Downtown Eastside Women's Centre


Business Number: 129895959RR0001

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 a non-profit Drop-In Centre and Emergency Night Shelter 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, HIV Case Management, Chinese Senior Outreach and Cultural Programming.

Our Kitchen Program serves up to 500 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, HIV Case Management, Chinese Senior Outreach and Cultural Programming.

What People Are Saying

"The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre stands out as a space that responds to the changing environment, ensuring relevant and responsive services that meet the needs of women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside."

— Alice Kendall, Executive Director, Read More

"Thanks to you my step daughter can get regular meals and use the phone."

— Anonymous Donor

"If it wasn't for the centre, I would be a real mess."

— Woman who accesses the centre

" I’m very impressed by the women who work on the floor. They are accepting and welcoming no matter what shape the women coming in are in. Here, I encounter true unconditional acceptance."

— Volunteer

"It is a very worthwhile cause. The staff and volunteers do an excellent job of making a homey place with activities, showers and a comfy environment."

— Anonymous Donor

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