"Marion Hilliard House first opened its doors in July 1967. After 35 years of service, Marion Hilliard House will close its doors on September 30, 2002. Marion Hilliard House had its beginning in the mind of the Rev. Robert McRae[sic i.e. MacRae]. In 1965, the Cariboo Home Society was formed, with a vision to provide a place of acceptance for pregnant young women. The emphasis was on providing a resource that would promote healthy lifestyles during pregnancy, and to offer direct support and educational programs within a safe environment. The site where Marion Hilliard House sits today began as the [original site of the] Church of Cleopas." "More than 900 young women were admitted to the house from across Canada, with the majority coming from British Columbia". "By the mid-70s there was a slight occupancy decrease. Occupancy declined at a greater rate again during the 1990s and has remained low to date." "Many people have been instrumental in the operation of Marion Hilliard House over the years. The Rev. Robert McRae [sic i.e. MacRae] with his vision for a needed ministry, and Elsie Garlick, who tirelessly gave her expertise and guidance to Marion Hilliard House for more than 30 years".