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The two main activities in my life: Helping the hungry in the late hours of the night and helping guitar players sound better one amp at a time.

I always try to remember that in order to do good one has to take action and actually do something.

I was born and raised in Los Angeles. I have watched the city and Southern California change for well over half a century.

I can be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/mylesr or on twitter at www.twitter.com/myles111us or on my own Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting website at www.mylesrose.com

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1935 Art Deco at some of its finest: No. 168 - Griffith Observatory- (click on the photo for information)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I am asking my friends for help again. The battle is not over.

Last month I turned to my friends and asked them for help to make Thanksgiving dinners for many of the homeless of Los Angeles possible. 

Below is the November 2010 end of the month update from Andy Bales of Union Rescue Mission.



Many of you who are reading this helped make these Thanksgiving dinners possible.  Thousands of dinners were served on two days.  Just under 7,000 meals were served on the Saturday before Thanksgiving day and on Thanksgiving day itself.  4,500 meals were served on the Saturday Thanksgiving event which was quite amazing considering it was raining and the event which was set up outside on the street had to be moved inside at the last moment.

I would like to take a moment to thank my friends and my friends in the music industry who donated money to Union Rescue Mission and who passed on the word and asked their friends to help. We raised close to 1,500 meals for people that do not have much to give thanks for and would not have had a meal of this kind.

We now have Christmas on the horizon.  I am asking for help again. 

This is from Union Rescue Mission:  As for Christmas, we are serving Christmas Day meals (on the 25th) and hosting our annual Christmas Store on Dec. 16th and 17th.  You may want to let your readers know that Christmas Day is already booked with volunteers, meaning we have all the help needed for that day.

Comment on the above from URM from me - they are saying they have volunteer help in the form of people.  Please do not confuse this with thinking they do not need financial help and donations which are critically needed. 

The economy continues to take a toll.  Compared to just one year ago the services at http://www.urm.org/ have increased by over 40% while their donations have dropped over 20%.  Things are critical to say the least and the end of the year is going to be very difficult.

If you have been watching the news you know that in this month of December unemployment benefits will be cut off for more than 2 million more Americans.  Just one more wrench tossed into the machine of an already difficult holiday season for so many.   

My thanks to the volunteers and staff at Union Rescue Mission.  It is an honor to be associated with you people.  Looking at the 450,000 people in California alone who will lose their unemployment benefits this month; either by having them expire or have them cut off before the 99 week period due to our government ending them prematurely, it looks like Union Rescue Mission may be a lifeboat to an even larger population.



I am reaching out to my friends,  to my associates in the music industry and to others that would like to help those less fortunate during this holiday season once again.

This year, more people than ever before in our nation's history are facing a difficult holiday season.

The economy continues to take a toll on the population.  I personally see the numbers of homeless increase month after month on the streets of Los Angeles.

Homeless is not a label which is reserved for people who have mental problems, drug or alcohol problems or have personality disorders.  There are people on the streets like you and me.  People who were a productive part of society who have lost their jobs due to the economy.  People who have lost their homes.  People who have made a transition from a home to a car to the street.

Union Rescue Mission is the oldest and largest of the Los Angeles missions.  They are highly organized, very efficient and have a track record of long term recovery that goes back over 100 years.  The stretch a dollar farther than anybody I have seen stretch a dollar.  URM provides a full meal for about $1.84.

I am asking my friends for help once again. 

There are a number of ways you can help.  The bullet points below hit the high points.  Further down in this piece there are additional details.
  • Go to the URM website at http://www.urm.org/ and click on the donate tab
  • You may contribute in ANY amount.  Even a few dollars helps.  $10 will feed five people.
  • All contributions are 100% tax deductible
  • All credit cards are accepted on a secure site.  Paypal is also an accepted form of payment.
  • You may donate $10 (feed a family of five people) via a text message from your cell phone.  To donate $10 to Union Rescue Mission, text the letters URM to 85944. You will receive a confirmation text message. Reply with the word YES to complete the transaction.  Takes seconds to make huge impact on somebodies life.
Do you have a few dollars in your paypal account that is not enough for your next desired purchase?  Even a few dollars helps.  Many of you have spare change sitting in your paypal account.  That $8.43 that may not enough to buy a book off Amazon or a cool effects pedal off of Ebay.  On the URM page you can donate in any amount and they will put it together with other donations to provide a holiday meal that will make a difference in a life.

There are many additional ways to help those in need who are served by the folks at Union Rescue Mission. 

Details on how YOU can help can be found at  www.urm.org/store

In reference to unemployment benefits running out for so many more people today AND the fact that the cold weather is upon us:

The Union Rescue Mission Winter Shelters open tomorrow.  www.urm.org receives funding to run four winter shelters throughout the area in West Los Angeles, Glendale, Culver City and at URM. In essence URM gets paid for a certain number of cots per location and we receive a certain number of hotel vouchers for families. They serve many more more people than they get paid for.  Winter dives up their meals and shelter per night number up dramatically.

This is from Union Rescue Mission: As for Christmas, we are serving Christmas Day meals (on the 25th) and hosting our annual Christmas Store on Dec. 16th and 17th. You may want to let your readers know that Christmas Day is already booked with volunteers, meaning we have all the help needed for that day.

Comment on the above from URM from me - they are saying they have volunteer help in the form of people. Please do not confuse this with thinking they do not need financial help and donations which are critically needed.







Below are a few of my cell phone shots of the Thanksgiving dinners at Union Rescue Mission.  Nicer shots are available at www.flickr.com/urmmedia that show more of the events.  Once again, thank you to so many of you reading this for your help in donating close to 1,500 dinners for these events.







Myles Rose is the founder of Guitar Amplifier Blueprinting which provides support services and training for touring bands and individuals as well as blueprinting services.   You may contact me from the link.  My direct contact information is provided as well as links to two of the Internet forums where I answer technical questions.  You may also ask questions in any post in this blog by using the comment application on each post.

When I am not doing something related to music I do what I can to support the homeless of Los Angeles either directly on the streets at night or through my good friends at Union Rescue Mission.