WISH Drop-In Centre Society
Vancouver, BC V6B 1S5
Executive Director: Kate Gibson
Board Chair: Roberta Robertson
Charitable Reg. #: 87047 5563 RR0001
Grade: B-The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
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Full-time staff #11
Avg. Compensation $23,619
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About WISH Drop-In Centre Society:
Since 1984, WISH Drop-in Centre (WISH) has specialized in working with female survival sex workers in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Annually, WISH provides over 400 women, aged 19-60, respite from violence on the street, and treats them with dignity and respect while tending to their basic needs. Women using WISH experience frequent physical and sexual violence, poverty, social isolation and a lack of access to many resources. Most suffer the effects of chronic traumatic stress disorder and many women live with health concerns including depression and addiction, Hepatitis C and, for some, HIV. 57% of women using WISH are aboriginal.
Following the Commission Inquiry into Missing Women, BC's Attorney General acted immediately funding WISH $750k each year. With this core funding, WISH expanded its drop-in services operating from 6pm to 11am in 2013. WISH provides sex workers with evening snacks and meals, showers and dispenses make-up, hygiene, safety items and clothing. WISH has seen a 55% increase in women accessing its services. The Mobile Access Project (MAP) van drives around each night providing respite to women working on the street. It hands out beverages and safety supplies and provides peer support and referrals to shelters and emergency services. Twice a week, WISH offers on-site nursing care, referrals to detoxification centres. WISH offers education programs, including Literacy and Learning, an Aboriginal Culture and Creativity Centre. The Peer Safety Patrol maintains a safe route for women coming to the centre, and gives an opportunity for alternative crisis and safety training, and employment with WISH.
Administrative costs are 15% of revenues and fundraising costs are 12% of donations. WISH has funding reserves of $823k, which cover 114% of annual program costs.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending March
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||15.1%||15.6%||14.6%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||12.3%||9.8%||13.7%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||113.8%||92.9%||124.1%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $s
|Bank And Other Charges||4,708||4,672||3,599|
|Cash flow from operations||13,055||(15,466)||6,231|