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UGM kicks off Homelessness Action Week with all-day Thanksgiving Dinner served to 1000s on the Downtown Eastside on Monday Oct 10, 2011

October 9, 2011 1 comment


The Union Gospel Mission dining room will be a flurry of activity on Thanksgiving Monday, as the homeless, addicted and those struggling to make ends meet will be treated to a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings. UGM expects to serve some 3,000 people throughout the lower mainland—mainly in Vancouver but also in New Westminster, and Mission.

WHAT (Vancouver)

The sixth annual Homelessness Action Week (HAW) in Metro Vancouver is October 10 – 16 2011


Monday, October 10th (Thanksgiving Day)

Doors open at 10:00am, meals served at 10:30am until 4:00pm

Media are welcome to set up earlier, just connect with Keela if coming before 9:30am


Main location

601 East Hastings, Vancouver (@ Princess Street)

Other locations

UGM New Westminster: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at noon)

UGM Mission: 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)

THE MEAL – By the numbers

•           170 turkeys (3,200 lbs)

•           1,500 lbs of mashed potatoes

•           900 lbs of vegetables

•           900 lbs of stuffing

•           70 gallons of gravy

•           300 lbs of cranberry sauce

•           4,000 dinner rolls

•           650 pumpkin pies

•           300 litres of ice cream


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.”


UGM is part of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition, which, every year raises public awareness of homelessness during Homelessness Actions Week ( News will be released about their events including Homelessness Connect, a fundraiser with a thought-provoking talk on harm reduction, and a homelessness awareness movie called “Dark Days.” Funds raised during that week will support “I’s on the Street,” a nonprofit social enterprise that provides those in need with stepping stones for employment.

WHO – About UGM

Union Gospel Mission has been feeding hope and changing lives of men, women, youth, and children for nearly 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

AHA MEDIA at UGM and Glowbal Collection Group Table for 2000 Christmas Dinners in Vancouver DTES

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

On a rainy Eve of  Christmas Eve 2010, AHA MEDIA attended the Table for 2000 generously sponsored by UGM and Glowbal Collection Group in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below is a video of Table for 2000 at UGM

Below are photos of Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA with Derek Weiss of UGM

Below is a video of Derek Weiss of UGM speaking on Table for 2000 in Vancouver Downtown Eastside (DTES)

Below is Glowbal Collection Group with Peter Davies of AHA MEDIA

In the next photo and video, Ali of Glowbal Collection Group speaks on Table for 2000 inVancouver Downtown Eastside

TODAY: Union Gospel Mission and the Glowbal Collection to Host Second Annual ‘Table for 2000’ Gourmet Christmas Meal

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

TODAY: Union Gospel Mission and the Glowbal Collection to Host Second Annual ‘Table for 2000’ Gourmet Christmas Meal
December 23, 2010

The holiday season just got a little brighter for residents of the Downtown Eastside. Today, (Thursday, December 23), The Glowbal Collection and Union Gospel Mission will once again welcome those in need of a hot meal to the second annual ‘Table for 2000’ with Glowbal Collection chefs, staff and volunteers on-hand to serve a festive, gourmet Christmas dinner with all the trimmings for up to 2000 Downtown Eastside residents.

‘Table for 2000’ Christmas Meal
The GLOWBAL COLLECTION + Union Gospel Mission
Union Gospel Mission, 616 East Cordova Street
Thursday, December 23
3:00 to 7:00 pm

UGM to host 70th Annual Christmas Dinner for over 3,000 homeless and struggling people

December 11, 2010 Leave a comment

What: UGM will host its 70th annual scrumptious Christmas dinner for the hungry, hurting and homeless of the Downtown Eastside, New Westminster, and Mission.

When: Saturday, December 11, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Where: Union Gospel Mission, 616 East Cordova Street


– New Westminster Drop-in: 658 Clarkson Street (doors open at noon)

– Mission Drop-in: 33071 Railway Ave (doors open at 11:00am)

About the Event

Planned in coordination with other service providers, Union Gospel Mission serves its Christmas meal early in the month so as to not conflict with other community meals. UGM will utilize the help of about 300 volunteers to serve over 3,000 people at several locations.

Second Christmas Meal – A Table for 2000

Thanks to the generosity of The Glowbal Restaurant Group, Union Gospel Mission will host a second Christmas meal on Thursday, December 23. Again this year, Glowbal Group chefs and staff will be on hand to serve a Christmas dinner for up to two thousand Downtown Eastside residents. More details about this meal to follow in the coming weeks

AHA MEDIA at Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Arts Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown Eastside hosted by UGM – Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Heart Therapy: A Downtown Eastside Art Show Features Unlikely Artists

What: Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown Eastside. MEDIA EVENT & reception will be attended by many of the featured artists, City of Vancouver Councillor Kerry Jang, award-winning photographer Kevin Clark, and others. The show is part of the East Side Culture Crawl.

When: MEDIA EVENT & Reception – Friday, November 26, 12:00pm-1:00pm with short program starting at noon; public show runs Friday, Nov. 26th 5pm-10pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm

Where: Maurice McElrea Place, 361 Heatley Ave, Vancouver.


Can art heal? Try asking the artists featured in a show titled:  “Uncovering Vision: A Discovery of Art Forms by Men and Women on the Downtown Eastside.” The show is the culmination of two art programs hosted by Union Gospel Mission for the men and women from their Alcohol and Drug Recovery Program and Women’s Drop-In Program: The Creative Journey, with artist Pamela Masik, and Photography 101, with photographer Kevin Clark.

Elizabeth, one of the women who took part in the Creative Journey class, says the art is about more than creating something beautiful. “It isn’t just art, it’s healing,” says Elizabeth. “It’s a way to take everything that happened to me in the past and just let it out. I didn’t realize I had so much emotion in me!”

Says artist and mentor Pamela Masik, “I believe finding one’s voice through art can be a very empowering.  The women created amazing art and I am proud of them for their achievements!”