For more than 127 years, Union Rescue Mission has been helping people devastated by homelessness on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles with food, shelter, education, counseling, and long-term recovery programs. As the number of women experiencing homelessness began increasing, the nonprofit responded by opening Hope Gardens Family Center, a transitional housing campus for single women and children in Sylmar, California. There, women can receive help transitioning from homelessness to independence within 12 to 36 months through programs and services.
The program currently serves more than 70 families and 150 children, but it will be able to serve even more when it opens a new building, expected by the end of the year, said Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission. Team members recently helped renovate rooms at Hope Gardens and presented a donation of $155,000 from the Wells Fargo Foundation to the nonprofit. As a result, Union Rescue Mission will be able to move an additional 15 families from its Skid Row location to Hope Gardens.
“Wells Fargo is making a significant difference and moving people all the way from the streets into homes."
— Andy Bales
“Wells Fargo is making a significant difference and moving people all the way from the streets into homes,” Bales said.
In June 2019, Wells Fargo announced that it is evolving its philanthropic strategy to help solve three pressing issues affecting individuals, families, and underserved communities across the U.S.: housing affordability, financial health, and small business growth. The company has committed $1 billion in philanthropy through 2025 to address challenges related to the U.S. housing affordability crisis — including homelessness, available and affordable rentals, transitional housing, and homeownership.