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Mission Community Foundation improves capacity at Mission’s Union Gospel Mission

Vancouver, BC—The cycle of poverty is extremely hard to break, and it often cannot be done without the help of others—and sometimes the right tools. The Mission Community Foundation’s Negrin Fund is donating $500 to UGM in Mission. This will enable the nonprofit to purchase a much-needed tool that many of us take for granted: a TV and DVD player.

The new equipment will allow UGM to show life-skills DVDs to community members who attend the mission’s daily programs, as well as inspirational movies to families and children. The adult DVDs have been proven to be especially instrumental in helping individuals set boundaries, take control over their lives, and move towards stability and independence.

“Every day we help many people who struggle to make healthy choices for their families and their own lives,” says Karen Flanagan, UGM’s Manager in Mission. “This will be a great asset for us as we work to transform our community by helping people overcome poverty, homelessness and addiction.”

UGM has been actively involved in the city of Mission for 15 years, providing comprehensive programs and services such as meals, hot showers, supportive counselling and referrals, and Life Skills classes. By doing so, UGM is able to address a wide range of issues, holistically helping each individual who engages with them.

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children throughout Greater Vancouver 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. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. To find out more, visit


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