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WISH Drop In Centre Society

Operated by women for the exclusive use of female survival sex workers aged 19 and over, the WISH Drop-In Centre Society furnishes a variety of services within a nurturing and non-judgmental environment. In addition to meeting essential needs by serving nutritious, hot meals, providing showering facilities, dispensing make-up, hygiene items, and clothing, WISH offers on-site nursing care, referrals to detoxification centres, rehabilitation houses, and shelters for upwards of 150 women per night.

Union Gospel Mission

UGM Headquarters on East Cordova St. is a hub of activity. This is where to find our emergency shelter, regular meals and chapel services, residential alcohol & drug recovery program, educational programs, and our administrative operations.The following free services are offered at UGM's Cordova St.

UGM Women's Drop-in Centre

The Women's Drop-in Centre is open to women and their children, and provides a loving and safe environment for all who visit. Free clothing, personal care items, counselling, referrals and prayer are also offered. Hours are listed above.On Tuesdays and Thursdays, coffee, tea and snacks are provided between 3:00 pm -4:30 pm, and a hot, nutritious meal is served at 5:00 pm.Free Clothing - Available during drop in hoursKaraoke and Knit Crochet Group - TuesdaysBingo - Thursdays: 4-5pmMovie Matinee and Crafts - Friday

UGM Vancouver Drop-In Centre

Breadline (Free bread & produce, when available) Monday to Sunday: 4 pmBible Studies: Mon - Sun: 8:00 am - 8:30 amFree Clothing: Mon, Wed & Fri: :30 am - 8:00 amThe Vancouver Drop-in Centre is open to men and women, and offers free coffee & pastries in the morning, free clothing for men, Bible studies, one-to-one counselling sessions, referrals to shelters and more.

SAFER (Suicide Attempt Counselling Service)

Provides support and counselling for individuals, aged 13 yrs. and up, who exhibit suicidal behavior, and for people whose lives have been affected by suicide.

Mission Possible

Mission Possible is a Christian humanitarian agency that has served among the poor and homeless of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside by offering meals, clothing, counselling, and support services since 1990.Worship Service - Sunday 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmA hot meal is served every Wednesday afternoon. A hot meal is served after the service Thursday 7:30 - 8:30 pm.Recovery Club Power Breakfast - Saturday 9:00 am - 10:00 am.Job Bank - Resumes -  Personal Hygiene.We cut hair (women's and men's) one afternoon a week. Please call.

Lifeskills Centre

The centre provides a welcoming barrier-free environment for members of the community to access basic services such as laundry, showers, photo I.D., and long distance phone calls, as well as various programs, activities and classes. Our aim is to nurture a sense of belonging through providing opportunities for membership, and encouraging inclusion of members in a wide range of capacity building activities.

Harbor Light - (Salvation Army)

Cordova DetoxHarbor Light Supportive Recovery CentreMen's/Women's Stabilization units - pre-treatmentEmergency Shelters: Anchor of Hope, The Beacon, The Haven, the CrosswalkCommunity Feeding Program - 10 times a weekThe Anchor of Hope Drop In Centre - 3 days a week

Franciscan Sisters Benevolent Society

Soup and sandwiches are served daily with the exception of Wednesdays and Sundays. Men's Clothing Room: As many as fifty to seventy men per day may frequent our Men's Clothing Room, Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Along with men's clothing, bed linens can be found, as well as toiletries, sleeping bags, small household items, and other miscellany.

Food Bank - Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

If you live in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster or the North Shore, contact the Greater Vancouver Food Bank office at 604-876-3601 to find out the location of the food bank depot nearest to you. If you live in another community in the Lower Mainland, click here to find the food bank closest to you. To receive food an individual must attend one of the 16 food depots and complete a registration form, providing their name, address and phone number as well as identification for themselves and members of their family.

First United Church

overnight refuge, drop-in, emergency clothing, advocacy, free showers, basic literacy, foot care, healing touch.  Meals: Monday – Friday:8:30 am soup;9:30 am coffee/sandwiches;Noon lunch;6:00 pm dinner.Meals - Saturday – Sunday:  9:00am fruit and muffins; Noon lunch;6:00pm dinner;

Evelyne Saller Centre

We offer 3 meals daily for $2.00 each.10:00 am - 2:50 pm for breakfast11:00 am - 2:50 pm for lunchclosed 2:50 - 3:30 pm3:30 pm - 5:00 pm for dinnerAs well as shower facilities, laundry service, basic first aid, delousing (by appointment only) and a variety of recreational programs. It is also a place where people can just come and hang out. All services are free.

Dug Out

Drop-in social centre for all ages. Features a reading room with TV and games. There is a coffee and soup line 7:15 am Monday to Saturday, and 8:15 am Sundays and holidays. Drop-in hours are 8:30 am to 10:00 pm Monday to Saturday, and 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Sundays and holidays

Directions - Family Services of Greater Vancouver

The Housing Support program at Directions assists homeless youth aged 18 years and under in securing safe and affordable housing. In addition to assisting with housing needs, housing workers also work with the youth to develop the life skills necessary to maintain housing, as well as any other resource planning. Additional support if offered to youth aged 19 - 24.

Downtown Eastside Resident’s Association (DERA)

DERA is an organization of residents working towards improving the living conditions in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.DERA organizes around issues of concern to the community as well as providing housing, advocacy, and community support programs and services. DERA assists neighbourhood residents with welfare rights issues, pensions, Employment Insurance, and income tax preparation.DERA also provides information and assistance for those seeking accommodation in the neighbourhood, and advocacy in residential tenancy disputes.

Downtown Eastside Community Kitchen (DECK)

The DECK project aims to alleviate some of the impact that poverty has on health by coordinating community kitchens that are focused on healthier living skills. The participants will experience increased intake of nutritious food and knowledge of their health in addition to connecting with their peers and their community. By addressing these basic human needs, the participants will experience improved sense of health and well being.

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