DCM (formerly known as Inner City Ministry and then Downtown Community Ministry) has been working in the city of Wellington since 1969 to “focus on the needs of, and to help empower, those marginalised in the city.” (DCM Constitution) DCM has adopted the byline “together we can end homelessness in Wellington” which reflects our current focus on the needs of one key marginalised group – people experiencing homelessness, or who are at risk of homelessness, supporting them on a journey towards sustainable housing and wellbeing. Over the past decade we have supported literally hundreds of people to successfully exit homelessness and sustain housing.
Sitting in the heart of Wellington at 2 Lukes Lane on the site of Te Aro Pā, the most marginalised people in our city come to us because they genuinely feel welcome and because what we do works and makes a difference in their lives.
DCM is a stable organisation and has a diverse and sustainable funding base, including many Wellingtonians - individual donors, groups and faith communities - as well as the Wellington City Council, the Ministry of Social Development and charitable trusts. The iconic DCM Bookfair, held annually since 1996, is our most significant annual fundraising activity.