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Homeless hockey video humanizes Kelowna's street-entrenched population

A screenshot from a video produced by Solid Rock Video for Kelowna's Gospel Mission.
Image Credit: Kelowna's Gospel Mission/Solid Rock Video
December 17, 2019 - 11:24 AM

Kelowna's Gospel Mission hosted a street hockey game on Leon Avenue in the city's downtown core this past fall in order to show the world that homeless people are not so different than the rest of us.

The event was filmed by Solid Rock Video and the company produced a 2.5 minute video of the event called Humanizing the Homeless through Hockey.

Today, Dec. 17, it was posted to Vimeo.

“I just wanted to humanize homelessness and show we are all the same,” Michael Morrison, the Director of Development for the Gospel Mission, told iNFOnews.ca. “As kids, maybe we all had the same dreams and we were pushed off our journey either right or left but, when it comes down to it, we are all the same.”

The Gospel Mission brought together community members and West Kelowna Warriors players to join in the game with people living in its homeless shelter.

“People experiencing homelessness need to be seen and heard, not as someone who is homeless but as a person with fears, hopes and dreams,” text in the video reads. “Hockey seemed a great way to show, as kids, we all had the same dreams.”

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