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Union Gospel Mission to Serve Thanksgiving Meal for Thousands

October 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Union Gospel Mission to Serve Thanksgiving Meal for Thousands

What:

The Union Gospel Mission dining room will be a flurry of activity on Thanksgiving Monday, as UGM guests will be treated to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. UGM expects to serve some 3,000 people throughout the lower mainland.

When:

Monday, October 11th (Thanksgiving Day); Doors open at 10:00am, meals served at 10:30am until 4:00pm.

Where:

616 East Cordova Street (corner of Cordova and Princess).

Other Locations Served:

New Westminster Drop-in: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon)

Mission Drop-in: 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)

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.”

Who – About UGM:

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for nearly 70 years. Through its 8 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 http://www.ugm.ca.

To see an experience of last year’s dinner at UGM, please see here

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Free Breakfast at Customer Appreciation Event at Subways Woodwards on Aug 19 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

August 19, 2010 Leave a comment

From 7AM to 10 AM, Vancouver Downtown Eastside residents were among the many who received a free  breakfast at Subway of a ham and cheese egg muffin melt and a coffee during Subway Woodwards’ Customer Appreciation Event

AHA MEDIA films at Gourmet Texas BBQ with UGM and Glowbal Restaurant group at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver Downtown Eastside

August 10, 2010 2 comments

On Tuesday, August 10thUnion Gospel Mission will partner with the Glowbal Restaurant Group to a serve thousands of free gourmet BBQ meals to the people of the Downtown Eastside.

Hungry folks lined up for the delicious meals prepared by chefs of Glowbal Restaurant Group

The newly renovated Oppenheimer Park will be packed with guests enjoying a mouth-watering menu of BBQ chicken, beef brisket, ribs, potato salad, coleslaw, corn bread, baked beans, iced tea and butter tart bars for desert, all prepared by six chefs – one from each Glowbal Group Restaurants.

In the next photo and video, April Smith of AHA MEDIA speaks with J. Stewart, Manager of Communications & Media Relations at UGM and during the Texas BBQ in Oppenheimer Park


This video was filmed by April Smith of AHA MEDIA on a New Media camera Fujifilm S200EXR. AHA MEDIA is about exploring mobile media production through New Media cameras. For a better quality version of this video, please DM April Smith @AprilFilms on Twitter or Facebook.com/AprilFilms

Below is a photo of J and Randy of UGM

Happy folks enjoying their mouth watering meals!

A special Children’s section of Oppenheimer Park enabled kids to play games

Many people enjoyed their time together as a community

Music provided by DJ Free Lance with Pher on Drum got Downtown Eastside folks dancing!

In this video, Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) folks dance to “Don’t Stop till You get Enough”  during UGM and Glowbal Group Texas BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

In this video, Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) folks dance to the song “Love Shack” during UGM and Glowbal Group Texas BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

In this video, Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) folks dance to the song “Celebration” during UGM and Glowbal Group Texas BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

In this video, Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES) folks dance to “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson and “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles during UGM and Glowbal Group Texas BBQ in Oppenheimer Park

Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants in Vancouver

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

The Vancouver Foundation has partnered with the City of Vancouver (Social Planning Division) to fund Neighbourhood Small Grant projects focused on “urban food” with various Neighbourhood Houses.

This pilot project is called the “Greenest City Neighbourhood Small Grants”.

The timeline for this pilot initiative with the City is from July to
October 31, 2010. This means that we would need to have the projects
funded to take place by end of October.

“Urban Food Projects” which City would like to support include any NSG
Projects that have a “food” focus.  This means the projects may cover
building food gardens or garden plots, educational workshops (i.e.
canning, cooking) or workbooks  cookbooks or manuals related to food.

Check out our website and click the sidebar “ad” which will take you
to the application form at
http://www.neighbourhoodsmallgrants.ca/urbanfood.

Deadline is August 1, 2010 at 5 p.m. and you will be notified on or
before August 9, 2010.

Application forms can also be found at RayCam, Strathcona, or Carnegie
Community Centres.

