From the Bottom of My Heart

When you have a lot, a little bit isn’t much… But when you have only a little bit, a little bit is a whole lot! Here’s the story of a beautiful soul who has very little and has a whole lot of gratitude for what we were able to do for her family. Deed & Truth helped Ms. Teresa from Hope Gardens and her daughter turn their house (or apartment) into a cozy home. Here’s a short back- story about her from the pen of her chaplain, Kim Dodd. "Ms. Teresa, or “TT” as the Moms and children at Hope Garden affectionately call her, is a beautiful soul and one I am forever grateful to have the privilege of knowing. As her Chaplain, I had the opportunity to meet with her each month, but this was not enough

What's Really Essential?

Only essential services are open for business these days. What’s REALLY essential is being debated in some circles but here’s something I think most of us can agree upon… Prayer is Essential... and should be “open for business” even more hours than ever before. To help you pray more specifically for Deed and Truth here’s an update on the virus concerns in Skid Row amongst some of the most vulnerable in our society. If you read our blog from last week you know that a Mission Staff Member lost his life to the virus. He was a graduate of the program and a good friend to many involved with Deed & Truth mentoring ministry. In the past seven days more people have tested positive. Floors are in loc

Finishing Well

It’s easy to get lost in life. As a matter of fact, it happens to all of us. It’s not how you start that matters, but how you finish. It’s with a heavy heart we inform you that our Iron Man friend and brother, Gerald, passed away this week from Covid-19. Here’s his comeback story as told by his Iron Man Mentor… My friend, Gerald Shiroma, passed away today, April 8, 2020. He was a victim of the COVID-19 virus. But Gerald was definitely not a victim. I met Gerald more than four years ago at a Super Bowl party hosted by Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente. I was a participant in the Iron Man program and was looking to mentor a man at the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. When we met, Gerald


From the World Health Organization (WHO), to the White House, and to local health department we are all being advised to stay at home and wash our hands. This is helpful advise unless you happen to be homeless. What home is that? How am I suppose to wash my hands every 30 minutes? Those experiencing homelessness are some of the most vulnerable people in our country right now given the deadly Covid-19 virus. Please be praying them. Here is an update for those experiencing homelessness staying with us at the Union Rescue Mission. We are trying to follow all the guidelines given to us from the DMH. We had our first case of the virus this week. One of our Iron Man guys named Gerald has been hosp

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