DCM offers taumai the opportunity to engage with skilled staff, receive assistance to identify their needs and the support they require to achieve wellbeing.
Our number one priority is ending homelessness. We work with people to get them off the streets or move them from unstable living arrangements. We help them find their own place and stay there.
We support this by offering practical help with banking, budgeting, addressing debt and accessing correct benefit entitlements. We provide a foodbank that endeavours to identify and address the underlying reasons for an individual’s shortage of food.
As the people who come to us are often unwell, struggling with addictions, mental illness and the chronic ill-health which comes with poverty and homelessness, we provide an on-site health clinic at the unique hub we have created in our building in Lukes Lane. We call our hub Te Korowai Nui o Te Whānau (“the large cloak that envelops the family”). Te Korowai also includes the DCM Dental Service, a partnership with Wellington dentists to address one of the most significant unmet needs of taumai. Upstairs at Te Korowai, we provide a safe space and opportunities for people to participate in constructive activities including a cultural connections programme, music sessions and a computer hub. We call this space Te Hāpai, meaning to lift up.