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

What: Over 600 low-income families and individuals will be treated to professional hair and make-up styling in preparation for a memorable photo experience this Christmas, as Union Gospel Mission partners with Help-Portrait photographers to donate their time, gear and expertise to those in need. Amidst live music, free hot chocolate and festive activities, guests will be professionally “made-up” and their family or individual portrait will be taken and given back to them. Taking place in the expanded UGM facility, this event will see the street shut down at Princess to accommodate the street-party portion of the event.

Who: Help-Portrait is a global movement of photographers using their time, gear and expertise to give back to those in need. To date, over 100,000 portraits have been delivered worldwide, made possible by 20,000 volunteers in over 1,000 locations.  Volunteers don’t profit in any way from the photos. Their focus is to create a truly cherished memory for the guests, and a photo to share with friends and family.

UGM exists to ease the burden of the most vulnerable, rebuild the lives of the broken, and offer dignity to those who feel cast aside.

Other partners include Nehemiah Arts Foundation and Artisan Church.

When: Saturday, December 3, 2011: 10:00AM – 6:00PM

Where: Union Gospel Mission: 601 East Hastings, (corner of Princess and Hastings)

Why: A family portrait or individual portrait can be deeply meaningful for years to
come, but many low-income families or individuals cannot afford a portrait for the holidays.
•    Over 40 photographers will be helping at 5 photography studios created for the day at the UGM Cornerstone drop-in
•    At least 12 make-up artists and hair stylists will be preparing the guests for their photo shoot
•    After their photo shoot, guests are led to print and edit stations where they can choose two 4x6 photos to have printed
•    Guests can take advantage of the free holiday card and postage station to send the portrait to friends and family
•    Clothing on Wheels’ mobile store will be available for guests to access new and near-new clothing (at no charge)

About UGM:
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 9 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. To find out more, visit


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