Urgent Plea from PACE Society

May 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm (Uncategorized)

Dear Friends,

 

We are writing to you on behalf of Prostitution Alternatives Counselling and Education (PACE) Society in Vancouver. As a local not-for-profit agency, we rely on fundraising, government funding, and private donations to sustain our organization and the people it serves. Right now, we are writing to plea for your help. Due to the current economic crisis, we are experiencing extreme funding shortfalls, and are at risk of having to permanently close our doors. Economic hard times affect everyone, but especially those most marginalized in our communities. Our members need our organization even more at this time, as other supports in their lives are diminishing. If we are forced to close and deny them the stability, safety, and advocacy they receive from PACE, it would truly be a tragedy. We urgently ask that you donate whatever you can to help us stay open during this recession.

 

As a potential donor, it is important to us that you understand what our organization is about, what our mandate is, and who benefits from our services. PACE is an organization that helps people involved in the survival sex trade to make profound changes in their lives. We employ a strengths-based approach to empower our members to help themselves make positive choices. We assist them with life skills, so that although most of them are coping with obstacles such as poverty and trauma, they have the opportunity to achieve the goals they set for themselves.  PACE encourages its members not to see themselves as victims of circumstance but rather as autonomous individuals capable of choosing their own path. The survival sex trade is hazardous for the workers, however, at PACE our members are offered a safe place for one-on-one support, violence prevention training, health and legal education, and community building. Our services are literally a lifeline for our members and there would be an enormous hole left in their lives should we be forced to close our doors.  

There are two different ways that you can support PACE:

 

1-      By making a secure online donation by accessing our website, http://www.pace-society.ca   and clicking on the “Donate Now” button. That will take you to the Canada Helps website, which will prompt you for your payment information.

 

2-      By writing a cheque, and either dropping it off or mailing it to:

 

PACE Society

 49 West Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC

V6B 1C8

 

All donations are confidential and tax deductable. Additionally, if you wish to volunteer to help with fundraising, we would be very happy to hear from you.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this request. By supporting PACE, you are supporting the human rights, dignity, and safety of sex workers. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call us at (604) 872-7651, or email at pace-admin@telus.net. 

Please forward this email to anyone you think would be interested in helping.

 

Warm regards,

PACE Board, Staff, and Members

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