2. Want to donate more or help in other ways? Go to http://www.urm.org/ where you can learn more about Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles California. Union Rescue Mission is the largest mission in Los Angeles and Los Angeles has the highest homeless population in the nation.
Total Health Center Visits 627 / 675
Total Meals Served 98,675 / 137,806
Total Nights of Shelter (per individual) 26,914 / 44,876
Total Nights of Shelter (per family) 2,016 / 2,468
URM served an average of 1448 people per night at URM, Hope Gardens , and the four Winter Shelter sites, with 150 of those being children. Included is an average of 80 families per night. There was an average number of 898 people sleeping at URM Downtown each night.
After this blog was published I received a bit of an update from Andy Bales, the CEO of Union Rescue Mission. I am adding this information now 0n 3/10/11: Thanks, Myles! The #'s reported are actually a bit lower than they actually were. We had an additional 9 families + kids and served approximately 2650 more meals during the month or nearly 100 more meals per day. I discovered it today. Blessings
People who have lost their home. People living in cars and vans on the street. People living in cheap motels who had a home their entire life. Many of these people are just like you and me. On Sunday night March 6, 2011 the show 60 Minutes aired this story which is one of many stories which illustrate the point:
Homeless children: the hard times generation
The broadcast can be seen from this link as long as it is an active link
Yes, services are at an all time high. Donations are at an all time low. Organizations such as Union Rescue Mission are the lifeline to many people in these troubled times.