Cornerstone Housing for Women

Every year, almost 1,000 women become homeless in Ottawa. Cornerstone provides emergency shelter and safe, permanent housing for a diversity of women.
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Our goal is for every woman to have a safe, affordable place to call home so she may reach her full potential in a caring community. We have more than 65 full and part-time staff and almost 300 volunteers. Every year, we provide more than 140,000 nourishing meals.

Cornerstone provides basic needs and a variety of support programs, such as spiritual support, safety planning, mental health and addictions support, computer training, employment counseling, crisis counseling and housing search.

We are currently planning a beautiful new housing community on Princeton Avenue in Ottawa’s west end!

Info at-a-glance

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For our new Princeton facility:

  • Technology equipment and furniture for its Lifelong Learning Centre
  • A video surveillance system
  • Elevator for mobility assistance

How you can help


Our new Princeton facility will provide a safe home for 42 women who need moderate support. The women who move into this new space will be transitioning out of crisis, but will still need some help living in the community.

The Sisters of Jeanne d’Arc are entrusting Cornerstone with the residence they have used as their “Mother House” for many years. This will allow the sisters to continue their legacy of helping women in need.

The Sisters, Cornerstone Housing for Women, architect Barry Hobin and Uniform Urban Developments have come together for the redevelopment of this space into 42 supportive housing apartments for women. These four parties all care deeply about the Westboro community and want to see this space used in an inspiring way. It’s an ideal partnership!

This exciting renovation began in the summer of 2017. The architect for the project will be Anthony Leaning of CSV Architects. When it’s completed, Cornerstone will have a brand new, transformative space that women can come to and turn their lives around.

There are a number of programs and items for which we are fundraising in order to bring this project to fruition. Please contact us for project or donation information.


As a Cornerstone volunteer, you can be vital piece of the puzzle that helps women break the cycle of poverty and homeless and build a new life of hope and stability. Here are a few of the ways you might like to volunteer at Cornerstone:

  • Sorting food donations, and helping prepare the nutritious meals that fuel Cornerstone women.
  • Providing transportation and accompaniment for appointments, housing search, and moving.
  • Organizing activities like arts and crafts or games nights, off-site adventures, and exercise programming that keeps every day joyful and new.
  • Providing haircuts, tailoring a dress or a pair of pants, and sorting through donations, so residents can feel like their best selves and live with dignity.

We welcome new ideas and projects to accommodate your special skill sets! We welcome everyone to start the conversation about volunteering at Cornerstone.

Events and fundraising

Annual Garden Party & Fashion Show

The Annual Garden Party & Fashion Show, hosted by Sukoo Sukhoo has become our signature event. Held every June, this fundraiser contributes $25,000 annually, all of which goes towards providing shelter, meals and counseling for the women who come to Cornerstone seeking to rebuild their lives.

“Building the Dream” Capital Campaign

Our “Building the Dream” Capital Campaign is raising $1.5 million for our newest housing community located at 373 Princeton Avenue. The campaign runs through February 2018, and we expect renovations will be completed by June 2018. This new property will provide safe, affordable housing for 42 women transitioning out of homelessness.

Board members and executives

Headshot of Sue Garvey
Sue Garvey, Executive Director
Headshot of Wilda Phillips
Wilda Phillips, Foundation Board Chair

Management board
Margaret Bloodworth, Chair, Management Board
Barb Belohoubek
Marilyn Box
Patricia Hassard
Jean McCloskey
Edeltraud Neal
Joyce Potter
Georgia Roberts
Leslie Worden

Foundation board
Wilda Phillips, Chair, Foundation Board
Arpad Abonyi
Lesley Cameron
Dianne Wing
Monica Harvey
Gerda Kraft
Peggy Lister
Trudy Sutton

Get in touch

Cornerstone Housing for Women
314 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 7K2

Twitter: @HopeCornerstone