Grant Stories

WISH Drop-In Centre Society, Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Aboriginal, Health & Safety Program

Quick Facts

Country: Canada

Grant Program: Awakening

Year of Grant: 2021-2022

Grant Amount: $2,000

WISH operates in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside; the site of a complex set of social issues and overlapping crises including a poisoned drug supply, homelessness, poverty, crime, health issues, and now a continuing global pandemic.

The WISH mission is to improve the health, safety, and well-being of women involved in Vancouver’s street-based sex trade, and believe that every woman should have access to opportunities to make free, healthy, and positive choices.

Each day and night, approximately 350 women come through the WISH doors for support and services. Participants are cis and transgender women, with an over-representation of Indigenous women due to ongoing effects of colonization, the residential school system, and discrimination.

A WDP grant helped connect 200 women to improve their mental health through cultural crafts & activities, and learning new skills related to Indigenous traditions.