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DCM works with people who are homeless in Wellington.

We work with people to find and sustain housing, access a benefit and manage their money, and to connect to whānau, health and other services and supports. We call the people we work with taumai, meaning to settle.  This reflects the journey we embark on together to become settled, stable and well.  DCM is with them every step of the way, and you can be too.

We exist because Wellington needs us. Homelessness is increasing in our city. Last year more than 1000 people came to DCM for support; over the last five years, the number of people coming to DCM who are experiencing homelessness has risen by 38 percent. Even more concerning, the number of people who are "without shelter" (sleeping rough or living in cars) has more than doubled. 

We believe that, together, we can end homelessness here in Wellington. Our number one priority is getting people off the streets and into sustainable living arrangements, and we offer a range of supports and services along the way to cater for everyone who walks through our door.

The annual DCM Bookfair is the largest of its kind in Wellington, with around 90,000 books for sale. It is also our major fundraiser of the year, and therefore very important to the ongoing success of all the work that we do.

Thank you for supporting the DCM Bookfair 2018.

Was this the last ever DCM Bookfair?
For 23 years DCM’s Bookfair has grown and become an iconic event. But just like the people DCM supports - for whom there are not enough houses - DCM’s Bookfair has found itself without a place to sort books with the redevelopment of Shelly Bay. Please note we are therefore unable to take any donations of books at this time.

If you have any suggestions about possible venues please contact us.

Breaking the chains:

Peter Burke broke the chains of addiction and homelessness and lives a life helping others. In this story he generously takes the time to talk with us about DCM, the school of hard knocks and why little old ladies love having him around.



Giving people their lives back:

Al Norman represents Wellington's homeless community in the Special Circumstances Court on behalf of DCM, where he recently worked with a man with 36 years prison-time under his belt to get out of the justice system's 'revolving door' and start to rebuild his life on the outside.