It is official—314 Booth Street is now open and soon to be home for 42 women, once homeless or at risk of homelessness.
On May 25, Cornerstone supporters and volunteers packed the house for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Cornerstone Housing for Women facility. Cornerstone, a community ministry of the Anglican diocese of Ottawa, spearheaded the $11.8 million project.
The Cornerstone Foundation Capital Campaign, A Journey of Hope raised over $2.3 million for the project, including a generous donation made by the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Pembroke. Faith and community groups, foundations and individual donors sponsored rooms, computers, furnishings, equipment and the garden.
The four-storey building was designed to create light-filled welcoming spaces; (it is also) environmentally-friendly and wheel-chair accessible. Supports and services will be available to the residents including a computer lab and 24-hour health care assistance. Residents will have the option to have their meals in the communal dining room or (to prepare them) in their own unit.
Seven years in the planning, the women now have a place to call home.
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