More support for O'Shaughnessy House in Carbonear

Published on March 23, 2011
Joanne Morrissey of North River (right) presents a cheque for just under $7,800 to Kim Fewer, manager of programming at O'Shaughnessy House.
Photo by Terry Roberts/The Compass

Operators of O'Shaughnessy House in Carbonear say public support for the transition house for women and children escaping violence has been tremendous.

The latest evidence of this came on March 16, when Joanne Morrissey of North River presented a cheque for just under $7,800 to Kim Fewer, manager of programming at O'Shaughnessy House.

The money will be used to purhase items such as clothing and other necessities for those who use the shelter.

Morrissey led an effort to stage a dinner at the Lions Club in Bay Roberts on March 6 that attracted some 260 guests, each of whom paid $25 to attend. There were also raffles on various items during the event. The Lions Club and the 50-plus Club catered at no charge, while organizers provided the food and other items, much of which was also donated.

The dinner coincided with International Women's Day, and was the third such event organized by Morrissey, with an estimated $25,000 now being raised for O'Shaughnessy House.

The shelter was officially opened in September 2010 and is located in the former Presentation Sisters convent. The building was donated, and was followed by a roughly $1 million renovation, with the bulk of the money coming from the provincial government. O'Shaughnessy House is a 15-bed facility that is owned and operated by the Iris Kirby House in St. John's.