Staff at a downtown Vancouver homeless shelter are encouraging their clients to get out and vote, just like everyone else.
Derek Weiss, spokesperson for the Union Gospel Mission, says dozens of people have come by already to register, using the shelter’s address.
“It’s important for people to vote ’cause then they feel like they are part of the system, they are not necessarily being used by it or being shuffled around by it, but that they are making decisions to influence it, and that empowers them.”
If a person lives on the street, he can use the address of a shelter or soup kitchen he visits.
On Monday, the mission also served up its annual Thanksgiving feast to hundreds of needy folks in Vancouver and New Westminster.
Darrell LeLacheur says the UGM provides more than just a hot meal.
“This is a family to me, the people who work here the people who come off the street here. It’s a family kind of feeling.”
In October alone, the mission expects to serve more than 25,000 meals.