VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Now’s your chance to sign up for a tour of the Downtown Eastside ahead of next week’s Homelessness Action Week.
The Eastside Stride is in partnership with the Union Gospel Mission and the city, and offers people a look at the challenged community with a trained outreach worker.
Keela Keeping with the UGM says they’ve received great feedback from last year’s initial trial. “Last year was kind of a trial, we didn’t know what would happen and it was an absolute success. We started with about 20 tours, we didn’t know if people would sign up or not, they started signing up and we ended up with 36 tours.”
“People understand if you want to draw awareness to an issue it takes a little bit of discomfort and a little bit of adjusting. The feedback we got from our surveys was that it was 100 per cent recommended, that it was something people thought should be done,” she adds.
There will be 50 free tours this year running from October 12th to 20th.