 951709293

CEO/President: Rev. Andy Bales, MAT

Chairman: David Wood

Board size: 13

Founder: Lyman Stewart

Ruling year: 1935

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Located in the heart of Skid Row, Union Rescue Mission is a refuge of help and hope. A safe haven where men, women, and children can get the guidance and support they need to live a life transformed.

Mission statement

We embrace men, women, and children experiencing homelessness with the compassion of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to give them hope and healing for a changed life - and help them find their way home.

Statement of faith

We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-eternal Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ, God's Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where, as truly God and truly man, He is the only mediator between God and man.

We believe that the Bible is God's authoritative and inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all matters of belief and conduct, which is demonstrated by true righteous living.

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God except through the new birth. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone. Those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior in the present life shall be raised from the dead for eternal suffering and separation from God. Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be present with him for eternity in heaven.

We believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church. Its calling is to worship and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all people groups and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and promoting righteousness and justice.

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual's new birth and growth to maturity; and also for the Church's constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission.

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating240 of 111230 of 141
Fund acquisition rating331 of 111335 of 141
Resource allocation rating202 of 111322 of 141
Asset utilization rating582 of 111275 of 141

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$11,310,136$12,321,000$12,385,000$11,295,000$6,552,000
Short-term investments$477,648$3,122,000$1,122,000$8,675,000$4,126,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$27,399,751$30,466,000$25,116,000$24,328,000$13,036,000
Long-term investments$98,160$87,000$0$0$1,306,000
Fixed assets$23,385,173$21,998,000$22,518,000$28,482,000$27,351,000
Other long-term assets$27,580,342$19,049,000$18,524,000$1,224,000$844,000
Total long-term assets$51,063,675$41,134,000$41,042,000$29,706,000$29,501,000
Total assets$78,463,426$71,600,000$66,158,000$54,034,000$42,537,000
Payables and accrued expenses$3,308,255$2,263,000$2,124,000$2,033,000$1,759,000
Other current liabilities$105,567$89,000$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,413,822$2,352,000$2,124,000$2,033,000$1,759,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$148,705$113,000$117,000$130,000$169,000
Total long-term liabilities$1,649,208$1,613,000$2,709,000$588,000$1,853,000
Total liabilities$5,063,030$3,965,000$4,833,000$2,621,000$3,612,000
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$48,435,150$38,762,000$32,295,000$30,869,000$30,673,000
With donor restrictions$24,965,246$28,873,000$29,030,000$20,544,000$8,252,000
Net assets$73,400,396$67,635,000$61,325,000$51,413,000$38,925,000
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$44,319,940$41,226,000$41,463,000$41,216,000$25,253,000
Program service revenue$193,045$191,000$316,000$407,000$332,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$206,323$241,000($739,000)$103,000$708,000
Other revenue$402,806$2,517,000($27,000)$823,000$542,000
Total other revenue$802,174$2,949,000($450,000)$1,333,000$1,582,000
Total revenue$45,122,114$44,175,000$41,013,000$42,549,000$26,835,000
Program services$33,769,000$32,331,000$25,481,000$24,309,000$19,588,000
Management and general$2,201,132$2,172,000$2,095,000$2,122,000$1,947,000
Total expenses$39,298,657$37,957,000$31,100,000$30,219,000$25,173,000
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$5,823,457$6,218,000$9,913,000$12,330,000$1,662,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$5,823,457$6,218,000$9,913,000$12,330,000$1,662,000


Andrew BalesChief Executive Officer$343,685
Richard NewcombVP Development & Social Enterprise$235,827
Christopher SueChief Financial Officer$210,590
Daniel RolederVP of Men's Ministries$178,530
Yeilen WillisVP, Human Resource Service$174,491
Timothy PetersDir of Philanthropy$161,348
Latonja LindseyVP Emergency Services$160,337
Kathy DavisVP Public Relations$132,692
Rosie PerezProcurement Manager$110,436

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Union Rescue Mission (URM) is one of the largest missions of its kind in America - bringing help and hope to men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles. URM was founded in 1891 by Lyman Stewart, president and founder of Union Oil Company. George A. Hilton served as the first superintendent of the Mission, originally known as the Pacific Gospel Union. During those early days, URM took to the streets in gospel wagons to offer food, clothing, and salvation to the less fortunate. Over the years, URM has continued and expanded its efforts to feed both the body and the soul, helping individuals and families break the cycle of poverty and achieve self-sufficiency.

