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Welcome to Cornerstone
We are a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women in Ottawa. We want every woman to have a safe, affordable place to call home so she can reach her full potential in a caring community.
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The Cornerstone Volunteer Program is made up of an incredible group of dedicated and caring people who freely give of their time to enrich the lives of those in their community. At Cornerstone, we strive to involve volunteers as partners.
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Update on Funding Cuts Announcement

We want to thank everyone for coming out to our Community Meeting on the 4th of March to show your support and learn about the recent budget cuts. We are now moving beyond the news of $212,000 loss in funding, and going forward with the knowledge that we are faced with making some difficult decisions as we navigate this time of transition. In spite of this challenge, we are dedicated to providing quality services for women experiencing homelessness, or moving beyond homelessness in Ottawa. We will continue to work with our community partners, and ensure that the women who come to us receive the assistance they need to rebuild their lives.

We encourage you to speak to your City Council member as the 2015 budget is being discussed and to express your concerns about any reductions to services for Ottawa's most vulnerable citizens. At Cornerstone, we are in support of efforts to shift public funding from short term interventions to permanent, affordable housing, with support for people who need it most. We are also concerned about those among us who will be impacted by lost, or compromised services during the transition period to a new system. Encourage your City Councillors to advocate for some transition funding to help those agencies who can help bridge the gap.

We also wish to thank those who have responded to our call for help. Your support means the world to us, and we appreciate every message of encouragement and every donation. Watch for information about our Annual Fund Drive as we strive to raise $100,000 to fill the gap left by the cuts and to help us through this difficult transition.

News Bulletin on Cornerstone Funding Cuts

square  SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT - 2015 Annual Fund Drive
  • Due to the loss of $212,000 in funding from the City of Ottawa, we are asking for your help, so that the women who come to Cornerstone receive the assistance they need to rebuild their lives. Thanks to a generous donation of $21,000 from Royal LePage Team Realty & Royal LePage Gale Realty, we are well on our way to reaching our $100,000 goal! Watch your inbox and mailbox for more information or contact Connie Franklin, Resource Development Manager at 613-254-6584 ext. 503 or

square  2015 Annual Garden Party & Fashion Show

Garden Party and Fashion Show

square  Cornerstone's Mission Statement
  • Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and supportive housing for a diversity of women.
  • Our services are offered in an environment which promotes dignity and a sense of hope.
  • We are committed to public education and advocacy, and strive to increase safe, affordable housing and to end homelessness.

square  Need Assistance Now!
  • If you or someone you know needs emergency shelter, call us at 237-4669 any time and we will make sure you have a place to stay until you can make future plans. If you are in crisis and need support other than emergency shelter, call the Ottawa Distress Centre at 238-1089.

square  Cornerstone's commitment to transparency
  • To ensure our community of Cornerstone's commitment to transparency and accountability, we are happy to share information about our financial controls and safeguards by calling Barbara Dransch at 613-254-6584 x 508.

square  Cornerstone WISHLIST
  • We are gratefully accepting the following items, which can be found on our WISH LIST. Donations should be delivered to 314 Booth Street, Monday- Friday between the hours of 9am-3pm. Please note that we are not able to accept donations of used clothing at this time. Thank you for your kindness.

314 Booth St., Ottawa, ON K1R 7K2
Tel: 613-254-6584 | Fax: 613-234-6213

Charitable Registration Number #83725-8854-RR0001
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