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published: 9/6/13

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Union Gospel Mission

What is the Union Gospel Mission?

The Union Gospel Mission is a charitable organization providing meals, education, shelter, safe and affordable housing, drug and alcohol recovery programs, and support services to those struggling with homelessness and addiction in the Metro Vancouver area and city of Mission.


In 1940, 21-year-old Gordon (Bob) Stacey returned from working with the Jerry McAuley Cremorne Rescue Mission in New York City. At this time, the city of Vancouver had attracted many Canadians suffering from the Great Depression. Stacey established the Union Gospel Mission in 1940 at 10 Powell Street, in the heart of Vancouver’s historic Gastown.

In April of 2011, UGM officially opened a new headquarters at 601 East Hastings in Vancouver, marking the largest expansion in its history. The new facility is 70,000 square feet and equipped to provide 72 shelter beds, 37 affordable housing units, extended meal capacity and a live-in drug and alcohol recovery program.


UGM focuses its support in five main areas:

  • Provision of basic necessities and practical assistance
  • Recovery programs from addictive lifestyles
  • Educational and job readiness programs
  • Outreach programs
  • Affordable housing through Union Gospel Housing Societies


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