The oldest women’s shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been expanded at a cost of nearly six million dollars
“Many of them have endured so much. They all deserve a safe and welcoming place to call home.”
Maroussia McRae is a former client turned crisis intervention worker at Powell Place which now has 52 beds up from 26.
“Large incredibly strong community of warrior women. At one point or two, we stayed in an emergency shelter because we were also in crisis. What happened in our past does not define us. We are not the sum of our traumas, but it is part of our story.”
The shelter first opened in 1977 and over the past two years, it’s offered round the clock services to nearly half of the city’s estimated 500 homeless women.