302 Columbia St. Vancouver, BC engagement@dewc.ca 604-681-8480

Skills Development


The Skills Development program empowers women who live in the Downtown Eastside for overall life improvement and, for some, prepares them for the paid employment sector. This valuable program trains women on topics such as life-skills development, health and safety, and certification programs such as first aid and food safety.

Currently, 38 women actively participate in skills development.

By getting involved in the activities of the Centre, women build individual and collective capacity for ownership, leadership, and positive change. This is an integral aspect of the Centre that is linked to our principles of self-help, peer support and community building.


Opportunties include:

  • Clothing Room Attendant
  • Food Prep & Food Service
  • Receptionist
  • Shelter Support Worker
  • Street Market Vendor
  • Workshop Facilitator
  • Participation on hiring committees, fundraising committees and special events