Canadian Web Hosting visited Union Gospel Mission on Tuesday. Some of our staff spent the morning doing some hands on volunteering in their kitchen.
Matt C., Kings W. and Sheila W. working hard to prepare lunch for residents and staff.
Union Gospel Mission is an urban relief organization with locations spread throughout Metro Vancouver. The organization aims to overcome poverty, homelessness, and addiction. The facility we visited is located in Downtown Eastside, an area that is noted for high level poverty, drug use, sex trade, crime and violence. Senior Development Officer Nicole Robson took us on a tour of the building and explained that there are many people who live and die within those eight city blocks of Downtown Eastside and never have the opportunity to leave the area their whole life. UGM’s aim is to help this group of individuals overcome their situation by providing them with basic needs of food and shelter, and then provide assistance and education to help alleviate their poverty and addictions.
Our donations and support to UGM helps provide for men, women, and children alike. Services include outreach, emergency shelter, alcohol and drug recovery programs, affordable housing, and much more.
We had an amazing experience working alongside the friendly staff and we look forward to visiting again in the following months.