“We continue to grow and develop along with the women we serve. “ – Cornerstone Website
Founded in 1983 by a small group of people under the name “Women in Crisis Project”, the project was initially meant to provide an overnight place for women living on the street in Ottawa to come in from the cold for one night.
In 1986, built a twelve-room house called Martha’s to provide a more permanent home for the women who were regular users of the shelter.
In 1989, opened a 20-apartment, permanent housing housing community on MacLaren Street in Ottawa.
In 1999, the Women in Crisis Project changed its name to Cornerstone/Le Pilier.
In 2000, opened McPhail House, a cooperative supportive living community.
For the last 28 years, Cornerstone has been committed to public education and advocacy, and has strived to increase safe, affordable housing and to end homelessness; they offer services to women of all ages who need short-term accommodation, long term supportive housing and self-contained apartments in an affordable supportive housing community