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44 Organizations Band Together to Help Homeless

(Vancouver) – More than 40 organizations will band together on Wednesday, centralizing dozens of services at Union Gospel Mission at the same time, on the same day, all on the same city block.

“It could possibly help me get off the streets,” says 26-year-old Michael, who is currently homeless in the Downtown Eastside. “To have it all in one place will help so I don’t have to go through so many loopholes.”

UGM’s 6th annual Summer Connect aims to streamline access to vital supports for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness on Wednesday, June 14th. Everything from wheelchair repair to mental health supports will be offered during the 4 hour event, including hair styling, hearing exams, healthcare supports, rental & housing help, employment services, voicemail access, connections to legal advocates and more. Princess Avenue will be shut down to accommodate dozens of booths and more than 1,500 attendees.

“Navigating the system can seem overwhelming, especially if you are living on the edge,” says Union Gospel Mission’s Jeremy Hunka. “Where do you go for jobs, literacy training, emergency rental help or bike repair? Summer Connect brings it all together so guests can make strides in one day that might normally take days, weeks or even months.”

“As a company dedicated to mental health, it was important for us to get involved in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where a number of people living with mental illnesses are unable to easily access much-needed services that are spread out across the city,” says Lundbeck Canada’s John Raaby, a main sponsor of the event. “We know mental health supports are crucial in the Downtown Eastside and beyond. Summer Connect greatly aligns with our goal of improving the lives of Canadians living with mental illness. We are happy to make a difference in this practical way – bringing together dozens of organizations to impact hundreds of lives.”

Date:       Wednesday, June 14th
Time:      11:00 – 3:00
Where:   UGM Main Location, 601 East Hastings (@ Princess)

Jeremy Hunka,
Cell: (604) 996-1417
[email protected]

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Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for more than 75 years. Through its seven locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides meals, emergency shelter, career development counselling, clothing, education, safe housing and alcohol and drug recovery to those struggling with poverty, homelessness and addiction. The heart of the mission is to demonstrate God’s transforming love, ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild lives and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. To learn more, visit

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