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UGM and Clearly join forces to provide prescription glasses in the Downtown Eastside

Vancouver, B.C.— Elaine had nowhere to turn when her glasses broke more than a year ago. Living on a fixed income and unable to afford proper prescription lenses, she is unable to read books and sometimes struggles just to walk down the street.

“I have some bumps on my head and I have tripped and fallen quite a few times,” she says. “You misjudge things when you are running on drug store glasses. You think there’s a step and it’s a bigger step or you think that branch isn’t so close...”

That will change when Clearly and Union Gospel Mission partner this Saturday, June 24th. The Vancouver-based company will offer free prescription glasses to residents of the Downtown Eastside with a special focus on children & families.

“Poor vision affects every area of a child’s life”, says UGM’s Jeremy Hunka. “It’s difficult to study, succeed in school and eventually find employment. Even basic tasks are a challenge. We know glasses give empowerment and opportunity so we’re thankful Clearly has stepped up to help.”

Residents who bring a written prescription to the event will have time to consult with Clearly staff upon arrival. Their new glasses will be ready for pickup within a few weeks.

“It’s a godsend and I’m thrilled,” says 70-year-old Elaine. “I’m totally impressed.”


Date:             Saturday, June 24th
Time:            9:00 – 12:00 (children & families); 1:00 – 4:00 (open to all)
Where:        361 Heatley Avenue - Maurice McElrea Place
Note:            Media who wish to attend are asked to contact Jeremy before arrival. Eye
exams are not provided at the event and a written prescription must be


Jeremy Hunka
Senior PR Specialist, Union Gospel Mission
Cell: (604) 996-1417
[email protected]

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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