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Marie Sewing

05.25.2016

UGM Stitches Lives Through Sewing

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03.21.2016

Easter Dinner provides potential pathway out of poverty, homelessness and addiction.

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02.09.2016

Union Gospel Mission and SHOES.COM provide footwear to those in need just in time for Valentine’s

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11.27.2015

75th Annual Christmas Meal Offers Holiday Hope and Pathway to Healing

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11.17.2015

‘Got Ginch’ drops drawers for last time in Vancouver

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10.15.2015

Union Gospel Mission hosts voting for Downtown Eastside residents

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10.06.2015

Union Gospel Mission and Clearly join forces to provide prescription glasses to those in need, marking World Sight Day on Thursday October 8th

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10.02.2015

Homelessness Action Week: Event breaks down stereotypes in the DTES

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10.01.2015

Union Gospel Mission to serve more than 3,000 Thanksgiving meals: Dinner provides hope and potential pathway to healing

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09.10.2015

Event: Gratitude Live – Union Gospel Mission celebrates 75 years through story, music and community

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08.13.2015

UGM partners with The 700 Club to serve 500 meals in New Westminster as part of the 18th annual summer BBQ

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07.16.2015

DTES BBQ: UGM prepares to serve 5,000 meals, Concert Properties provides support & 75th birthday celebration

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06.16.2015

UGM Hosts fourth Annual Summer Connect: DTES service providers seek to clear the path to stability

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05.08.2015

New Appointments at Union Gospel Mission

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05.08.2015

UGM’s Sanctuary program builds the bridge of transition by supporting mothers in recovery

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04.22.2015

Earth Day: Composting gets sixty times faster at UGM!

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04.17.2015

All types of helping hands (& paws) recognized during National Volunteer Week

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03.26.2015

From served to serving: one man shares how this Easter will be much different since finding housing at UGM

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03.24.2015

Langley Turkey and Egg Farmers committed to helping those in poverty despite their economic crisis

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02.23.2015

Union Gospel Mission Turns 75 this year

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02.11.2015

Walking a mile in their shoes: Local shoe company spreads the love across Canada to those most in need this Valentine’s

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12.22.2014

Wind and Tide’s 2,000 preschoolers partner with UGM to provide Christmas hampers for 56 families this holiday season

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12.01.2014

Union Gospel Mission to serve over 3,000 meals at 74th annual Christmas Dinner

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11.20.2014

Union Gospel Mission opens Eastside Culture Crawl gallery to feature art and film created by DTES residents

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11.05.2014

GotGinch? 5,000 pairs of underwear to be dropped at UGM as nation-wide ginch drop now reaches 225,000

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Thanksgiving 2014- Outreach Workers

10.21.2014

Union Gospel Mission to serve over 3,000 meals this Thanksgiving Monday, kicking off Homelessness Action Week

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09.19.2014

Homelessness Action Week 2014: UGM presents documentary film on Downtown Eastside Program, Photo 101

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07.23.2014

UGM partners with Concert Properties to serve 5,000 meals in the DTES as part of the 16th Annual Summer BBQ

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06.23.2014

Grand-Opening: Official Opening ceremony for UGM’s newly renovated 616 East Cordova; mom’s with infants program announced

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06.09.2014

Summer Connect: Downtown Eastside service providers ban together to offer tangible help, all under one roof

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05.18.2014

Maintaining sobriety after struggling through years of addiction is no small feat, but if anything can motivate, it’s a mother-child bond.

