As with any developing community whose new inhabitants are in states of transition and transiency, Bytown took time to grow – not just architecturally, but socially and culturally as well. Because its residents had arrived from various places and backgrounds, they had very different expectations of what their new home should be. New social institutions like hospitals, churches, and schools played an important role in establishing a sense of belonging and community at a time when many felt socially isolated and overwhelmed by change. Other groups and societies that emerged during the first half of the nineteenth century included the French Canadian Institute, Friends of Ireland, Bytown Benevolent Society, Ottawa Mechanics Institute, Ottawa Valley Lumber Association, and Sisters of Charity. These institutions helped provide support and guidance for new immigrant workers and their families, while advocating on their behalf in times of need.