Booth Residents Return Home After Fire
October 17, 2022

Cornerstone Fall Newsletter


As the leaves change colours, Cornerstone continues to move past our collective distress to recovery. At the end of June, there was a small fire in one of the rooms at our Booth Residence, thankfully no one was harmed due to the amazing staff team at Cornerstone. Unfortunately, this resulted in extensive water and mold damage. With the support of the community and the City of Ottawa, the residents were safely rehoused for two and a half months and are relieved to have returned home this month. We could not have moved the women back and created a real comfortable place to go home to again without our community’s kindness and generosity.

Over the summer months, while managing the remediation, repair, and support to Booth and its residents; we continued to open up our doors to our volunteers and community. It has been such a gift to return to in-person events, From our Meet & Greet, Mega Charity Event, community markets, and of course our Purple Tie Gala. We greatly appreciated everyone who attended our annual Purple Tie Gala at the Ottawa Art Gallery.

As we move into the Fall we are excited to move ahead with our Strategic Framework and roll out our goals and commitments over the coming years. Our Strategic Framework was developed by the community, organizational partners, residents and service users of Cornerstone, the staff and volunteers, and the Board of Directors.

As we continue recovering from the Pandemic and Occupation, we continue to work towards providing more housing for women and gender-diverse individuals. We are thrilled to let you know that demolition has started at our soon-to-be fifth supportive housing residence, 44 Eccles. We are hopeful that this time next year, we will be preparing to welcome 46 women and gender-diverse people to a home of their very own.

We look forward to developing more connections through celebrations of Thanksgiving and Diwali. We are truly thankful for you, our supporters, our neighbours, donors, our staff, residents, and the Ottawa community! We are grateful for your continued generosity.

Sarah Davis
Executive Director

WELCOME CORNERSTONE'S NEW BOARD MEMBERS. MEET YASMIN AND ARUSHANA!
IN THE COMMUNITY: PAST EVENTS
 
CORNERSTONE COMMUNITY: UPCOMING EVENTS
PURPLE TIE GALA 2022: BACK IN-PERSON

You did it once again Ottawa! Cornerstone would like to thank our incredible city for their generosity in supporting our fourth annual Purple Tie Gala! Together, we have raised more than $143,000 to help support women and gender-diverse individuals for hope, healing, and housing.

We are grateful for our Presenting Sponsors who made this incredible night happen! Livingston Wealth Management and MacDonald Wealth Management RBC and Generously Supported by Flora Hall Brewing.

ADVOCACY
National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day

September 30 marks the second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. A day that honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. It is also Orange Shirt Day, an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived residential schools and remembers those who did not.

Starts With Home Campaiggn

Starts With Home is a non-partisan campaign to mobilize public and political support for affordable housing and ending homelessness in Ottawa in advance of October’s city election on October 24th. Remember to vote for housing this election day. Cornerstone is proud to endorse this campaign.

SUPPORT CORNERSTONE

Your generosity makes women’s lives better!

URGENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE NEEDS:

  • Fleece blankets
  • New towels
  • New toaster
  • New coffee makers
  • New kettles
  • Craft Supplies
  • Hairbrushes
  • Hand Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brush
  • Deodorant
  • Moisturizer
CORNERSTONE HOLIDAY GIFT PROGRAM

With the holidays fast approaching, you can help us put together a holiday gift for one of our residents at our supportive housing or emergency shelter!

In a holiday gift bag please include:

  • 1 Pajama set (size S to 4XL)
  • 1 $10 Gift card
  • Chocolate and candies
  • A holiday card

Gift Card Wish List

PC, Giant Tiger, Tim Hortons, McDonalds, Dollarama or Walmart

Support a women move from isolation to hope this Fall!

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