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Welcome to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Serving women in the Downtown Eastside since 1978

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Meals every day

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Service sites

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People housed last year

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Activities and workshops each year

Urgent Needs

Urgently Needed Items

Urgently Needed Items

  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Towels
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Bedsheets
  • Blankets
  • + all kinds of clothing for our 265 E Hastings location

Latest News

[Giveaway] Run for DEWC and win YYOGA passes

As the warm days of summer approach, there’s no better time to focus on self-care and wellness. This year, why… Continue reading [Giveaway] Run for DEWC and win YYOGA passes

Our Programs

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Basic Needs

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Meal program

Throughout our 3 professional kitchens, staff and volunteers make close to 1000 meals every day for women, gender-diverse people and their kids. Breakfast, lunch and dinners are served at our sites, as well as afternoon snacks.

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Safe washrooms

This may not seem like much, but safe washrooms can be hard to find in the Downtown Eastside, especially for women and gender-diverse folks.

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Personal Specialized Services

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Housing support

The Housing Team works hard to help break down barriers for our members accessing stable housing.

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Advocacy

Advocacy services are delivered to women and gender-diverse folks who require assistance with legal or governmental bodies.

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Victim services & sexual assault response

Victim Services offers culturally-safe, trauma-informed support to women and gender diverse survivors of crime and violence.

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Cultural Programming

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Celebrations & activities

A variety of celebrations, workshops and fun-nights that incorporate the transformative power of culture, and recognize the diverse backgrounds of our members.

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Indigenous Women’s Project

This program works with women, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse folks to develop and implement cultural, recreational, social and/or Indigenous educational activities.

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Chinese Seniors Outreach

Our Chinese Seniors Outreach Program offers community building, isolation supports, translations, institution navigation, transportation to appointments, and advocacy.

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Community and Connection

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Skills development

This program trains those accessing our services on topics such as life-skills development, health and safety, and certification such as first aid and food safety.

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Community peer

A low-barrier bridge to connect vulnerable people with services, while empowering others to assist their community and gain confidence and skills.