I have worked and lived in Downtown Los Angeles for over 15 years. In the time I have lived there I have volunteered in almost every mission including Union Rescue Mission. While volunteering at Union Rescue Mission I learned some disturbing things. I learned its not about helping the homeless its about using them to make the executives at the mission rich.
First off all the management at the mission earn 6 figure salaries and the CEO Andrew Bales earns a seven figure salary. They also claim to be a mission with Christian values however they are actually interfaith. They have people from all religions holding services at the mission and pretend to lean to what faiths wallet is in the door.
One of their closest allies Kevin Haah is the president of the Interfaith Clergy Council (Source
.....385em;">http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/us/clergy-group-seeks-end-to-giving-food-and-clothing-to-homeless-on-skid-row.html?_r=0 ). One thing about the article this was an attempt to shutdown a competing ministry by Seventh Adventists and the Dream Center. Haah and the other members of the council are connected to the Interfaith Council based in San Jose. This would not be an issue if they were honest about being interfaith but the biggest issue is the riches made off the backs of the poor by the executives.
The executives own private planes, luxury cars, mansions and even boats. If you don't believe me here is the million dollar mansion their CEO lives in in one of Pasadena's most pricey neighborhoods in the link. https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=724+N+Marengo+Ave,+Pasadena,+CA&ie=UTF-8&ei=k4ApUeOgI-axigLvtYGwBw&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg The home has been appraised as high as $2.3 million. The missions management team attended a conference ran by Child Fund and Creflo Dollar on how to get people to first give you money and then spend as little on the ministry as legally possible and maintain tax exempt status. As I recall the number was 27% which Union Rescue has set as a goal to create even more funds available to pay themselves. One mission employee told me its against their interest to end homelessness because without "bums" on the streets people would not give them money.
This organization is a kin to the sleazy TV evangelist if not worst. They will say and do anything to get your money. Then they will say something totally different to another for the same reason. They are nothing but a scam using to the poor to get rich.