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Easter

04.10.2014

Easter Meal Provides a Chance for Change: Over 3,000 holiday meals to be served at UGM’s 25th Easter Dinner

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03.19.2014

UGM Announces New Stabilization Program for Women Seeking Recovery from Addiction

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02.26.2014

Union Gospel Mission partners with Crystal Hearing to provide free hearing tests; incentives offered

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Ernie

02.26.2014

Original Vancouver Canuck, Ernie Dougherty, selects UGM as charity of choice when honoured for years of service

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02.07.2014

Unlikely couple finds love at Union Gospel Mission- it all started with a bus advertisement

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Glowbal

12.12.2013

Table for 2000: First-rate dining in the streets of the DTES; UGM+Glowbal Collection restaurants partner to help this Christmas

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More than a Meal

12.07.2013

A UGM Christmas – Over 3,000 meals to be served this Sat, just one of many Christmas activities at the mission this December

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12.04.2013

Over 3,000 meals to be served at Union Gospel Mission’s 73rd Christmas Dinner

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11.27.2013

Potential Charity Scam in the Vancouver Area–be informed regarding a fraudulent canvasser

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11.13.2013

Union Gospel Mission opens Eastside Culture Crawl gallery to feature art created by DTES residents; partners with Pivot and PHS

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10.09.2013

Union Gospel Mission starts off Homelessness Action Week with Thanksgiving Meal, serving 3,000 meals to the DTES

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10.09.2013

From Saturday October 12 to Sunday October 20, hundreds of visitors will hit the streets of the Downtown Eastside. Participating in Homelessness Action Week (HAW), they are investing two hours to learn about the neighbourhood and its history, guided by a local resident.

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09.19.2013

GotGinch and Need Knickers to deliver 50,000 pairs of underwear to homeless shelters across Canada— UGM the first stop

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09.12.2013

Residential school survivor who found recovery and reconciliation leads Nishga’a canoe on Tuesday

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08.15.2013

Gallery Opening: Prominent Vancouver artists lend painting to bring hope, healing and recovery at Union Gospel Mission

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07.09.2013

Summer supplies urgently needed at Union Gospel Mission

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07.08.2013

Downtown Eastside BBQ: UGM partners with Concert Properties to serve 6,000 BBQ meals, host kids’ zone

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06.10.2013

New Appointments at Union Gospel Mission

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06.10.2013

Scotiabank runner beats the odds—from homeless and addicted to mentor, teacher and running group leader

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05.21.2013

Connect Event: DTES Service providers amass to offer much-needed services under one roof (housing, employment, legal and more)

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05.06.2013

Precedent-setting change in voter registration bring democracy, dignity, and a voice to the Downtown Eastside community

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04.23.2013

Camp and kids-at risk—can one week really make a difference?

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Easter2012[1]

03.20.2013

UGM’s 24th annual Easter celebration: Charity prepares to serve 3,000 holiday meals to the Downtown Eastside community

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02.06.2013

Union Gospel Mission Women’s Shelter celebrates one year, looks to the future

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12.12.2012

Table for 2000: Christmas Block party and dinner hosted by UGM and Glowbal Collection Restaurants

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11.26.2012

UGM to serve thousands of meals during its annual early Christmas dinner—each meal represents a story

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11.08.2012

UGM’s fourth Eastside Culture Crawl gallery showcases photography, paintings, art from the downtown eastside community

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10.29.2012

A small donation can make a big impact – running shoes helps partially paralyzed woman get mobile, safely

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Thanksgiving_2012[1]

10.01.2012

Union Gospel Mission to serve over 3,000 meals this Thanksgiving kicking off Homelessness Action Week

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09.27.2012

TELUS donates over $111,000 to Union Gospel Mission

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09.24.2012

Homelessness Action Week-Special Downtown Eastside Walking Tour educates, gives dignified employment, creatively uses technology

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08.30.2012

Notable artists contribute paintings for unique rotating gallery; bring hope to those struggling with addiction

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08.29.2012

Union Gospel Mission manager and staff filling the role of wedding planners; first couple ever to be wed at New Westminster UGM

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08.29.2012

GotGinch to deliver 35,000 pairs of underwear to homeless shelters across Canada—Vancouver the first stop

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Teresa Black Hughes

08.03.2012

Union Gospel Mission’s first female board chair settles in

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08.02.2012

Union Gospel Mission is pleased to announce that Jeffrey Baergen has been appointed Community Engagement Coordinator.