5,000 BBQ meals by Union Gospel Mission for Summer BBQ at Oppenheimer Park

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Oppenheimer Park to be filled with laughter, fun and 5,000 BBQ meals at Union Gospel Mission Summer BBQ

What: On Saturday, July 17, Union Gospel Mission will serve its largest meal of the year: a massive, inner-city BBQ with 5,000 meals for the Downtown Eastside community. Men, women and children will feast on hamburgers, hot dogs, snacks and refreshments as they enjoy live music and entertainment. The supervised kids’ carnival area will have face-painting, water balloons, cotton candy and a classic carnival bouncy-house.

When: Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Where: Oppenheimer Park (Cordova Street between Dunlevy and Jackson)

Google Maps link to location: http://bit.ly/aPbrMP

Why: A great event for Downtown Eastside individuals and families, the BBQ also gives UGM outreach workers the chance to build relationships and trust with those in need.

Heads-up: Second BBQ in August!

Thanks to the generosity of the Glowbal Restaurant Group, UGM will host a second summer BBQ on August 10th. After the success of Glowbal’s Table for 2000 gourmet Christmas meal for the Downtown Eastside last December, Glowbal approached UGM about throwing a huge Texas-style BBQ. Prepared by all six of Glowbal’s executive chefs, the meal will feature a menu of braised beef brisket, slow roasted baby back ribs, chipotle BBQ chicken, and more. Besides being a truly unique treat for Downtown Eastside residents, this BBQ will give UGM Outreach workers another chance to connect with locals in a casual, open environment.

About UGM:

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for nearly 70 years. Through its 8 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. To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

UGM to dish out hope and new beginnings along with Easter dinner on Good Friday, April 2, 2010

March 29, 2010 Leave a comment
Vancouver, B.C. – On Good Friday, April 2nd, 2010, Union Gospel Mission will serve over 3,000 delicious Easter meals to Metro Vancouver’s homeless and struggling women, men, and families. This Easter, in the spirit of spring and new beginnings, UGM is putting a special emphasis on promoting new possibilities for those affected by poverty through its outreach and recovery programs, women and children’s services, and affordable housing initiatives.

Along the theme of new beginnings, this meal will be UGM’s second annual “Orange Day.” Every year, UGM’s Easter dinner guests are given an orange when they leave as a token of hope and a symbol of a fresh start. This year, the entire day will go “orange”. Volunteers and staff will be dressed in brightly coloured orange clothing, adorned with Orange Day buttons, while UGM’s walls will be splashed with colourful posters.

Squeeze the Day! How the Public can Participate

The week prior to Easter, UGM will be encouraging the public to “squeeze the day” and keep the community spirit of the Olympics alive by hitting the streets and enjoying Vancouver’s free attractions and public space. Then, whatever’s saved can be donated to UGM at ugm.ca, whether it is $10 (the price of a movie ticket) or $70 (the price of a concert). Last year UGM’s goal was $12,000; that number was nearly doubled as whopping $23,000 was collected in support of UGM’s programs. This year, UGM aims to raise even more to provide hope and help to the hungry, hurting, and homeless across Metro Vancouver.

Participants are encouraged to join the orange community by sharing their experiences on the web. http://www.ugm.ca/orangeday has been set up as a centre to automatically collect content such as Flickr photos, tweets, or Facebook posts tagged with #orangeday. UGM will be partnering with local bloggers like Miss604 (www.miss604.com) throughout the week to help communicate the project to the public.

To find out more, visit http://www.ugm.ca/orangeday and see the Orange Day Event Kickoff details below.

Easter Meal Details:

When: Friday, April 2nd, 2010, 10:30am to 4:30pm

* The media are welcome to come early and get footage of set-up

* Doors open at 10:00am; first meal served at 10:30am

Where: Main Location: 616 East Cordova, Vancouver

Other Locations Served:

* New Westminster Drop-in: 529 Queens Avenue, New Westminster

* Mission Drop-in: 33071 Railway Avenue, Mission

* The Orchard Housing Complex, Surrey

* Maurice McElrea Place, Vancouver

Items Served:

* 130 hams (2,400 lbs)

* 1,100 lbs of scalloped potatoes

* 750 lbs of vegetables

* 50 gallons (190 litres) of pineapple sauce

* 3,600 dinner rolls

* 585 apple pies

* 350 litres of ice cream

Orange Day Events:

Campaign Kickoff: Gastown Photowalk

To kick off the week, you’re invited to a Gastown Photowalk. UGM’s own Leah Gregg will guide you as you get to know this part of the city with new eyes and through your camera lens, spend an afternoon outside, and – best of all – you don’t have to spend a penny!

