Hope In Shadows

I've been reading through a collection of stories from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside called "Hope in Shadows." The book is based on the popular calendar of the same name produced by the Pivot Legal Society. Filled with honest stories and observations related to life in what's often described as Canada's poorest postal code, the stories provide a raw glimpse into the paradox of human brokenness meets hope and community.

In place renowned for its drug abuse, prostitution, and crime, the following quote strikes at the heart of how often community and hope is found where we least expect it:

"Community is important down here and believe it or not people come here to feel safe. To fit in. That baffles me because it's the Downtown Eastside. Worst drug place in BC. But here you never pretend to be something you aren't and anyone can fit in."

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