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Praise for Hope Lives Here

“This well-researched book chronicles the complete story of the history of one of the Downtown Eastside’s most important institutions, and is told by someone with unparalleled first-hand knowledge. From its beginning as a place of worship in the new city of Vancouver to its crucial role in the challenging decades that followed, this is a must-read for those who have supported, admired or received assistance from the venerable First United Church.”
. . . Lori Culbert, co-author, A Thousand Dreams: Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and the Fight for Its Future

“Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is a place few Canadians will ever experience—a place of poverty and prostitution, of drugs and homelessness, of life lived on the edges of both law and survival. And in the middle of it stands First United Church. For 125 years it has adapted its service and outreach to its constantly changing context. In this book, Bob Burrows details the many ways this church has changed, and the people who have helped it change. Far more than a history, this book illuminates with stories and pictures the evolution of a mission to ‘the least of these’ in a unique part of Canada.”
. . . James Taylor, author, An Everyday God: Insights from the Ordinary

“Bob Burrows’ lovingly researched history of First United pulses with the stories of the extraordinary people who built—and continue to build—one of the most remarkable church missions anywhere. The book also invites us to journey with the equally extraordinary people who pass through the front doors at 320 East Hastings. As Burrows points out, they now fi nd bunks instead of pews in the sanctuary. Yet First United remains, as it has for 125 years, a deeply holy place where the words of St. Francis reverberate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year: ‘Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use words.’”
. . . David Wilson, editor, The United Church Observer