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, find a non-judgmental community 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.
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 this work!
“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)