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Downtown Eastside Women's Centre


Business No: 129895959RR0001

Providing basic needs & positive change for women & children in Vancouver's downtown eastside since 1978

Downtown Eastside Women's Centre


Did you know that 90% of your donations go directly to the women and their children who use our services and programs?

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) is one of the busiest women’s centres in the country, operating two non-profit Drop-In Centre and 3 Emergency Night Shelters in one of the poorest communities in the country.

Providing a safe space, specifically and exclusively for women and their children, from conditions of poverty and violence, DEWC provides free basic necessities including hot meals, laundry, a phone and computer access, secure bathrooms, and clean clothing. Our specialized services at DEWC include Advocacy, Housing Outreach, Victim Services, Chinese Senior Outreach and Cultural Programming.

Our Kitchen Program serves up to 750 meals daily.  With every donation of just $5 you are supporting a woman to access a hot meal; safe and clean shower; clothes a place of safety from the street; and in obtaining support to find housing, getting a treatment bed, or victim services.   

We offer
  • Day Drop-In Centre and Emergency night shelter for self-identifed women 365 days a year
  • Front-line aid delivery to women who experience high levels of violence on a daily basis, homelessness and living with the symptoms associated with extreme poverty.
  • Hot meals, clean clothes and a safe shower, which establishes trust and draw women out of isolation and into connection through community; impacting meaningful change in the lives of women who are living in extreme poverty in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.
  • Specialized Services; enable women to access one-on-one Advocacy, Housing Outreach, Victim Services, Chinese Senior Outreach and Cultural Programming.


302 Columbia Street

Vancouver, BC, V6A 4J1

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