No sooner do we clean the Thanksgiving table off, put the dishes in the dishwasher, and put the leftovers in the fridge when Black Friday hits and all the sudden it’s Christmastime and the busiest shopping day of the year. Last year on Black Friday $665 Billion dollars were spent by over 101 million shoppers! It’s a big day for retailers as they make 30-40% of their annual revenue from Black Friday till Christmas. That’s a lot of Christmas presents people are giving. Not to be outdone, one of our Ambassadors at the mission has decided this Christmas he would be a GIVER rather than a RECEIVER also. Check out this heart-warming Christmas story. Phillip is one of the most Thankful people you

Appreciation Day

People who serve in homelessness ministry work in a high stress environment. They serve people with significant levels of dysfunctional behavior and experience their share of disappointment along with all the victories God provides. This week Deed and Truth sponsored a Staff Appreciation Day for the entire staff at Hope Gardens, our women and children’s facility in Sylmar, to say “thank you” this Thanksgiving holiday. We set up a mystery afternoon for the 19 program staff members who work with the women and children at Hope Gardens. It began with a trip to the bowling alley and the best pizza in Los Angeles, followed by a ton of laughs at the Karaoke room, and then each one received a crisp

Insatiable Hunger

“As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God.” – Psalm 42:1 James embodies these verses. He actually makes verbal sighs in the study when he is touched by the truth in Gods word. These are his words regarding our Wednesday morning bible study which he faithfully attends every week. James is a graduate who lives at the mission and was recently hired on as staff in our volunteer department. "What a joy it is every Wednesday from 7:45 – 9:00 am to read and study God’s Words in a group setting with a great leader in Pastor Dan. I start getting excited Tuesday night, just knowing the next morning I’ll be having a feeling of wonder. Most days I leave smiling and shaking m


For most people, holidays are a fun time to get together with friends and family... but for many guys at Union Rescue Mission holidays can be pretty lonely. This Christmas, Deed & Truth is not just SAYING “Merry Christmas” we are DOING something tangible about this because “sometimes words aren’t enough”… We encourage all the men who graduate from the life-transformation program to get involved in some kind of community when they leave. But we recognize that some men, for various reasons, may never be able to thrive outside the safety they find here. So we started a group we call “The Ambassadors” — 25 senior men, between the ages of 55 and 75, who will enjoy the friendship, love, community,

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