Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles

Summary

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 90013-0013

Website: www.urm.com

Phone: (213) 347-6300

Email: thewayhome@urm.org


Organization details

EIN: 951709293

CEO/President: Rev. Andy Bales, MAT

Chairman: Lisa Sloan

Board size: 10

Founder: Lyman Stewart

Year founded: 1935

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1982


Purpose

We help men, women, and children experiencing homelessness so they can get off the streets and find their way home.


Mission statement

We embrace people with the compassion of Christ.


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: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating581 of 66056 of 68
Fund acquisition rating450 of 66248 of 68
Resource allocation rating432 of 66247 of 68
Asset utilization rating592 of 66057 of 68

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%9%14%12%13%16%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%9%14%12%13%15%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%97%94%96%96%95%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%13%14%14%15%15%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%3%6%4%4%5%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
85%80%78%78%76%77%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
100%71%94%80%85%100%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
85%57%73%62%65%76%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
0%29%6%20%15%0%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
0%24%4%16%13%0%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%7%8%8%9%9%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.790.560.590.570.600.65
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.322.223.262.413.055.01
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.861.241.931.381.823.25
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
5.9911.977.418.996.944.07
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.160.080.130.110.140.25
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
2.878.855.387.745.652.79
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20192018201720162015
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%5%8%12%16%20%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%1%4%7%10%14%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
41%170%155%155%142%124%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20192018201720162015
Cash$4,358,000$2,358,000$1,995,000$3,602,000$4,921,000
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$11,295,000$6,552,000$6,830,000$2,614,000$1,305,000
Short-term investments$8,675,000$4,126,000$8,817,000$5,892,000$542,000
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$24,328,000$13,036,000$17,642,000$12,108,000$6,768,000
Long-term investments$0$1,306,000$0$0$0
Fixed assets$28,482,000$27,351,000$23,460,000$24,174,000$25,746,000
Other long-term assets$1,224,000$844,000$1,489,000$675,000$1,383,000
Total long-term assets$29,706,000$29,501,000$24,949,000$24,849,000$27,129,000
Total assets$54,034,000$42,537,000$42,591,000$36,957,000$33,897,000
 
Liabilities20192018201720162015
Payables and accrued expenses$2,033,000$1,759,000$1,963,000$1,744,000$1,663,000
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,033,000$1,759,000$1,963,000$1,744,000$1,663,000
Debt$458,000$1,684,000$2,814,000$3,830,000$4,852,000
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$130,000$169,000$190,000$196,000$215,000
Total long-term liabilities$588,000$1,853,000$3,004,000$4,026,000$5,067,000
Total liabilities$2,621,000$3,612,000$4,967,000$5,770,000$6,730,000
 
Net assets20192018201720162015
Unrestricted$30,869,000$30,673,000$26,931,000$29,599,000$25,988,000
Temporarily restricted$20,210,000$7,925,000$10,369,000$1,271,000$856,000
Permanently restricted$334,000$327,000$324,000$317,000$323,000
Net assets$51,413,000$38,925,000$37,624,000$31,187,000$27,167,000
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20192018201720162015
Total contributions$41,216,000$25,253,000$29,254,000$24,990,000$21,047,000
Program service revenue$407,000$332,000$347,000$393,000$387,000
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$103,000$708,000$367,000$128,000$4,000
Other revenue$823,000$542,000$391,000$464,000$611,000
Total other revenue$1,333,000$1,582,000$1,105,000$985,000$1,002,000
Total revenue$42,549,000$26,835,000$30,359,000$25,975,000$22,049,000
 
Expenses20192018201720162015
Program services$24,309,000$19,588,000$18,960,000$16,804,000$16,814,000
Management and general$2,122,000$1,947,000$1,837,000$1,873,000$1,883,000
Fundraising$3,788,000$3,638,000$3,505,000$3,324,000$3,267,000
Total expenses$30,219,000$25,173,000$24,302,000$22,001,000$21,964,000
 
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$12,330,000$1,662,000$6,057,000$3,974,000$85,000
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$12,330,000$1,662,000$6,057,000$3,974,000$85,000

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History

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. 2016 Union Rescue Mission celebrates 125 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.


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