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 here. 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 35 percent. Even more concerning, the number of people who are "without shelter" (sleeping rough or living in cars) has 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 support 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 to everyone who supported us at this year's Bookfair, held on 5 August 2017 at Shed 6 on Queen's Wharf.  

The DCM Bookfair is now facing one of its greatest challenges.  We need to move out of our Shelly Bay storage and sorting facility; it is proving very difficult to find an alternative space which is both large enough, and available year-round.  If you have any suggestions please contact us at office@dcm.org.nz.
 

 


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.

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October 1, 2015

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.

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March 13, 2017.