Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre
The Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) has existed since 1978 to support and empower women and children living in extreme poverty in the Downtown Eastside (DTES ) of Vancouver. Through our Drop-In and Emergency Shelter services, we provide practical support to over 550 women and children daily.
Creating and maintaining low-barrier safe spaces for women, girls, non-binary and two spirit people is our priority, particularly for those surviving trauma, mental health, and/or addiction issues. Many are single mothers or have had children apprehended due to poverty or racism; many have chronic physical or mental health issues; many suffer from addiction; and the majority have experienced sexual violence and/or different forms of abuse. We serve a diverse population, including 70% Indigenous women, affected by colonization, racism and ongoing legacies of residential school; a large population of isolated Chinese seniors; and women from a variety of other backgrounds.
Outdoor events in green spaces are a crucial respite for women and children living in a challenging urban environment. They also provide opportunities for Indigenous women to connect to the land, and learn and share traditional practices.
Parks we work in:
- Crab Park
Things we do:
- community meals
- crafts/folk art
- indigenous culture