When: Saturday, March 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Where: Meet at the Gassy Jack statue at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

What to bring: Outdoor-wear; camera or cellphone with camera.

Why: UGM’s Orange Day campaign is about getting out and enjoying Vancouver without spending money, and then donating what you would have spent toward UGM’s Easter Meal.

Who: Invite your friends! Invite everyone!

Orange Day Tweet-Up

Join Vancouver bloggers and UGM staff and volunteers as we chill together and get the word out online about the Orange Day campaign. Then, weather permitting, we’ll walk over to Crab Park to have some fun Orange Day activities and create bright, fresh “analog tweets” to spread the love and encourage homeless in our city and guests at the UGM meal.

When: Monday, March 29, 6:00pm (Chill Winston meetup); 7:00pm (Orange fun at Crab Park)

Where: Meet at Chill Winston, at the intersection of Carrall, Powell, and Water Streets.

What to bring: Outdoor-wear; camera or cellphone with camera to take pictures of you with your posters.

Who: Everyone is welcome

About UGM:

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching hungry, hurting, and homeless men, women, youth, and children for nearly 70 years. Through its 8 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.

To find out more, visit www.ugm.ca.

A Table for 2000: Union Gospel Mission partners with a celebrated local restaurant group to host a free gourmet meal for the Vancouver Downtown Eastside.

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment

A Table for 2000:

Union Gospel Mission partners with a celebrated local restaurant group to host a free gourmet meal for the Downtown Eastside.

Just in time for Christmas, thousands of Downtown Eastside residents will enjoy the gourmet dinner of the season on Wednesday, December 23rd when Union Gospel Mission hosts A Table for 2000, a free culinary feast that is being made possible by the generosity and volunteer-time of a celebrated local restaurant group. The entire event is designed to give Downtown Eastside residents a unique, fine dining Christmas experience.

To accommodate so many guests, UGM will erect a tent outside of its building on Princess Street between Hastings and Cordova, seating 700 at a time. The spacious environment will ensure that guests don’t feel rushed as they enjoy hand-carved honey glazed ham and oven roasted beef strip loin with traditional festive gravy,  buttered vegetables with fresh herbs, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, an Italian pasta bar, fresh baked buns with whipped sea salt butter, and chocolate mousse tarts for desert. The tent will be decorated with festive lights and Christmas trees, and guests will be serenaded by carolers and the Vancouver Firefighters Band. At the end of the evening, guests will depart with a stocking full of goodies to help add some holiday cheer to the Christmas season.

UGM will offer a shopping cart valet service, so that guests can relax and dine leisurely with the knowledge that their belongings are secure. The SPCA will be on-hand to care for and feed dogs.

The Details

What: Union Gospel Mission partners with Glowbal Restaurant Group to present A Table for 2000, a gourmet Christmas feast in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside that is free to all.

Where: Princess Street between Hastings and Cordova, beside Union Gospel Mission. The street will be closed to traffic for this event, and guests will enjoy the meal in a heated tent with festive lights and Christmas trees, while being serenaded by carolers and the Vancouver Firefighters Band.

When: Wednesday, December 23, 2009

3:00pm: Priority seating for seniors, families, and those with special needs

4:00 – 7:30pm: event open to the public

Why: The Glowbal Restaurant Group approached UGM with the simple desire to provide a festive, gourmet, free Christmas meal to the Downtown Eastside. About 100 Glowbal employees will be volunteering at the event.

Carts and dogs are welcome; they will be securely cared for.

About UGM

Union Gospel Mission has been reaching the hungry, hurting and homeless for nearly 70 years. Through its 10 locations in Metro Vancouver and the city of Mission, UGM provides counseling, education, safe housing, and alcohol and drug recovery to men, women, youth and children 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.