More than ever, the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre (DEWC) needs our support. The impact of COVID-19 has affected their fundraising efforts greatly, which they rely on for their 100% donor-funded meal program.
At DEWC, they believe that every woman has a right to safe space, essential needs, and a community that cares and empowers.
Founded in 1978, DEWC is one of the few safe spaces within the Downtown Eastside exclusively for self-identified women and their children. High levels of violence, homelessness, addictions and poverty characterize the Downtown Eastside community. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, injustice and injury. They provide support to over 500 women, children and seniors, every day. As well as providing a refuge and shelter from conditions of poverty and violence, the Centre provides basic necessities like hot meals, access to phones/internet, hygienic products, and clothing.