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Union Gospel Mission Rolls Out The Red Carpet

(Vancouver) Twenty-eight-year-old Cameo can hardly sleep. The single mother and resident of UGM’s The Sanctuary never thought she would personally welcome royalty to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

“I’m excited and I’m anxious,” says Cameo. “Truly what I feel in my heart is this is a once in a lifetime thing.”

Cameo is one of several women expecting to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visit Vancouver this weekend. In preparation, Cameo and other UGM guests will post an eight-metre-long ‘Welcome’ sign on UGM’s outside wall. She expects the royal visit to be a precious memory to share with her 3-month-old daughter, and hopes the impact will last a lifetime.

“I think that it’s something I can tell her later on in life…We’re going to be remembered and maybe some people will have some new things to think about the DTES [because of the visit].”

“For women and families in the Downtown Eastside ­– particularly those who are struggling – the royal visit serves as a reminder that they matter,” says UGM’s Jeremy Hunka. “We welcome the royal couple and the attention they bring, and we hope this inspires Vancouverites to stand behind women like Cameo who are working toward a new life. We think they’re worthy of royalty too.”


Downtown Eastside residents will paint and post an eight-metre-long “Welcome” sign on UGM’s Women & Families building. As a personal touch, passersby will have an opportunity to place their handprint on the sign in multi-coloured paint. Cameo will be onsite to answer questions from the media.

Date:         Friday, September 23rd
Time:      12:15-12:45
Where:   Union Gospel Mission, 601 East Hastings


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


UGM’s The Sanctuary is a safe, stable and secure refuge for women struggling with addiction and their babies. The stabilization suites provide 24/7 live-in support, bridging the gap between detox and recovery, or from recovery to supported housing.


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, safe housing, alcohol and drug recovery, career counselling and education 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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