Maternity home plan hits a snag
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.