What Is Outreach?
We may be familiar with the term outreach, but few of us know all that it encompasses. To better understand the scope of this vital work, a team from UGM inventoried the outreach services that faith communities and other organizations are providing to support people who are homeless or otherwise vulnerable in Richmond, British Columbia. This report provides valuable insights into the nature of outreach work and recommends immediate and longer-term changes to the system of outreach services in Richmond, to better support people on their journey from the street to stable home situations, so that we may lessen both human distress and the cost to our healthcare system.
In 2016 and 2018, with academics, researchers, community organizations, and other key community stakeholders, Union Gospel Mission developed the No Vacancy Report, which provided readers a point-in-time snapshot of the growing housing affordability crisis in Vancouver. Low-income families are faced with a stagnant supply of affordable housing options and low vacancy rates, statistics that contribute to an increasing level of unaffordability. The report focuses and brings awareness to the challenges low-income families encounter when trying to secure appropriate housing.
Interrupting Human Trafficking
How are local churches raising awareness and advocating for individuals vulnerable to human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley? What do churches need to know about trafficking in our region? This report is a step towards establishing a collaborative, long-lasting approach to coming alongside vulnerable individuals and providing care.
We hope these devotionals encourage you on your journey!