Ottawa, ON - On May 25, 2015 at approximately 1:00 AM, the residents of the Destiny's Way Journey House Program for males, located in Barrhaven, were awakened to the sounds of a door bell ringing multiple times. The worker on duty answered the door, and was informed by a neighbour that the house next door was on fire. The residents were evacuated long before smoke reached the unit and the smoke alarms went off. While there was no real physical damage to the unit, the air quality rendered the home inhabitable. As a result these residents of the Journey House Program were forced to relocate temporarily to the Destiny's Way respite facility in Merrickville.
This situation also threatened the After School and Summer Camp Day Programs being facilitated out of the home. With the creativity of the Destiny's Way staff members Ashleigh Sidler, Caroline Robitaille, and Rian Alston, the After School Program was allowed to continue by accessing the parks, stores, and recreation centres within the community. However this would not be a suitable solution once the Summer Camp Day Program commenced on July 06, 2015.
Destiny's Way contacted many facilities, none of which were interested in a short term solution to the problem at hand. After reaching out to many offices and rental units, Dominique Cote and Allison Lewrey of Axim Offices and Services, responded within a few minutes of the initial phone call, and were able to accommodate the Summer Camp Day Program for one month, knowing full well that a lease would not be signed. In the mean time, Dave Berry of RE/Max Absolute Realty, worked diligently to provide the displaced residents with a new home for August 1st. This new Barrhaven rental unit will also be a perfect setting for staff to rendezvous before accessing the community for the Summer Camp Day Program.
Many thanks to staff members Ashleigh, Caroline, and Rian as well as Dominique Cote and Allison Lewrey of Axim Offices and Services, and Dave Berry of RE/Max Absolute Realty.