Women's & Children's Ministry Programs

For a woman experiencing homelessness, every day is a struggle to survive. Out on the streets, she may be beaten, raped, or robbed. Being a mother, she is left with little time or energy to find a job, enroll children in school, or find a way to pay a rent deposit. She is desperate just to find a safe place for herself and her children to sleep.

Single women and mothers with children are guided step-by-step back into society, gaining self-reliance, stability, strength and hope along the way, through our Women and Family Ministry Programs.  Our Women and Family Shelters helps point "the way home" for women and families in crisis.

Our Women's Programs are leading to lasting independence and positive new lives. We are one of few shelters in L.A. that accepts women with children without restrictions on the number of children. In a caring environment, we offer comprehensive programs designed to make a difference that will last a lifetime.

Through the Women's and Family Ministry Programs, the following services are provided:

  • Spiritual Encouragement
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • School Enrollment (required for all children)
  • "Mommy and Me" Program
  • Discovery Lab
  • Individual Counseling
  • Education & Vocational Training
  • Personal and Family Relationships
  • Medical, Dental, and Mental Health Care
  • Legal Aid
  • Recreation & Fitness
  • Work Therapy
  • Financial Planning
  • Community Church Involvement

Phase One: 1st Steps (Triage Day 1-14)

Basic human needs come first. Any hour of the day or night, a woman or family can come to the Mission and find food, shelter, clothing . . . and much more. Our goal in this phase is to surround hurting women and children with loving care and support . . . to impart a sense of security and trust so healing can begin. Individual dorm rooms are available for families.

Phase Two: 2nd Step (Treatment Day 15 - 90*)

After two weeks, women and families focus their renewed energies on rebuilding self-sufficient lives and stable homes. All women residents are required to save 75-80% of all income received while here at the Mission in preparation for their transition back into the community. They may keep their savings with our on-site cashier, who offers banking services to guests and former guests. If a woman has an existing bank account, she is required to prove evidence of savings. When a woman leaves the Mission, she has the option to receive her savings in full or continue using our cashier's services according to her preferences. There is no charge for cashier services.

* Length of the Treatment Stage may be extended up to 12 months as needed

Elements of the Second Step Program include*:

  • Spiritual Encouragement
  • Substance Abuse Recovery
  • Personal Counseling
  • Education & Vocational Training
  • Work Therapy (as appropriate)
  • Recreation & Fitness
  • Financial Planning
  • Legal Aid
  • Bible Study
  • Community Church Involvement

*Special services and support are provided for mothers and their children including:

School Enrollment

All children staying at Union Rescue Mission must be enrolled in school. We assist in the enrollment process and ensure that children have appropriate clothing/uniforms, backpacks, school supplies, transportation, and sack lunches as needed.

"Mommy and Me" Program

We offer a special place where mothers and their children can enjoy one-on-one interaction . . . including reading, games, toys, puzzles, crafts, videos, gym time and social outings.

Phase Three: Third Steps (Transition As Needed)

The final phase of recovery is often the hardest. As women reach their goals, extensive support is provided to ensure the transition to independence is achieved with success.



Women and families continue to reside at URM while they lay the practical groundwork essential for lasting independence:

  • Prepare necessary documents for employment and housing
  • Save needed start up funds
  • Secure affordable housing
  • Obtain appropriate financial aid
  • Find permanent employment, if appropriate
  • Arrange safe, wholesome day care, if needed
  • Maintain a realistic budget
  • Continue educational and vocational development
  • Work towards resolution of any legal, health, dental, and mental health issues.