1893 - URM serves over 500 people a day from temporary sites where tents were rigged for nightly revivals.

1907 - URM purchases its first permanent home at 145 North Main Street - a haven of hope where the poor find three meals a day, clothing, and shelter, as well as employment assistance and free medical aid.

1926 - After city officials purchase the North Main Street property to build the Los Angeles City Hall, URM purchases a building at 226 South Main Street - fondly referred to as "The Mission on Main Street."

1934 - During the Depression, the Mission supplies 42 percent of all free meals provided by private charities in Los Angeles.

1942 - URM establishes the Victory Service Club - a spiritual haven and gathering place for nearly two million servicemen during the war years.

1980 - Responding to the tragic appearance of women and children among the homeless, URM establishes the Bethel Haven Women and Family Shelter.

1994 - Demonstrating vision and commitment, URM opens its $29 million, 225,000-square-foot facility at 545 South San Pedro Street specifically designed to meet the needs of today's homeless population, especially women and children. The building can shelter a thousand people per night and includes a computer-based learning center, library, children's play and study areas, gymnasium.

1995 - The Bank of America Learning Center opens on the 4th floor, offering basic literacy instruction, high school diplomas, and computer training.

1998 - In response to the growing number of women and children experiencing homelessness, the Family Shelter opens on URM's 4th floor, providing 84 more emergency beds, bringing the total number of beds for women and children to 194.

2003 - February 25th: Opening of The Thomas D. Grimes Men's Transitional Residence on the 5th floor.

2005 - Late October: Escrow closes on the 71-acre landscaped property at the base of the Angeles National Forest and URM begins preparations to launch the Hope Gardens Family Center

2006 - August 8th will always be a special day in the history of Union Rescue Mission. This is the day senior women began moving from the Mission to Hope Gardens Family Center to live in the Senior Permanent Supportive Housing Complex, Sequoia Lodge.

December 4th is the Mission's 115th Anniversary serving men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

2007 - January 31st The first Internet Cafe in Skid Row opened on our first floor, providing a welcoming atmosphere to the community and affordable internet and cafe services.

May. The women's exercise room on the fourth floor is completed and opened, complete with treadmills, exercise balls, a rowing machine, and more.

June. Hope Gardens Family Center was approved to house additional women and children. The first phase of families moved in on June 27, 2007. 4 families (4 moms, 8 children); 3 families from Union Rescue Mission's 1st Step program.

2008 - Winter Shelters: When no other agency would respond to the County and City's call to open up winter shelters at three different sites, URM responded, and through our public benefits charity EIMAGO, teamed with the LA Homeless Services Authority to open up winter shelter sites at the armories in Burbank, West LA, Culver City and added over 100 beds to the downtown facility for a total of 570 extra beds, increasing the Mission's capacity for the three cold and rainy months by nearly 50% (Dec. to March).

2009 - URM leadership saw the economic downturn and its impact on families, the decision was made to not only stay on course welcoming those struggling in poverty with the love of Christ, but in order to live up to our history during the Great Depression, we stepped it up a notch to meet the growing need. We converted our 5th floor, previously saved for VIP's and volunteer groups, into housing for two-parent families and single Dads with children. Two groups we had not often seen coming to the Mission previously. It didn't take long to be at full capacity on the 5th floor with overflow tents (EDAR's) placed in the Mission's Chapel and 5th floor meeting rooms to accommodate families who have never before experienced homelessness.

2011 - On April 1, the Mission's Leadership embraced CEO, Andy Bales desire to instill a greater sense of responsibility and dignity in guests using free long-term shelter beds. The Gateway Program was established offering a bed for 15 days free of charge. Guests were then given the opportunity to pay a small fee for a bed or enter the men's CLDP/Recovery program or receive referrals to other facilities.

2014 - In November Union Rescue Mission opens a Thrift Store at 280 E. Arrow Highway, Covina.

2021 - In November Union Rescue Mission opens a Thrift Store at 15918 Whittier Blvd Whittier

2021 - Union Rescue Mission celebrates 130 years of continuous service to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles.

Program accomplishments

Working together, activities empower recovery and life transformation, impacting the lives of more than 6,000 men, women, children, and families each year.