Together, we can make a positive difference in people’s lives. Read these inspiring real life stories about some incredible individuals who are now living stable and productive lives with support from the team at DCM.

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A Dental Assistant’s Story:

Dental assistant Emily Kremmer has a full-time job and is in full-time study, but she still finds time to volunteer down at DCM, where she helps take away pain and rebuild lives.


A Day in the Life of Te Hapai:

Te Hāpai is just one part of the incredible work DCM gets up to in central Wellington. For those who have been sleeping rough on these cold winter's nights, it's an essential part of their morning routine.


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Right at Home:

Arthur has his own home, a new set of teeth, is on a path to employment, and is able to hear so much better. DCM is dedicated to supporting people like Arthur, people who are experiencing homelessness, into sustainable housing.


In the Census, Did the Homeless Count?

With the 2018 census pushed online there’s been much discussion about reaching those without computer access, who still need someone to knock on their door. But what about those without even a door to knock upon?


Breaking the Chains:

Peter 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.


Victory Over Violence:

Regina spent her childhood in a cycle of violence and homelessness. In this story she opens her heart about the aftermath that occurred, her journey to DCM and how a dark past won’t be determining her bright future.


Ki Te Hoe, Pick Up the Paddle:

A few months ago, Tim was sleeping rough and walking a tightrope of mental health and substance abuse issues. He’s doing really well now, and he's generously shared his journey here. 


Giving People Their Lives Back:

DCM staff member Alan spends his time connecting with taumai on a daily basis, building a rapport of trust, often with the help of a guitar or two.  He speaks with us about his work. 


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The Life-Changing Chair:

Few of us would count going to the dentist as a life-changing experience. However, Tihema Nicol knows she’s changing lives when she brings her dentist skills to the people of Wellington at DCM's Dental Service.


Helping Others Stay Housed:

Sometimes it's not just about getting housed but about staying housed. After spending four years on the street himself, Wellington local Alexi knows what it's like to be homeless more than most. These days, he's a proud part of the team at DCM who offer a helping hand to taumai at risk of losing their accommodation.