FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2021 – 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.
Ottawa Community Foundation’s Director Strategic Community Initiatives, Rebecca Aird says, “Now more than ever we know about the need to go deep to recognize and address perceptions and patterns that undermine equity. The Ottawa Community Foundation appreciates the opportunity to support organizational leaders like Cornerstone in their work, so that the insights they gain and the tools and approaches they develop can inform the effort that is needed across the board.”
This funding will give our organization the tools and training to implement an equity and inclusion lens to our programs and services. It will increase our staff, volunteer and resident competency in addressing racism in the workplace, housing services, and to the benefit of our city at large.
Sarah Davis, Executive Director of Cornerstone Housing for Women says, “We work with a very vulnerable group of women who are experiencing the crisis of homelessness, trauma, mental health challenges, racism, sexism and addictions, which is why it is so crucial for our organization as a whole to work together to remove systemic barriers, promote inclusion, and incorporate a diversity of perspectives.”
We are thrilled to have partnered with the City of All Women’s Initiative to start us on this journey and will be providing us with training beginning on June 1st , 2021. These trainings include:
Our goal is to increase our capacity to continue our anti-racism training and develop policy and procedures. We will share our knowledge and learnings with other like-minded organizations.
The Ottawa Community Foundation is a public, non-profit organization created by and for the people of Ottawa. It connects donors who care with causes that matter and serves as a trusted resource for addressing issues and leveraging opportunities in the community. It attracts and manages a growing endowment, the invested earnings of which provide grants to charitable organizations.
The Foundation’s role is as neutral broker in support of all charitable causes that contribute to the community’s quality of life. With a growing profile, the Ottawa Community Foundation has built an enviable reputation for astute financial management, high-quality donor services, strategic grantmaking and innovative partnerships. For more information, visit www.ocf-fco.ca.
Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter and safe, supportive housing for all women in Ottawa. At Cornerstone, women experience what ‘home’ truly means – often, for the first time in their lives. We help women build meaningful lives that fit their individual needs.
We strive to increase safe housing and to end homelessness. Our five residences cater to women at every stage of their journey. We are committed to public education and advocacy. We serve over two hundred women every day. For more information on Cornerstone Housing for Women, please visit our website www.cornerstonewomen.ca.
City for All Women Initiative (CAWI) is a unique collaboration of women and gender-diverse people from academia, civil society and the grassroots working with municipal decision makers to create a more inclusive city and advance gender equality. We do this by training people with lived experience of marginalization in civic engagement and community facilitation and working with the City of Ottawa and community organizations to apply equity and inclusion to all aspects of their work.