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Clothing Bank (860) 870-0500
Homeless Shelter (860) 875-6343
Community Center (860) 872-1918 ext 231
Soup Kitchen (860) 871-1823

Shelter Not Closing

To all those concerned.
I have been approached by several people and asked if the Cornerstone shelter was closing. To avoid any further confusion I would like to let you know that the Cornerstone shelter will remain open. Although we do not receive Federal funding we have been generously taken care by the Tri-Town community and beyond and have a terrific grant writer. The town of Vernon financially supports our shelter. The Cornerstone Foundation consists of a soup kitchen, clothing bank, community center and a fifteen bed shelter. The shelter is maintained by five paid staff and a volunteer licensed case worker. Many of our clients have successfully moved on. To be able to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and cloth those in need is truly a blessing. We do not take anything for granted, we know without a shadow of doubt without the generosity of the Tri Town Community and beyond we would not be in existence. Thank you for helping us help those who are in need.

Please keep The Cornerstone Foundation in your prayer.

Helen Syriac
Executive Director
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.

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Cornerstone Cares – About Us Home

The Cornerstone Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Rockville, Connecticut, a former textile mill city about 15 miles northeast of Hartford. The Foundation was started in 1982 by Helen Syriac, a local resident and parishioner at Sacred Heart Church in Vernon. She was so moved by the death of a homeless man, Vern Cook, that she decided to create a place for caring and sharing. She went to her Pastor, and asked him if they could use the church library as a shelter. "If one person was seeking shelter, there must be others," she reasoned.Her Pastor agreed, and the first shelter for the homeless in the Vernon area was opened at Sacred Heart Church. During the first year, 143 people were sheltered, many of whom were single mothers with children. This original shelter still exists today. Helen felt a strong urge to open a "drop-in" center in Rockville, to provide a Christian environment for those who needed a listening ear. She called a few friends, shared the vision, and prayed. An initial site was identified, and after praying for the start-up money, within a few hours a person called and offered a jar of coins he had saved for several years. It was the exact amount needed! From that humble beginning, The Cornerstone Foundation has become the multi-faceted community resource it is today.

Soup Kitchen Building
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Prophecy received during 1982 prayer session
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Cornerstone Cares – Founder’s Reflections

updated July 17, 2015

Dear Friends of the Cornerstone,
It was a Saturday morning when I opened my e-mail and read, Hello my name is Theresa Page (fictitious name) "I have three children and I am being evicted from my apartment can you help me"?

To receive a plea for help from a homeless Mom is heartbreaking. To not have a bed for your children to lie on or a table to sit at and share a meal is frightening Experience. I can only imagine the trauma felt by this woman. What is equally sad is not to have family or friend to call on in your time of need.

To be honest with you this e-mail brought me to tears. I called our shelter director Bryan Flynt and asked him to read the e-mail and said "we need to do something to help this woman." Several weeks prior to receiving this email a few of us from our Board of Directors toured a house owned by St. Bernard Church
In hopes that one day we would be able to purchase it for a transitional living facility. It is a beautiful property and in pristine condition. I found myself telling Bryan that I would call St. Bernard Church explain the homeless situation and ask Fr. Rick if we could rent the house to place homeless families. I called, said a prayer and waited. I did not have to wait long. I received a call and was told Fr. Rick said yes, we could use the apartment free of charge to help the homeless families.

The upcoming shelter closing presents a major problem. I have no doubt that that we will be hearing from multiple single parents who are seeking shelter for their families.

As it stands now our emergency shelter for both men and women is always filled to capacity.
We will continue to do all that we can to help alleviate this problem.

Since food stamp money has been cut we are seeing many new people including children coming into the soup kitchen for their meals. To hear the conversation amongst the guest as they share a meal and see the smiles on the faces of the children and to hear the "thank you" as they leave the soup kitchen is a blessing.
In all the years that I have been at the Cornerstone things have never been this bad. We continue to pray and seek guidance. I truly believe that all things work out for the good for those who believe.

Thank you for sharing and caring. You have made a difference.

Please keep us in your prayer.
Helen Syriac
Executive Director
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.

Helen Syriac
Founder & Executive Director
Cornerstone Foundation

Helen


Cornerstone Cares – Our Missions


The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen serves over 40,000 meals/year!

The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen serves over 40,000 meals/year!

The Cornerstone Clothing Bank gives away over 45,000 items/year

The Cornerstone Clothing Bank gives away over 45,000 items/year!

The Cornerstone Shelter provides over nearly 5,500 "beds" of lodging/year!

The Cornerstone Shelter provides over nearly 5,500 “beds” of lodging/year!

Youths visit the Cornerstone Community Center over 3,000 times/year!

Youths visit the Cornerstone Community Center over 3,000 times/year!

Thank you for visiting The Cornerstone Foundation website today.
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Over the years, we have become a trusted grassroots, community-led, not-for-profit provider of social services that make downtown Rockville, Vernon, and surrounding communities better places to live. We have touched thousands of lives, from little tykes to seniors, and we’ve earned a reputation for genuine compassion, responsiveness to needs, logistical diligence and financial integrity.
We invite you to check out the rest of our website and contact us if we may be of service to you, someone you know, or if you would like to somehow assist our efforts.

The Cornerstone Foundation, P.O. Box 2036, Rockville, CT 06066-1436
Phone: 860.871.1823 Fax: 860.896.5057 Email: info@Cornerstone-Rockville.org