The Salvation Army Transitional House in the Hintonbugh neighbourhood of Ottawa, held their annual summer BBQ, welcoming the neighbours to their backyard in celebration of the connection they have with the community.
In attendance, were neighbours and representatives of the Hintonburg Economic Development Committee and the nearby Parkdale United Church.
Transitional House is an extension of The Ottawa Booth Centre and provides minimum support housing for homeless, single adult men with limited resources and income as they make the transition to appropriate independent living situations. Each of the 16 men is given a private furnished room and after achieving some degree of independence, they have the opportunity to practice and hone independent living skills and social reintegration.
When Transitional House first opened back in 2004, there were some initial concerns from the community but the residents have become a helpful presence over the years.. The residents volunteer their time with events at the Parkdale United Church and have helped set up and clean up local festivals. The residents also help neighbours with odd jobs including snow removal and lawn care and cleaning the street.
Over the years the community has embraced Transitional House and the role the residents play.
Watch the following videos to hear testimonials from local community members: