The Drop-In Centre is a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space for all self-identified women, including trans women, who are current or former sex workers. We’re open from 6pm – 12 noon, 18 hours per day, 365 days a year. We welcome approximately 330-350 women to the Drop-In Centre on average every night and day. Demand increases every year.
The Drop-In Centre supports the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of its participants.
We provide access to a nurse practitioner, harm reduction supplies, and share safety warnings.
The centre is a place for women to get a hot meal, use showers, and collect clothing as well as personal care items such as toiletries, beauty products, first aid or feminine hygiene products they would otherwise not have access to. We serve approximately 9000 meals every month. Donations are accessed an average of 1,800 times each month by some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable women.
We offer much more than the provision of essential services. WISH is a space for women to relax and connect with their community of street-based sex workers alongside caring staff and volunteers. Friendship and conversation illuminate the space each evening.
“Call it home, call it family, call it whatever you want, but we all come here to take care of ourselves.” – WISH participant
Through specific programs (see our other Services pages), special events and celebrations, we help women live as positively and safely as possible. For example, with WISH as an official polling station, we ensured women could vote for the very policies that affect them. Our celebrations of International Women’s Day, National Aboriginal Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas offer a sense of camaraderie and occasion.
WISH Drop-In Centre is a confidential space where a participant’s privacy and security is a priority. The Drop-In is only open to participants, staff, and invited guests.
Generously funded by:
City of Vancouver
Central City Foundation
Government of Canada (Service Canada Summer Jobs Program)
Address: 330 Alexander Street
Hours: 6pm-12pm (the next day), 365 days of the year
*Opens at 9pm on Cheque Issue Wednesday
- Dinner 6pm-8pm
- Evening Snack 10pm
- Overnight snack 1am-4am
- Breakfast 7am-9am
- Morning Snack 10:30am
Hours of Note:
- Donations Room: 6-9pm; 12am-4am; 9-10:30am
- Make-Up Room: 6-9pm; 12am-4am; 9-11:30am
- Last Shower: 10:30am
- Bathroom Closes: 11:30am
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
- Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
- Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre Housing Outreach
- Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre HIV+ Advocacy
- BC Women’s Hospital
- VPD Sex worker Liaison Unit
- Capilano University
- Karma Yoga