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Union Gospel Mission creates homelessness escape room

The Vancouver-based Union Gospel Mission has begun an awareness initiative in that city in association with Exit Canada, an operator of "escape room" venues. The initiative takes the form of an escape room called "Encounter: Interactively Understanding Homelessness and its Barriers," which was designed by formerly homeless Canadians. The installation is intended to educate visitors about the experience of homelessness. Access will be free to the public during Homelessness Action Week in Vancouver.

"We don't know of anything quite like this ever before," said Union Gospel spokesperson Jeremy Hunka. "Because many of our formerly homeless guests tell us they felt 'trapped' on the streets and speak of how difficult it was to 'escape' homelessness, they believe this is an appropriate way of communicating reality and building empathy."

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