“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” –Luke 2:14
Each year as the Advent season approaches, I’m thankful for a time that allows me to pause and in some way experience the longing and waiting that often comes before the joy and hope that Christmas delivers. In Vancouver, Christmas is a bright spot in a dark, wet and cold season. Compared to most, winter can be even bleaker for our guests—many who are struggling to survive on the street, or uncertain of where their next meal is coming from. It can be especially hopeless if you lack family, connection, or community.
That’s one thing that is served alongside each meal you provide for our neighbours in need. Not just food to combat hunger, but a way out of isolation, back into community, supported by caring staff who desire to see the lives of our guests move forward. Just one meal can provide the opportunity to plant seeds of trust and tell someone: You are loved. There is hope
A meal is just one crucial part of UGM’s Continuum of Care. See, we want someone to be nourished—then perhaps they can imagine making other difficult changes in their life. That might mean finding a safe night’s rest in our Emergency Shelter, or working through recovery in our A&D Programs, or maybe seeking help with finding long-term housing or employment. We want to meet the needs of the whole guest—but that only happens once hunger subsides.
We’re so grateful that you desire to see lives changed this winter, just as Jonas’ was. For just $3.29, you could provide a meal that makes a difference in someone’s life. Because you care, miracles are truly going to happen this Christmas.
On behalf of all of us at UGM, I hope that God richly blesses you this season.
William B. Mollard