Supporter Endorsements


Reba McEntire
Musician and Actress

"As a professional singer and actress, God has blessed me my entire career. But God has also richly blessed me with a wonderful husband and four precious children — and to me, family is more important that anything else. So when I saw a news report on TV a couple of years ago about all the families experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles and at Union Rescue Mission, I knew I had to help. To me, no other organization in Los Angeles is doing as much to help these precious families get back on their feet. If family is as important to you as it is to me, please support this wonderful organization.”


Frank Pastore
Former Pitcher for the Cincinatti Reds, and Radio Host

"I have the privilege of talking about a lot of important issues on my radio program at KKLA. But when Andy Bales recently joined me on my program to talk about the possibility of closing Hope Gardens, and sending dozens of single mothers and their children back to Skid Row, my heart just broke. There are many reasons people end up homeless, but no mother or child should have to spend a single night homeless — especially on Skid Row. We must solve this problem. Union Rescue Mission is committed to helping mothers and their children escape this tragedy and I fully endorse this important calling.”

Andre Ethier
Los Angeles Dodgers Player

"My visit to the Union Rescue Mission was really eye opening. The mission does incredible work to help people get back on their feet and assist those in need. They should be very proud of all that they have accomplished and I’m honored to have been a tiny part of it.”

Jason Hart
Utah Jazz Player and former LA Clippers Player

"I support the Union Rescue Mission because they do so much more than provide thousands of meals and emergency services to the homeless every day.  They also provide job training, educational instruction, and long term rehabilitation so the homeless can get off the street and back into society.  I'm proud to support this outstanding organization."

Antonio Villaraigosa
Mayor, Los Angeles, CA

"I was born and raised in Los Angeles and have devoted much of my life to civic duty and activism. Therefore I have been long familiar with the work the Union Rescue Mission does to provide emergency and rehabilitative services to the homeless and working poor. As the eldest of four children and raised by a single mother, I am keenly aware of the struggle families in similar circumstances face and I am greatly concerned for those who have lost this struggle and are now faced with homelessness. Over the years, the Union Rescue Mission has become one of the largest and most comprehensive service providers to the homeless in America. I support the work they do to provide programs in which residents learn valuable life and career skills in addition to the meals and shelter. This goes a long way to providing them a hopeful future and a comfortable life in this city. I urge my constituency to join both the Union Rescue Mission and myself in doing all we can to rid the blight and pain of the homeless men, women and children of Los Angeles."
 
 
James K. Hahn
Former Mayor, Los Angeles, CA

"Homelessness is a severe problem plaguing Los Angeles. I am working to provide homeless people a place they can call home. The Union Rescue Mission provides services to help the homeless move off the streets and assists them in their journey back to a productive life.  I support the great work that the Union Rescue Mission does to change the lives of the homeless men, women and children of Los Angeles."

Sheriff Lee Baca
Los Angeles County Sheriff

“I believe bold solutions are needed to help the homeless in Los Angeles. Therefore I enthusiastically support the Union Rescue Mission. Not only do they do excellent work by providing emergency food and shelter to the homeless, they offer long-term programs in which residents learn valuable life and career skills. Now they are going a step further and building a facility to assist the ever-growing population of homeless women and children. I invite you to join me in support of this wonderful organization."


Jan Perry
Councilwoman, Ninth District

"As Los Angeles City Councilwoman of the Ninth District, I understand the unique needs of my diverse constituency.  I have made it a priority during my term of office to ensure that every member of my district has access to a healthy environment and the ability to live and breathe in a safe community.

I have spent time at the Union Rescue Mission in the neighborhood that people refer to as Skid Row.  I was amazed to see how many women and children were in need of help.  It saddens me to see the increasing numbers of women and children that are homeless.  Skid Row is no place to raise children. Over 70% of the services for the homeless are for single men and women in Skid Row. Thousands of individuals are referred to downtown Los Angeles for homeless services from the entire county of Los Angeles.

The Union Rescue Mission offers food and shelter to the homeless men, women and children that are referred for services.  I am thankful for the emergency services that they provide.  I am even more thankful that they offer programs to help people overcome their situation, improve their education and find jobs that can support housing and a better life for their families.  I strongly support their efforts to move women and children into a new transitional living facility outside of the downtown area of Los Angeles.

