COVID-19 update (December 29, 2020):  our In-Kind Donation Policy has changed to ensure the health of our residents, volunteers, and staff.

At this time we will NOT be accepting any In-Kind Gifts until March 12, 2021. If you have any donations we kindly ask that you hold onto them until this time or if you are able to make a monetary donation we would appreciate your support. Thank you.  

Donations drop-offs are by appointment only. To make an appointment contact Gabriela at 613-254-6584 Ext. 521 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Please give your powerful gift to help women today living in shelter and supportive housing.  Please give here

Providing for up to 200 women every day is no small feat. It takes an immense amount of time and energy from our staff and volunteers, along with resources from our selfless donors.

Below, you’ll find our most recent list of priority needs that enable us to make Ottawa a better place for women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We update it regularly, so feel free to check in and see what we need most urgently!


Current Wishlist

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Urgent Needs

These are items we very much need in order for Cornerstone residents to live in comfort, dignity, and safety.

  • New or gently-used blankets (twin size only please), new and gently used twin sheets sets,
  • New shower curtains, towels, and facecloths
  • New underwear, bras, socks, nighties, pajamas, and slippers, all sizes welcome. Especially need sizes XL – 4XL.


Frequent Needs

These are items we use very often at each of our residences. They might seem small, but they do so much to foster independence, promote healing, and bring joy to Cornerstone tenants. 

  • Long-distance calling cards
  • Craft and recreational supplies, such as; watercolor paper, construction paper, multi-use paper, acrylic paint, white glue, markers, clay, small canvasses, paintbrushes, pencil crayons, colouring books
  • $10 Gift cards for grocery stores, pharmacies such as; Shoppers Drug Mart, Tim Hortons, Giant Tiger, Presidents’ Choice etc.



Starter Kit Program

You can help a woman transitioning out of the shelter and moving into her own apartment by contributing to a Starter Kit. Each kit contains the basics that a woman needs when setting up a new home. These kits transform four walls and a roof into a cozy and peaceful home. It’s especially important that all items in a Starter Kit be unused – for women who have endured so much, new houseware means a great deal.

 A Starter Kit usually includes:

  • Kitchen Supplies: Pots and pans, frying pans, dish soap, and pot scrubbers

  • Bedding: Duvets and sheets

  • Cleaning supplies: Mop, broom, dust pan, and toilet brush

  • Hygiene products: Toilet paper and hand soap

  • First aid: Band aid and antibiotic cream


Food Donations

Donations of food help us to stretch our budget and provide more women with the support they need. We accept the following items:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

  • Sugar

  • Flour

  • Salt and pepper

  • Pasta

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Canned Goods

  • Peanut Butter

  • Rice

  • Bread

  • Dairy Products (milk, cheese, yogurt)

  • Meats

  • Fresh Produce

Besoins prioritaires | Notre liste des besoins


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