Providence In the Park Bringing Food, Clothing and Haircuts to Hundreds of Downtown Eastside Residents

Vancouver, April 3, 2008 — On Saturday, April 5, Providence Health Care (PHC) is bringing much-needed food, T-shirts and sweatshirts, socks and toiletries to over 500 residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Staff, physicians and volunteers from across PHC will gather at Oppenheimer Park to distribute the provisions. There will also be stations for people to receive haircuts and chair massages, a special service that was very popular at the last Providence in the Park. Many attendees to this highly anticipated event are homeless or poor families in dire need of food.
“This twice-annual event is highly symbolic of the spirit, vision and principles demonstrated by Providence’s founding congregations,” says Sister Margaret Vickers, member of PHC’s Board of Directors. “For over a hundred years, PHC’s care staff have been following the examples of those original Sisters who founded our hospitals and residences, and who always went to the places and people with the greatest need. This event is a great opportunity for us to continue to reach outside ourselves and care for the larger community around us.”

This is the fifth year that PHC has come to Oppenheimer Park to help. Those who were unable to volunteer their time have showed their generosity of spirit by donating clothes and toiletries or making monetary donations towards the event.

Providence is committed to living its mission through their charitable outreach to one of the most marginalized segments of the community that they serve. In 2005, PHC was awarded the International Spirit at Work Award presented annually by the Association for Spirit at Work (ASAW).

Event: Providence in the Park
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Date: Saturday, April 5, 2008
Place: Oppenheimer Park (Corner of Cordova & Dunlevy)

Media are invited. If you are attending this event, please check in at the food station at 11 a.m.


Christine Haid, PHC Communications
604-806-8350 or 604-252-4261 (PHC Media Pager)