Cornerstone News

June 17, 2021

Temporary Solution for Cornerstone’s Women’s Shelter

A temporary place to stay has been found for more than 100 women experiencing homelessness until a more permanent shelter and housing solution can be found.
June 3, 2021

Emergency Housing for Women at Risk

More than 100 of Ottawa’s most vulnerable residents will lose their shelter at the end of June if Cornerstone Housing for Women cannot find an interim site for its emergency shelter within three weeks.
May 31, 2021

Ottawa Community Foundation generously supports Cornerstone Housing for Women

On April 29, 2021 Cornerstone Housing for Women was thrilled to receive the news that Ottawa Community Foundation is providing us with $10,000 towards Cornerstone’s Anti-Racism Training Pilot Program.
May 20, 2021

Cornerstone Reflection piece on conviction of Officer in George Floyd murder case

Cornerstone, along with many in our community celebrated after hearing the guilty verdict for murder and manslaughter handed down to the now former Minneapolis police officer on April 20, 2021 who caused the death of George Floyd. We along with many, for a moment, breathed a sigh of relief.
May 10, 2021

Her Story behind the mask

When he used to pin me against a wall, I remember thinking I was still in control of the situation- Even in the experience of my trauma I tried to manage it by using deescalation techniques including aftercare, debrief, and reconnecting. As a person who has committed their entire professional career to the most marginalized women and gender-diverse people in our country- I knew how to handle trauma and crisis well.
March 5, 2021

Women on the frontlines of the Pandemic

Pre-pandemic, we would not think to put more than two women in one room at our shelter, we believe in providing dignified spaces for women. But, COVID-19 and the stay-at-home orders have left Cornerstone needing to open more beds at our emergency shelter.
March 5, 2021

Statement on Vaccines Coming to Cornerstone Housing for Women’s Shelter and Booth Street Supportive Housing Residence

Cornerstone Housing for Women is thrilled to announce that our women’s shelter and Booth Street Supportive Housing Residence have been re-prioritized to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in phase-one of the vaccine rollout. This good news came from The City of Ottawa on March 3, 2021.
January 29, 2021

COVID-19 Shelter Outbreak

Due to the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in Ottawa, Shepherds of Good Hope, The Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre, Cornerstone Housing for Women and The Ottawa Mission, in coordination with Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH), proactively initiated sector-wide testing earlier this month. As a result of this testing, multiple positive cases have been identified at these locations.
October 1, 2020

Case Manager perspective

It's a chilly September morning, another busy day ahead of me. My first appointment is with Adelaide. She has a PhD and is sharing stories about her research all over the world. I'm amazed and can’t help but think about the things that must have happened that led her to be sitting across from me. I’m a case manager at an Ottawa homeless shelter. She is experiencing homelessness
June 24, 2020

Local restaurants feed women in emergency shelter and housing during COVID19

Cornerstone Housing for Women publically recognizes the incredible restaurants and suppliers that have cared deeply for our mission, during this pandemic. Twenty-four restaurants supplied meals to our frontline staff, clients in our busy downtown emergency shelter, plus our over women living at four supportive housing residences, and outreach programs.
May 15, 2020

CHFW Statement on Racial Justice

As an organization, we want to honour George Floyd’s life and so many other marginalized people who have suffered because of an unjust system. We will use this time to learn. We are committed to social justice, to honour Black women, marginalized communities, and positively contribute to the lives of People of Colour.
May 8, 2020

Statement on COVID-19 Case at Cornerstone Housing For Women

Cornerstone Housing for Women, emergency shelter and housing for women in Ottawa, has experienced its third confirmed COVID-19 case, in the last four weeks. The week of April 6th, a woman who previously showed symptoms, tested positive, and was then moved to the Routhier Community Isolation Centre. She has since fully recovered. This past week, two additional women showed symptoms, were tested as soon as possible, and placed in off-site isolation care.
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