ANDY BALES

Andy BalesAndy is CEO of the Union Rescue Mission in Downtown Los Angeles, which houses, feeds and provides services to 810 previously homeless guests. He purchased and opened a Family Life Center Housing facility which houses previously homeless mothers and children. Formerly, he was the executive director of the Lake Avenue Community Foundation in Pasadena, CA.

Andy has helped to reshape policies related to “dumping” homeless patients from hospitals onto the streets of Skid Row, and works with community partners to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles Andy has been honored for his work by the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Los Angeles Police Department, and Fundraising Success Magazine.

He did work toward a PhD in Sociology from Iowa State University and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Bakke Graduate School in Seattle, Washington. He holds an MAT in Political Sciences from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa & a BA in Theology from Bethel College, and an honorary doctoral degree from Pacific Theological Seminary. Andy and wife Bonnie, a nurse, have six grown children, and delight in their grandchildren. Andy and Bonnie opened their home to 25 foster children as they raised their own children.