Union Rescue Mission helping the homeless in LAUniversities Helping Heal in Los Angeles


Union Rescue Mission has a goal of meeting the physical, spiritual and mental needs of the needy in Los Angeles, California. Through partnerships with the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California School of Dentistry and Pepperdine University the Mission is able to help homeless individuals with health, dental and mental services.

The UCLA Primary Health clinic at URM, a state licensed Community Health Center, was established in 1983. The clinic is nurse-managed and helps people with common ailments like colds and flu along with help controlling the more advanced needs of illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The clinic provides services at no charge for over 6,000 patients each year.

Homeless people often do not have access to basic hygiene supplies such as toothpaste which can quickly lead to cavities, gum disease and severe pain. The partnership with the USC School of Dentistry has helped alleviate much suffering! Faculty, students and interns assist about 5,000 people each year at the Mission providing cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions, root canals and dentures.

The struggle to overcome homelessness can be daunting and many fail in the process. The Pepperdine Mental Health Clinic provides psychological assistance to more than 1,000 men, women and children each year. It is staffed by doctoral students from Pepperdine University and is overseen by a Pepperdine Clinical Psychologist.

In addition to their health needs, homeless people often find themselves unintentionally on the wrong side of the law. The Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic’s lawyer and student law clerks help people needing legal advice by providing counseling, assistance in resolving tickets and warrants, preparation of court paperwork, attempt to have criminal convictions dismissed, application for government benefits, tax controversy assistance and preparation for homeless court.

The Union Rescue Mission is making a difference in Los Angeles by assisting thousands of people every year with their health and legal needs. More information may be obtained by calling 212-247-6300 or visiting the Mission’s website at www.urm.org.

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