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.
In January 2019, I began volunteering as a peer support worker at DEWC. My experience at DEWC showed me how invaluable it is to witness first-hand personal experiences and to work along-side disadvantaged community members towards resisting systemic inequality. In June 2019, and 2020 I was motivated to run the Scotiabank Half Marathon because of the stories and experiences of the diverse women I have met.
Donate to help Jessica raise money for 2021 Scotiabank Vancouver Half-Marathon & 5K’s fundraising campaign.
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