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Union Gospel Mission starts off Homelessness Action Week with Thanksgiving Meal, serving 3,000 meals to the DTES

WHAT (UGM):
The Union Gospel Mission dining room will be a flood of activity on Thanksgiving Monday, October 14, as those who are struggling to make ends meet will be treated to a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. UGM expects to serve some 3,000 meals throughout the lower mainland—mainly in Vancouver but also in New Westminster. 
 
WHAT (Vancouver):
The seventh annual Homelessness Action Week (HAW) in Metro Vancouver is October 13 – 19, 2012. As a part of this event UGM will be hosting the Eastside Stride for the second year. The Stride is a two-hour walking tour walking tour of the Downtown Eastside available from October 12 to 20 to anyone who wants to know more about the neighbourhood’s past and present. 
Learn/sign-up: www.ugm.ca/haw 
Watch the video: bit.ly/16DOtNG 
 
WHEN:
Monday, October 14th (Thanksgiving Day) 
Doors open at 10:00am, meals served at 10:30am until 4:30pm
Media are welcome to set up earlier, just connect with Keela if coming before 9:30am.
 
WHERE:
Main location 
601 East Hastings, Vancouver (@ Princess Street) 
 
OTHER LOCATIONS:
UGM Women’s and Families Centre – 616 East Cordova 
UGM New Westminster: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon)
 
THE MEAL:
  • 1,590 kg of turkey (3,500 lbs – the equivalent of 160 turkeys)
  • 800 lbs of mashed potatoes
  • 700 lbs of vegetables
  • 800 lbs of stuffing
  • 300 litres of gravy
  • 260 litres of cranberry sauce
  • 4,500 dinner rolls (375 dozen)
  • 800 pumpkin pies
  • 400 litres of ice cream
WHY:
UGM Senior Chaplain Bruce Curtiss explains that the meal is about more than just providing physical sustenance: “For many of our guests, this is a special time to celebrate and give thanks for what they do have, which is often very little. Over and over, we’ve seen Thanksgiving leading to hope, and hope inspiring courage, and courage – with friends to stand alongside – leading to transformed lives. But it all starts with this Thanksgiving meal, where we’re able to start fostering new relationships which can lead to changed lives through this very special day.
Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing the lives of men, women, and children for over 70 years. Through its 7 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. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.
9/10/13
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