Working together with the Union Rescue Mission, our community leaders and our neighbors, we can find a way to end the tragedy of homelessness in our City.  We need to be creative and try things that we have not tried before. We especially need to uplift the beautiful children that I saw at the Mission.  These children deserve a place to live and grow to their full potential.  I can see that the Union Rescue Mission is working to make that a reality in the lives they touch every day of the week, 365 days a year. I fully endorse their plan to provide new transitional homeless services for the families they serve in Los Angeles County."

Rafer Johnson
Decathlon Gold Medalist and Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

“As the nation’s largest mission, Union Rescue Mission is committed to meeting the needs of this new tidal wave of homelessness. Pedodontistry is available for homeless children in need of special dental care; a “Mommy and Me” room where moms and small children can spend quality safe time together. Because I value sports as a vehicle for discipline and self-esteem, I am particularly impressed with the ‘Dream Builders Dream Team’ after school basketball clinic for the boys and girls living at the URM. All of us should have the opportunity to be the best that we can be. The Union Rescue Mission provides the answers that can make this a reality.”
 
Chief William J. Bratton
Los Angeles Chief of Police

"The Los Angeles Police Department recognizes and supports the services your organization, the Union Rescue Mission, provides to homeless and indigent men, women and children in Los Angeles. We recognize the need for services for women with young children has increased and the available temporary housing is filled to capacity almost every night.

The Los Angeles Police Department believes the goal of providing transitional housing along with programs and assistance for homeless women, children and families, is a vital step in their productive re-entry into society. The Los Angeles Police Department will support the Union Rescue Mission in the effort to create additional services and the establishment of the Women, Children and Family Life Center outside of the downtown area."
 
William Shatner
Actor

“Emergency shelter, like emergency medicine, is the first line of need for many people. Union Rescue Mission fulfills that need.”
 
Ernie Hudson
Actor featured in Ghostbusters

"One of my most recent roles was that of a homeless man. Although I have always been concerned with the issue of homelessness, my work in this film helped me realize that I didn't just want to talk about homelessness, but I wanted to take an active role in helping the disadvantaged. I applaud the work of the Union Rescue Mission because I see the difference they are making. I am happy to be part of an organization that helps so many people off the streets and back into productive lives. Together we will make a difference.”
 
Angela Lansbury
Actress

“ A lot of people think the homeless are mostly alcoholics or drug addicts but nearly 40% are made up of women and children.  These are the true victims of poverty and homelessness and I’m glad to know that the Union Rescue Mission is helping to make a difference.”
 

Jerry West
National Basketball Association

“What are my greatest challenges? Hitting clutch jump shots and running a great organization like the Lakers have been highlights of my life.  But seeing in need has always been a challenge.  That’s why I believe in the Union Rescue Mission.  It’s not easy, but more than a century of experience tells them it can work.”
 
Pete Wilson
Former Governor of the State of California

“I know of the Union Rescue Mission’s successful endeavors and can say without hesitation that they are indeed most inspiring and commendable.  The Union Rescue Mission has touched the lives of many – the homeless, the drug addicted, the cold, the weary, those whose hope has all but been vanquished – and provided them with shelter, food and clothing.”
 
Ken Starr
Pepperdine University Law School Dean

"The Union Rescue Mission provides a comprehensive array of emergency and long-term services to help rebuild the lives of homeless men and women. Pepperdine University’s School of Law operates a Legal Aid Clinic at the Union Rescue Mission which assists the urban poor in breaking through the many legal barriers that stand in the way of recovery. In collaborating with Union Rescue Mission, it is the goal of Pepperdine’s Legal Aid Clinic to empower individuals to continue their progress toward self-sufficiency and become contributing members of the community."
 
William J. Sanderson
Actor featured on HBO's DEADWOOD

"I recently spent time at the Union Rescue Mission as a volunteer. I was amazed to see how many women and children were in need of help. It opened my eyes to the larger problem of homeless and/or desperately poor men, women and children in our community.

I was happy to be of help and plan to continue finding ways to personally support the work of the Union Rescue Mission. I could see first-hand that the Mission was doing more than providing meals and shelter. This is a place where a person can change their life and find new hope for the future. Everyone needs to be involved in helping those who have fallen on hard times. We especially need to uplift the beautiful children that I saw at the Mission. These children deserve a place to live and grow to their full potential. I can see that the Union Rescue Mission is working to make that a reality in the lives they touch every day of the week, 365 days of a year."