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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.
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.
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Cornerstone Cares – Founder’s Reflections
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.
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.
Founder & Executive Director
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