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A safe space for Vancouver’s disadvantaged men

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Sandy Lambert, left, and Dr. Paul Gross, middle, share a laugh with a Dudes Club member.

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Elmer Alzak Nisg’a provides tonsorial services. Dudes is, at heart, a health program and helps the men with grooming and hygiene.

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Bingo is a popular pastime – and profitable. Prizes add to the fun.

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Derek, left, and Curtis T on duty in the kitchen. Meetings provide sustenance for body as well as the soul.

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Fresh-baked bannock sits plated and awaiting delivery.

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The soup Derek and Curtis have cooked up for their fellow club members.

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Guest speaker Wilfred Sampson displays a piece of his carving after telling club members how he, too, escaped substance abuse.

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There are rules, says Richard Teague: No intoxication, no weapons and no ‘snide remarks about the colour of your skin.’

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Robert MacMillan is a founding member. He has been taking part in the club since its inception in 2010.

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Elmer’s barber skills notwithstanding, some Dudes would rather do it themselves.

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Henry Williams sports some Dudes Club attire as he plays bingo.

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A note informs visitors that the bi-monthly meeting is at capacity.

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