2017 marks Harmony House’s 30th anniversary
Harmony House opened in 1987 in response to a need for safe, longer-term housing and support for abused women and their children fleeing violent situations. This need was originally identified in a five-year study of community social needs in Ottawa undertaken by the Social Planning Council. St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, which was looking to undertake a major social outreach program at the time, took on this ambitious project and brought Harmony House into existence.
Since January 1987, Harmony House has provided safe shelter and support to women and children and have also provided ongoing support to hundreds of ex-residents. Harmony House continues to see examples of the success of its programs in the achievement of women who complete training programs and re-enter the workforce and who re-establish safe and secure family lives with their children.
This success is seen in the children who are able to grow up in homes where violence is no longer a feature of their daily lives. These children are now able to excel in school and to enjoy living normal, fun lives – the right of every child.