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Story of Ronna

“I love helping people out, it’s my nature.”

Meet Ronna

I moved to Ottawa in October 2016, my brother and I travelled from Halifax, but my brother went back. I stayed at Shepherds of Good Hope for a month and went back to Haulksback after that. I went back to Shepherds again and then moved to Cornerstone. I stayed at the shelter for seven months.

At Cornerstone, I got a caseworker who helped me find a place, and I moved to my own place in December 2017. I lived there for three years. In October 2020, I moved to a place in Centretown, which is within walking distance to everywhere and has good public transit access.

Melanie is my outreach worker, and I have been in Cornerstone’s outreach program, Connections, since 2018.  I started volunteering at Cornerstone two years ago. Cornerstone has helped me out so much, and I wanted to give back to the community.

In my time as a volunteer I have helped in the donation room, sorting and organizing donations; I have helped Chef Paul in the kitchen; I helped clean rooms when residents moved out, and recently I helped at the shelter organize their storage room when they moved to a temporary location.

“I love helping people out, it’s my nature.”

A job opening at the shelter came up in February 2021, and now I’m the dishwasher at the shelter.

I got a dog, a Pit-Shepherd Boxer, his name is Hank, and he’s a certified emotional support dog. I like going on walks and taking Hank to the dog park. We visit Cornerstone from time to time.

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