Kayley Learn, MSW student, is in Ottawa, Canada, completing her
2017-2018 fall and spring field education placement, and is
blogging about her experience. Kayley will be interning at the
Cornerstone Housing for Women, a supportive housing
Cornerstone Housing for Women provides emergency shelter
and safe affordable permanent housing for women in Ottawa, Ontario.
It runs 4 housing communities for women; these four residences
make up a vibrant community for women moving from homelessness to
hope, healing, and housing. Residents can take part in group
self-help workshops and crisis counseling, to help them on their
healing journeys. Their housing communities often come together for
recreational downtime, enjoying everything from barbecues and
dances to dinners and fashion shows.
Cornerstone works closely with Centretown Citizens Ottawa
Corporation, Centretown Community Health Centre, McPhail Baptist
Church, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ottawa Inner City
Health, and other community agencies to offer programs that support
case management, counseling, and housing. A spiritual care program
is available to all residents. Women at Cornerstone are encouraged
to set goals and make plans to achieve them. They’re laying
the foundations for stable, independent living, either in their
affordable housing communities or elsewhere.