A Milestone Year: Union Gospel Mission Vancouver Turns 75 - kick-off event today

VANCOUVER, Feb. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Union Gospel Mission is pleased to announce its 75th year of providing support to those struggling with homelessness, addiction and chronic poverty. President Bill Mollard will be joined by UGM President Emeritus, Maurice McElrea to announce the legacy projects and events and to unveil the special anniversary logo.  The kick-off takes place 11:00am to 11:20am today, Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

"This is a historic year for us," explains Mollard, "and we want to pause and reflect with gratitude on this legacy.  UGM began in response to the circumstances plaguing so many after the Great Depression. Since 1940, the faces have changed and the issues have become significantly more complex, but thanks to the care and concern of so many, UGM has been resourced to adapt to provide an evolving continuum of care to meet the needs of those on the margins today."

Today, Mollard will unveil the 75th anniversary logo as well as what's coming for the year.

UGM currently runs seven facilities across the lower mainland, providing meals, shelter, safe and affordable housing, alcohol and drug recovery, counselling, chaplaincy and so much more. In 2014, UGM served over 320,000 meals, provided 28,000 nights of shelter and found permanent housing for 152 previously homeless people.

Full story and UGM history :

SOURCE Union Gospel Mission

For further information: Keela Keeping, (604) 996-1417, kkeeping@ugm.ca, Twitter: @UGM, www.ugm.ca


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