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UGM’s dining room installations revealed as it prepares to serve over 3,000 meals this Easter

Vancouver, BC—This Easter, as hundreds of Downtown Eastside residents join Union Gospel Mission for a celebratory feast, they will encounter a special surprise. Thanks to sponsorship from the Rennie Collection, Emily Carr University of Art and Design was able to dedicate an entire semester’s class to researching, visioning and creating several multi-dimensional paintings and instillations. Twelve ambitious students carried out the project, taking into account community input, and this Easter, the DTES community members will see it for the first time.

UGM is preparing to serve over 3,000 meals at numerous locations—most of them on the DTES—amidst live music and joyful volunteers from all walks of life. The free meal will be a gateway for many in the community living in poverty, homeless, and addiction to access the practical help and support through the programs that UGM has to offer.

“When a meal is among friends and family, it is never just about food,” says Bruce Curtiss, UGM’s Senior Chaplain. “Community in this context communicates a sense of belonging. This restores feelings of hope and safety, making it possible for vulnerable people to open up and trust others again.”

UGM will once again partner with Clearlycontacts.ca who will distribute eye glasses to those in need. An optometrist will be onsite as well, to assist pre-scheduled UGM guests with more complex vision issues.  As an Easter send-off from the meal, all guests will receive socks, a spring orange, and a chocolate as they leave the dining facility. This day-long event is made possible thanks to UGM’s donors, staff and over 250 volunteers from all over Metro Vancouver.

When:
Saturday, April 7, 2012; 10:30am – 4:30pm (doors open at 10:00am)

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

The Menu:
•    3,500 lbs of ham
•    900 lbs of scalloped potatoes
•    270 litres of pineapple sauce
•    750 lbs of mixed vegetables
•    800 apple pies
•    560 litres of ice cream
•    400 dozen buttered buns

Special Services:
•    Clearlycontacts.ca and an optometrist will be onsite
•    Clearlycontacts.ca will distribute reading glasses (10:00am – 2:00pm)
•    The optometrist will conduct scheduled appointments with DTES clients, working with Clearlycontacts.ca to secure the right corrective glasses.

Other Locations:
•    UGM New Westminster – 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)
•    UGM City of Mission – 33071 Railway Avenue (doors open at noon)
•    UGM Women and Families Centre – 601 E Cordova Street (doors open at 10:00am)

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. UGM is a proud member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

27/03/2012

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