WISH Drop-In Centre

Photo: Wendy D Photography

WISH is a space that is:

  • Open to all self-identified women who are past or present sex workers

  • Welcoming to trans-women

  • Safe for all religions, races, ethnicities, and sexualities.

  • Non-judgmental, accepting, and supportive

  • Shared by all participants equally

  • Free of violence, racism, transphobia, bullying, and harassment

“Call it home, call it family, call it whatever you want, but we all come here to take care of ourselves.”

– WISH participant

“I’m glad for the clothes here. It makes me feel confident to be able to dress well.”

– WISH participant

The WISH Drop-In is open from 6 p.m. – 12p.m. seven days a week and serves as a safe, low-barrier safe space where self-identified women can find:

  • Acceptance

  • Hot meals

  • Showers and clothing

  • Personal care items

  • Caring staff and Volunteers

  • Women who share their experience

  • Referrals and supports

  • A place to relax

  • Connections to programs

  • Special Events

  • Safety warnings

  • Access to nursing care

  • Fun special events and celebrations for Christmas, Thanksgiving, International Women’s Day, Easter and National Aboriginal Day

  • Friendship, conversation, social activities…FUN!

 

The current WISH Drop-In Centre has been in operation since September 17, 2008. This facility is purpose-built to accommodate the needs of sex-working women seeking safety and respite. The Drop-In space has been open all night long since 2013 in response to the recommendations made in the 2012 Missing Women’s Inquiry report.

 

WISH Drop-In Centre serves an average of 6500 meals per month, while the donations and make-up room are accessed over 4500 times each month by some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable women. On any given night there can be between 20 and 30 women inside the space, with spikes in need in the week leading into cheque issue and during the summer.

 

Sex-working women at all stages of their lives’ journeys are welcome at WISH and all services are offered without judgment. If you are a woman with current or former involvement in the sex trade and would like to know more about accessing services at the WISH Drop-In Centre, please call 604-681-9244 during opening hours. Outside opening hours, you can call the WISH office at 604-669-9474.

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The WISH Drop-In Centre is generously funded by: