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Crises Colliding: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 & The Opioid Epidemic


What happens if the very measures that are supposed to keep you safe from COVID-19 put you at risk of another deadly crisis? For many of our neighbors struggling with mental health and addiction, the collision between COVID-19 and the opioid crisis has escalated into a new level of urgent threat. Deaths of our neighbors […]

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UGM’s Response to Cases of COVID-19


Blog Updated: October 21, 2020 at 1:3oPM The wellbeing of our guests and community means everything to us. The safety of every single person who passes through our doors is always our top concern, now, more than ever—whether it’s a guest, resident, donor, staff, volunteer or visitor. Because our community means the world to us, […]

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September, School & Self-Care During COVID-19


We’re now 6 months into the turbulent airplane ride also known as COVID-19 and if you’re a parent like me, you still feel like you’re hurtling through the continuously bumpy skies. Metaphorical air masks are dangling, and if you haven’t done it already, you need to put yours on first before you can help anyone […]

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Hiking for Our Lives: Nature as a Lifeline in COVID-19 — and Beyond


When the world feels like it’s crashing down all around us, drinking in a fiery sunset can remind us that there’s still hope. Whether it’s hiking to a mountain peak or camping by a pristine lake, getting out in nature is a crucial lifeline. But beyond rescuing our sanity during COVID-19, nature is also saving […]

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Save Your Sanity With These 6 Parenting Tips For Summer


Summer means freedom, especially for kids. Except this time, you’re feeling trapped smack-dab in the middle of a global pandemic. There were no how-to survival guides on parenting during school lockdown restrictions — and you’re desperate for new ideas. Now, you’re trying to figure out how to stay sane this summer, while you’re juggling more […]

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3 Reasons Why We Need to Invest In Women (And How We’re Going to Do It)


Can you believe that we’re already halfway through 2020? Neither can we! This milestone is especially exciting for Union Gospel Mission because that means we’re steadily inching closer to 2021, when our brand new Women & Families Centre can open up and welcome hundreds of women and children to safety and stability inside. We’ve been […]

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Bridging The Fringes: What It’s Like Delivering Hope During a Pandemic


We never know what we are going to find when we jump inside our rescue vehicle and set out for the day. All we do know is that people always need help, and they need help now more than ever.  A day as an Outreach Worker at Union Gospel Mission means that we are driving […]

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Learning & Unlearning: Building an Anti-Racist Community at UGM


The past few weeks we have all been grappling with the racist violence that has shaken our world. We have refocused our attention on the deep pain being inflicted on minorities, whether they be Black, Indigenous or People of Colour (BIPOC). More than ever, we are becoming more aware of the deeply rooted racism that […]

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Mothers Day: Celebrating Our Superheroes


While things sometimes feel like they’re falling apart around us, there’s a hidden group of women silently and resiliently holding us all together with their superhuman efforts—our moms. As we approach Mothers Day, there are two things they desperately need right now: to be celebrated for their everyday heroics and for us to be there […]

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The Business of Hope During COVID-19


In the midst of hardship, we know it’s still possible – and essential – to maintain hope. I know, I know, how can we possibly say that while stores are boarded up, livelihoods are put into question, and everyone is struggling? While all completely true, this pandemic is most definitely also bringing out the best […]

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Being Kind and Spreading Hope in the Time of COVID-19


This week has been strange and unsettling! At times, it’s felt anxiety-inducing and apocalyptic. Events are being cancelled and people are required to self-quarantine. Many are exhibiting unexpected hoarding behaviours out of a drive to survive the next weeks. In many other ways though, it’s also brought hope and incredible acts of innovative community and […]

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Being the Church in the Time of COVID-19


This week has been a bit strange and unsettling! At times it’s felt anxiety-inducing and apocalyptic. Events being cancelled and people requiring self-quarantines. Many are exhibiting unexpected hoarding behaviours out of a drive to survive the next weeks. In many other ways though, it’s also brought hope and incredible acts of innovative community and support, […]

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How UGM is Urgently Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic


Updated July 24th 11:26AM, 2020 We’re so grateful for your support as we confront the COVID-19 crisis together. UGM is committed to continue safeguarding our community amidst this COVID-19 pandemic.  Ever since the pandemic was declared, we have been taking swift and urgent emergency steps to safeguard our guests, volunteers, and staff. We know our […]

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A Love Story that Will Make You Believe in Love Again


As Valentines Day closes in, we’re all bombarded by love. It feels like it’s in every shop, window, or social media post. Not only are we constantly reminded of how much we all want love, but also how it might have betrayed us in the past.  We have literally every reason to question love: couples […]

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5 New Year’s Resolutions with a “Twist”


Let’s face it – New Year’s Resolutions can be a bit discouraging, especially when you look back on the trainwreck of last year’s goals. Usually they fade away by the second week of January, if not earlier, and it can be tempting to not even bother. So here’s some “resolutions” that will not only be […]

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How a Homeless Man Found His Voice This Election


If you’re anything like me, voting in the federal election didn’t exactly fill you with joy. Impatiently standing in line. Marking it with an “X,”  moving on with your day. Voting is a chore, just something we might do if we have time. At least, that’s what I thought…until recently, when my perspective on voting […]

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Why The Best Jobs in Vancouver are Non-Profit Jobs


Picture this: you groggily roll out of bed and begin getting ready for work with coffee in hand, when you notice something is suspiciously absent from your usual morning routine. Somewhere between breakfast and the front door, the realization slowly hits you that, unlike your typical work day, your feelings of apathy and reluctance are […]

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