Wish Drop-In Centre Society
The mission of WISH is to improve the health, safety and well-being of women who are involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade.
WISH puts its mission into action by operating an overnight drop-in centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where women can meet their basic needs (food, clothing, nursing care, personal items), receive individualized support and participate in programs that engage their spirits, hearts and minds.
These programs include: Aboriginal cultural programming, supported-employment programming, and mobile street outreach (through the MAP Van). WISH operates an on-site clinic and learning centre, which is staffed with instructors from WISH and Capilano University. The WISH Drop-In Centre is a (self-identified) women-only space.
WISH is a registered charity (CRN: 870475563RR001) that is governed by a volunteer board of directors that includes community members.
We rely on the generosity of our wonderful volunteers and donors and receive support from the City of Vancouver, the Province of BC, foundations, corporations, service clubs, community groups and individuals.
WISH receives an annual commitment from the Province of BC to keep our doors open overnight, which was a response to Commissioner Oppal’s recommendations in the Missing Women’s Inquiry Report.
WISH is grateful for this support, and relies on our loyal base of supporters to ensure that we can keep our doors open in the early evenings and provide a full range of services. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help us with our work!
WISH IS HIRING!
WISH is seeking an experienced fundraising professional to join our team as the Director of Fund Development. Click here for a detailed job posting, including application instructions.
“The Talking Cloth: Speaking Truth”
An Exhibition of textile arts in the Salon Shop of Gallery Gachet (88 East Cordova) by the Women’s Button Blanket Group at WISH
Opening – Saturday November 7th 6-9pm
Sunday, November 8th – December 13th, 2015
Read our 2014/2015 Annual Report here.
“I just want to send my love to everyone at WISH. A few years back I was very down and out and I was working the streets. WISH gave me a safe place to be, a yummy hot meal and the feeling of acceptance. I greatly enjoyed some of the events I attended. Today I’m clean and sober, I have 2 beautiful sons and a loving boyfriend”
– M.L. (Former WISH Participant)