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The recession may be over, but the need continues

Vancouver, BC - The Canadian economy grew an annualized 0.4% in the third quarter, the first growth in a year. But the sting of the recession is still being felt acutely in Vancouver’s poorest neighbourhood. The number of EI beneficiaries in Vancouver increased by almost 250% since last September, to over thirty one thousand people on EI in Vancouver alone (source: Stats Canada).

Many of those jobless will be celebrating Christmas early this year at Union Gospel Mission’s 2009 Christmas dinner on December 12th. UGM expects to serve thousands of meals, many of them to the working poor. 
Over the last year, the Union Gospel Mission breadline has doubled in length, and demand for almost all of UGM’s services – meals, addiction recovery program, women’s and men’s drop-in programs, and programs for children and families. 
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 10 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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