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

What: Union Gospel Mission is preparing to serve 3,000 to 4,000 Easter dinners to the Downtown Eastside community while they enjoy live music in the new UGM building. Those without homes, the warmth of family, and those with limited resources who just need an extra boost are invited to eat with the UGM family. UGM will also be serving Easter dinners at three other locations across Greater Vancouver.

When: Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 am – 4:30 pm (Doors open at 10:00am)

Where: 601 East Hastings, (corner of Princess and Hastings); The new UGM facility which officially opened Monday, April 18, 2011.

Why: UGM Senior Chaplain Bruce Curtiss explains that the meal is about more than just providing physical sustenance: “Certainly we are here to meet a very real physical need, but on holidays especially, when the pain of poverty can be more deeply-felt, we want to make sure that guests who come through our doors feel cared for and loved. Through these meals people can get connected with our outreach workers and our programs. They find out that we have an Alcohol and Drug recovery program, we offer job training, we have independent housing suites and much more. We want them to break free from the cycle of homelessness, poverty and addiction. That has to start somewhere, and for most people who come through our programs, it starts with a meal.”

What we will serve:
We are prepared to serve the following across four locations
•    4,000 lbs ham
•    700 lbs of scalloped potatoes
•    600 lbs of vegetables
•     70 gallons pineapple sauce
•    1,000 apple pies
•    127 gallons of ice cream

Other Locations Served:
•    New Westminster 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)
•    City of Mission Drop-in: Drop-in: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon)
•    Cordova Mission

About UGM:
Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for over 70 years. Through its 8 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, 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 the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

22/04/2011

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