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07.26.2012

UGM + Glowbal Restaurant Group to serve 5,000 meals at annual summer BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

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06.29.2012

UGM’s President Emeritus awarded The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for 29 years of service on the downtown eastside

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06.18.2012

UGM community members give back by running the Scotiabank 5K/Half-marathon this weekend

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06.11.2012

UGM hosts Summer Connect Event: 30 vital service providers remove barriers to housing, employment; bring hope and help

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06.06.2012

New Appointments at Union Gospel Mission

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06.02.2012

Union Gospel Mission thanks Polygon Homes and their employees for the generous donation of $130,650.

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05.28.2012

Union Gospel Mission women’s day shelter is official—successful pilot project becomes official program

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05.01.2012

Emily Carr University, Rennie Collection and Union Gospel Mission unveil art created for the Downtown Eastside

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04.16.2012

Summer Camp: Poverty Prevention Starts Early at Union Gospel Mission

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04.12.2012

Tag team: New Westminster resident and pup unique volunteers at UGM, find purpose

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04.02.2012

Research shows that Canadians volunteer about 2.1 billion hours annually—the equivalent of 1.1 million full-time jobs. With around 5,000 active annual volunteers, Union Gospel Mission depends on help from the Greater Vancouver community to sustainably meet the needs of those struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction.

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03.27.2012

UGM’s dining room installations revealed as it prepares to serve over 3,000 meals this Easter

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03.12.2012

Emily Carr University, UGM + Rennie Collection collaborate to bring art, education and healing to the Downtown Eastside

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02.28.2012

Mission Community Foundation improves capacity at Mission’s Union Gospel Mission

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02.21.2012

Opus Art Supplies donates over $8,000 towards Art from the Heart, Union Gospel Mission’s therapeutic art program.

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02.06.2012

Union Gospel Mission is pleased to announce the opening of a day-shelter for women on the Downtown Eastside. This pilot project was developed in conjunction with the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center, a nearby emergency night shelter for women.

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01.13.2012

Union Gospel Mission braces for influx of shelter-seekers as temperatures drop – warm donations needed

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01.09.2012

In tough economic times, let’s embody hope–a message from Union Gospel Mission President Bill Mollard

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12.15.2011

Just in time for Christmas, thousands of Downtown Eastside residents will enjoy a world-class event on Tuesday, December 20th when Union Gospel Mission hosts Table for 2000, a festive, free culinary feast made possible by the generosity and volunteer-time of celebrated local restaurant group, Glowbal Restaurants.

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12.15.2011

The Glowbal Collection + Union Gospel Mission Set to Host Second Annual ‘Table for 2000’ Christmas Meal

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12.12.2011

The Grey Cup to visit Union Gospel Mission–Those accessing resources from Union Gospel Mission in New Westminster will get a fun honour on Tuesday as the Grey Cup makes an appearance at the Mission

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12.05.2011

Union Gospel Mission prepares to serve over 3,500 Christmas meals

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11.24.2011

Help-Portrait Vancouver: Over 40 photographers and 12 makeup artists & stylists will be giving a boost—and a portrait

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11.17.2011

Uncovering Vision: UGM’s Culture Crawl event features photography and art by men and women on the Downtown Eastside

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10.30.2011

Union Gospel Mission says that if June’s mail strike hits Vancouver, it will affect their organization—significantly if the strike becomes long-term.

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09.29.2011

UGM kicks off Homelessness Action Week with all-day Thanksgiving Dinner served to thousands on the Downtown Eastside

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09.22.2011

GOT GINCH? 2 guys + 1 RV + 35,000 pairs of ginch = incredible support for 10 homeless shelters across Canada

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08.18.2011

Grand Opening: Quest Food Exchange now redistributing food, offering dignity at new Union Gospel Mission location

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07.12.2011

BBQ in Oppenheimer Park to serve over 5,000 meals—UGM and Glowbal Restaurant Group partner to celebrate summer on the DTES

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06.16.2011

Unique Father’s Day Story: Union Gospel Mission helps homeless father and son move from addiction to recovery and stability

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06.09.2011

Union Gospel Mission discusses impact if Canada Post mail strike hits Vancouver

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ScotiaBank-Run

06.06.2011

Formerly homeless and drug addicted UGM graduate to run Scotiabank half-marathon; raising money to help others.

