Opinion: Safe, structured housing for recovering women at transformation house in Canton
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 10:28 am

To the Editor:

On behalf the Board of Directors of New Hope Transformation House Ministries, Inc., I would like to sincerely thank all of those involved in our being approved to start a program to be located in the rectory of Grace Episcopal Church, Canton, that will offer safe and structured housing for newly recovering women seeking a pathway to re-enter productive society.

Such a project has long been a dream of THM and we were excited when Rev. Charles Smith with approval of the parish’s Vestry talked with us about the use of the vacant rectory. We are greatly indebted to the church and its friends for not only that initial offer but also the ongoing encouragement they have offered.

The St. Lawrence County Planning Board carefully researched the entire project in great detail and gave a final report that captured the essence of the undertaking as well as offering recommendations that were helpful and on target.

To borrow from a song of my era, we could never have accomplished the necessary consents for this project without a little help from our friends! So many in the community have stepped forward to lend their support, help, and assistance to us. We would particularly like to thank the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton, the Canton United Methodist Church, the Canton Democratic Committee, and New Hope Community Church, Potsdam.

The Canton Village Planning Board is to be commended for its attention to detail and its accommodation of the numbers of individuals who attended the meetings.

We look forward to being good friends and neighbors.

Carolyn M. White

New Hope Transformation House Ministries, Inc., chair, board of directors