Last year, we got lost in the woods. This year, we’re going to the Eastside.
The year is over. Welcome back! We’ve missed you (and we’re not just saying that).
While you were away, we learned:
why they are selling 25¢ crack pipes in vending machines in the Downtown Eastside.
why cops don’t just arrest people who are obviously selling drugs.
how roasting cocoa beans can make a difference.
why what you’re learning in university actually matters.
And we want to share all of that with you. That’s what this retreat to the Downtown Eastside is about.
(Oh, and we also learned that there’s a lot we don’t know).
University retreat – May 2nd to May 4th
That’s a Friday to a Sunday.
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During the day, we’ll be meeting people who live just across the bridge from us in the Eastside, and others who have moved to the area on purpose. We’ll be connecting with organizations that are making things better, and helping them out in tangible ways (need a fresh coat of paint? sure!). Mostly, we’ll be hanging out together, using the time to readjust our hearts and minds after a busy school year.
At night, we’ll be seeing a different side of the city. We’ll then be staying in the neighbourhood both nights at a local hotel. It’s really not THAT scary.
Make sure you bring a bit of extra money to cover your lunches and dinners.
(We’ll send out a list of what you’ll need).
First, Katie has been working in some capacity in the neighbourhood over the last 6 years. She’s street smart as they say.
Secondly, we’re planning all of this with the help of a guy from Union Gospel Mission who does these kinds of weekends for a living, having taken hundreds of university students out of their comfort zones in ways that are, ultimately, still safe. This guy has the COOLEST story; he used to be a manager at Big White, until he became a Christian because of a radio in an old pick up truck, and decided to give everything up to work in the Eastside with the marginalized of our city. He’s the real deal.
We’re full! Join us next year!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING?
Don’t worry, we have everything covered. We’ll send you a list of the stuff you need to bring.