Ma­ter­nity home plan hits a snag

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - NEWS - DON CROSBY

A Walk­er­ton woman who wants to start a ma­ter­nity home in the for­mer Brockton ar­moury has hit a road block.

Bobby-Jo Mo­ran came to Brockton coun­cil ask­ing to rent the ar­moury build­ing to set up a home for women in cri­sis (un­wed moth­ers) who might not nec­es­sar­ily have sup­port at home. She wants to use the for­mer day­care cen­tre.

Growth Re­sources Op­por­tu­nity for Women is a non profit or­ga­ni­za­tion re­ly­ing on do­na­tions and some fund­ing from the women who may be on some pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment sup­port ser­vices.

“We are in the process of set­ting up an or­ga­ni­za­tion where we will fundraise for our­selves so we are not re­ly­ing con­stantly on our com­mu­nity and for their sup­port . . . we are also look­ing at a cloth­ing swap or sec­ond hand store or pos­si­bly a con­sign­ment store where our girls would be able to have some job ex­pe­ri­ence and we could fund raise for the ma­ter­nity home as well,” Mo­ran said.

The pro­gram would teach the women life skills.

“A lot of our moms came out of the sys­tem them­selves so they have lit­er­ally have not been taught proper food prep or nu­tri­tion or bond­ing with their child, how to even heal and over­come their own trauma in life,” said Mo­ran, who noted that the num­ber of po­ten­tial users varies from time to time but since this is the only ser­vice avail­able in Grey-Bruce she ex­pects the home would be quite busy.

“I was talk­ing to one of the doc­tors (in Owen Sound) and she said she could off the top of her head re­fer 12 girls to me eas­ily,” said Mo­ran.

Mo­ran said she would like to move in as soon as pos­si­ble.

When the rec­om­men­da­tion to rent the ar­moury to Mo­ran came up for dis­cus­sion Coun. Steve Oberle said the Brockton her­itage com­mit­tee wants to use the ar­moury space to store and dis­play ar­ti­facts.

Ted Cobean chair of the her­itage com­mit­tee said in an in­ter­view later the com­mit­tee has had an in­ter­est in us­ing the ar­moury build­ing for a cou­ple of years now.

“What the her­itage com­mit­tee wants to do (is use the) sec­ond floor as stor­age. We are in the fire hall at the mo­ment and you never know when you may be asked to leave the fire hall,” said Cobean.

“Se­condly we plan to pos­si­bly have a dis­play area down­stairs, we’re not sure of that yet. That may be way in the fu­ture.”

Coun­cil voted to ta­ble Mo­ran’s re­quest un­til the her­itage com­mit­tee has a chance to make its pro­posal to coun­cil. Oberle sug­gested it could take un­til Jan­uary. Mayor Dave Inglis said he would like to see a more ex­pe­di­ent de­ci­sion.

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