This evening, Dame Patsy hosted a reception for the Downtown Community Ministry’s 50th Birthday. DCM has been a safe, supportive environment for rough sleepers in Wellington since 1969, providing essential services like mental health and medical care, financial advice and an outreach programme. Their ultimate goal is helping people in to stable accommodation and ensuring they are supported in their journey along the way.
Both Dame Patsy and DCM Director Stephanie McIntyre praised the increased funding organisations such as their own have had to help end homelessness, but the major issue now is finding enough appropriate housing.
The reception at Government House this evening brought together many of the people and organisations who have worked with DCM to help end homelessness in Wellington.