VANCOUVER, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - From Saturday October 12 to Sunday
October 20, hundreds of visitors will hit the streets of the Downtown
Eastside. Participating in Homelessness Action Week (HAW), they are
investing two hours to learn about the neighbourhood and its history,
guided by someone who once lived on the streets.
Developed by Union Gospel Mission, in partnership with Mission Possible
and with support from the City of Vancouver, the "Eastside Stride"
exists to show the beauty, rich history, and diverse groups that
comprise the neighbourhood while considering some of the issues that
have impacted the area for a long time. It also offers employment to
those with barriers in an empowering and dignified manner.
"Most people are aware that Vancouver has a homelessness problem and
it's concentrated in the DTES," says Keela Keeping, who works on UGM's
Community Engagement team. "There are diverse opinions regarding these
issues and the people that live here, but the average person may have
very little real knowledge of this community, past or present. If we
want sustained solutions to the major issues here, then the DTES needs
to be truly embraced as a valued part of Vancouver. And that starts
with getting to know the neighbourhood."
Vancouverites can take the tour two ways: guided, in-person or via the
audio tour through their cell phone with headphones. To sign-up/more
info visit: www.ugm.ca/haw.
To view the full story visit or to learn about Thanksgiving at UGM
visit: www.ugm.ca/media (to be posted after 9:00am),
View Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1fWNANNCuM
SOURCE: Union Gospel Mission
For further information:
Media Contact: Keela Keeping, (604) 996-1417, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @UGM, UGM.ca