Welcome to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Serving women in the Downtown Eastside since 1978


Meals every day


Service sites


People housed last year


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 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.