VANCOUVER B.C, Oct. 09, 2011  – Union Gospel Mission will kick off Homelessness Action Week by serving over 3,000 turkey meals on Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 10) to those on the Downtown Eastside, as well as in New Westminster and Mission. The first Thanksgiving meal in the new facility will be celebrated as it’s meant to be—with friends, live music and heaps of delicious food. Over 200 volunteers join UGM staff and donors to make this special meal possible.

New this year, has generously volunteered to give reading glasses to those who can’t afford them. Guests will have the opportunity to visit an optical station to see if they would benefit from the  glasses.

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.”

The Meal

  • 3,200 lbs of turkey (equivalent of 170 turkeys)
  • 1,500 lbs of mashed potatoes
  • 900 lbs of vegetables
  • 900 lbs of stuffing
  • 300 lbs of cranberry sauce
  • 260 litres of gravy
  • 4,000 dinner rolls
  • 650 pumpkin pies
  • 300 litres of ice cream

When: Monday October 10 (10:30 am – 4:00pm)

Location: 601 East Hastings, Vancouver

Homelessness Action Week:

UGM is part of the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition, which, every year raises public awareness of homelessness during HAW ( On Oct. 12, as part of HAW, UGM is involved in Homelessness Connect, where those in need can access services from haircuts to medical services, massages to housing help—all at the same location. Funds raised during that week will support “I’s on the Street,” a nonprofit social enterprise that provides stepping stones for employment. Keela Keeping (604) 666-1417; ; Twitter: @UGM

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Keith Ranville

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  1. tara

     /  October 8, 2012

    I was unfortunate and hit by a drunk driver on corner of hasting and main and ugm helped me out lots. Was renting a room at Balmoral and since I was in the hospital for 5 days and left in a wheel chair Balmoral took it upon themselves to move me out since the elevator broke down I was stuck on the 5 floor for 3 days because of it . I complained to manager and he evicted me and turn elevator off to keep me out I lost all my clother jewerly pictures but the worst thing they stole was my android phone its the only way to access internet and keep in touch with family thast lives 19 hrs away, everything I owned so ty to ugm for being my family righjt now


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