WAHRS is involved in many different activities. Here is a quick look at our work:

Weekly Meetings

Each week, WAHRS holds a general meeting for about 30 members. We do lots of different things at our meetings. For example, we have nurses in to speak about HIV, our members or other researchers present about issues that are important to our members, we hold workshops about how to vote, or we talk about self-care. WAHRS is focused on teaching our members about harm reduction and how to be healthy and happy. We also do fun things like Hallowe’en parties and baseball games, which is part of harm reduction!

One Heart Healing Circles

Every month, we start a new healing circle. Eight members are invited to join and share in the circle with 2 facilitators and a spiritual leader. The group has weekly healing circles for 3 weeks, which gives each person the time to get out what they need to. Some circles are women only, some are men only, and some are co-ed. Our healing circles are different from others in the Downtown Eastside because we are inclusive to current and former drug users. We meet people where they are.

UBC Farm

For 4 months during the year, WAHRS members go out to UBC Farm on Musqueam territory. Members help out in the farm harvest and kitchen, and have the chance to get into nature. WAHRS also helps out at the Harvest Feast and other big events at UBC Farm.

Protests and Advocacy

WAHRS members run and go to protests against gentrification, vending by-law tickets, police brutality, and to fight for affordable social housing. WAHRS has also been involved in protests that deal with Aboriginal issues, such as Idle No More and the DTES Murdered and Missing Women March. Most recently, WAHRS has protested in support of the Unist’ot’en community in Northern BC and their fight against pipelines on unceded Indigenous territory. Every other week, WAHRS has peacefully protested at the local Chevron station on East Hastings St. to show their solidarity.


WAHRS members are part of a huge number of committees in the Vancouver community. We are part of the City of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning Process, we sit on the Mayor’s Mental Health and Addiction Task Force, we help out at the Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Centre, and we sit on committees for Sex Workers Against Violence, Right to Remain, the Dude’s Club, the Aboriginal Front Door Society, and the Eastside Illicit Drinks Group for Education. We are a voice for low income people in city policies and process.