UGM To Serve 3,000 Easter Meals
(Vancouver) – Easter is the season of second chances for Chloe Milne. After a terrifying fentanyl scare and years of homelessness in both Vancouver and Victoria, the 27-year-old will spend this Easter helping to rescue others.
“I could have died. It was really eye-opening,” she says of her fentanyl overdose in early 2017. “I finally realized how bad my addiction had become. It was so scary.”
Chloe attended middle school in Victoria, where she began struggling with anxiety and depression at about 13 years old. She began experimenting with alcohol as an attempt to self-medicate. By her early twenties, Milne was regularly using cocaine and various opioids. Her addiction spun out of control and Chloe found herself homeless.
“It was horrible,” says Chloe. “Not knowing where you’re gonna sleep or if you’re gonna sleep…Or if you’re safe. It’s a feeling I never want to experience again.”
After several attempts at detox and recovery, Chloe suffered a fentanyl overdose in the Downtown Eastside. Desperate and scared, she was soon referred to Union Gospel Mission’s Sanctuary stabilization program for women, where she sought refuge not once, but twice.
“Being here removed me from the chaos and negativity,” says Chloe. “I could slow down and look around…the love I felt at the Sanctuary saved my life…One of the most important things in my recovery is stability and stable housing. I work very hard to maintain that.”
Now more than one year sober, Chloe regularly volunteers at UGM in hopes of making a positive impact on others. She will join hundreds of volunteers on Saturday, March 31st, when UGM serves up to 3,000 Easter meals to those in need.
“I just want to give back a fraction of what I was given,” says Chloe. “My life was saved by UGM’s Sanctuary – twice.”
“Chloe’s story highlights the importance of our guests feeling loved immediately upon entering our doors,” says UGM President Bill Mollard. “As we continue to see more women and families seeking help at UGM, we believe our Easter dinner will be a turning point for others like her.”
Date: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Time: Meals served 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Main location: 601 East Hastings, Vancouver (@ Princess)
Secondary locations: Women and Families Centre 616 East Cordova,
UGM New Westminster: 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)
- 2,000 lbs of ham
- 900 lbs of scalloped potatoes
- 270 litres of pineapple sauce
- 750 lbs of mixed vegetables
- 600 apple pies
- 400 litres of ice cream
- 300 dozen buttered buns
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ABOUT UNION GOSPEL MISSION
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 emergency shelter, meals, outreach, career development counselling, education, safe and affordable housing, addiction recovery, and much more 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 www.ugm.ca.