The WISH Drop-In Centre
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.
In November 2003, members of Vancity voted for WISH to receive their $1 million award to build a permanent facility for the WISH Drop-In Centre . There were set-backs in establishing this facility over the years, mostly due to the fact that neighbours in several other locations we looked at were not comfortable having WISH in their communities.
Happily, in December 2006, the City of Vancouver voted to offer WISH a space in what used to be the Police Garage on Alexander Street. The City leased the building for $1.00 per year for 10 years, recognizing the need for a place like WISH. The City also contributed to the capital cost of the Centre as did the BC Gaming and Enforcement Branch, Mr. Dave Ritchie through the BC Women’s Hospital Foundation, and the Central City Foundation.