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05.16.2011

New Appointments at Union Gospel Mission

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05.11.2011

Human worth project sheds light on sex trafficking in Vancouver.

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04.22.2011

First holiday meal at new UGM facility is expected to be the biggest yet as UGM prepares to serve 4,000 Easter meals.

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04.13.2011

New Downtown Eastside building offering shelter, housing, meals, recovery, and education officially opens.

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12.17.2010

BC Turkey and Egg farmers donate $50,000 of products to help the health of those in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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12.10.2010

Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission will host its 70th annual Christmas dinner for over 3000 homeless and struggling people on Saturday, Dec 11, from 10:30am to 5:00pm, at 616 East Cordova Street. 300 volunteers will serve over 2,750 lbs of turkey, 800 lbs of vegetables, and 500 pumpkin pies.

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12.10.2010

Planned in coordination with other service providers, Union Gospel Mission serves its Christmas meal early in the month so as to not conflict with other community meals. UGM will utilize the help of about 300 volunteers to serve over 3,000 people at several locations.

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12.04.2010

Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. Today’s Help Portrait Vancouver event will provide family and individual portraits for hundreds of low-income families and individuals on the Downtown Eastside.

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11.22.2010

Ethical Bean Coffee Co. has donated 2,460 lbs of custom-roasted, fair trade certified and organic coffee to Union Gospel Mission, a donation which has a wholesale value of $22,000.

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11.22.2010

Heart Therapy: A Downtown Eastside Art Show Features Unlikely Artists.

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11.19.2010

Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is bracing for what may be the coldest winter in decades by increasing shelter staff, opening extra areas of the Mission for shelter space, and distributing special emergency kits to those who refuse offers to come inside.

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09.15.2010

Taking it to the Street: Union Gospel Mission offers an innovative program to help the homeless across Metro Vancouver

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07.07.2010

Oppenheimer Park to be filled with laughter, fun and 5,000 BBQ meals.

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05.05.2010

Mother’s Day Miracle: A mother’s love endures homelessness as she celebrates Mother’s Day with her daughter.

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03.15.2010

From Concrete Streets to Wooded Wonderland: Summer Camp Transforms the Life of Downtown Eastside Youth.

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01.14.2010

Former addict turned poet John Oakley releases book, donates all proceeds to charities that have changed his life.

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12.18.2009

Donations Down at Union Gospel Mission: Shoppers aren’t the only ones waiting until the last minute; donors are too.

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12.07.2009

As is tradition, UGM will host its 69th annual scrumptious Christmas dinner for the hungry, hurting and homeless of the Downtown Eastside on Saturday, December 12.

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12.02.2009

The recession may be over, but the need continues; The number of EI beneficiaries in Vancouver increased by almost 250% since last September, to over thirty one thousand people on EI in Vancouver alone.

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11.19.2009

A Response to the Assistance to Shelter Act By Bill Mollard, Union Gospel Mission President.

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11.15.2009

Local Chrysler Dealership Driven to Support Union Gospel Mission: Maple Ridge Chrysler Raises $18,000 in month-long campaign.

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10.19.2009

150 of the Lower Mainland’s poorest kids are enjoying the day of their lives today as they make a whirlwind tour of Disneyland thanks to the Dreams Take Flight program. Ten of those kids have been invited from Union Gospel Mission’s Families and Children’s programs.

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10.11.2009

Vancouver, BC – Can art heal? Try asking the artists featured in a show titled: “Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown East Side.”

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10.09.2009

Union Gospel Mission is projecting record numbers and long lineups as they serve 4,000 turkey dinners with all the trimmings on Thanksgiving Monday, October 12, 2009.

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