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Cornerstone Cares – Foodshare Annual Walk-a-thon

Cornerstone Foundation stands behind Foodshares 33rd annual walk-a-thon.
Foodshare is a much needed organization providing food to the agencies that feed the hungry.
Wishing them a successful fundraising event,

Helen Syriac
Executive Director
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.

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 December 3, 2015 Dear Friends of the Cornerstone,
It’s that time of year again when the holiday decorations begin to go up and the planning starts for the events that will take place in the next few weeks.

There were lots of smiles and full plates of turkey on Thanksgiving Day here at the soup Kitchen.  A group from St. Bernard Church volunteered their time, talent and treasure to make sure the hungry were well fed.

Soon after Thanksgiving we put up and decorated our Christmas tree for the soup kitchen.
December 19th is our children’s Christmas party.  We need to sort through toys separating according to ages and make sure that we have games to play, face painters, refreshments for one hundred children.  It is heartwarming to see the interaction between the children and parents.

Then on Christmas morning there is the annual Scrooge Scramble Race.  Some of the racers come in costumes such as Santa Clause.  It is a lot of fun.

Last but not least we celebrate Christmas day with a feast. All who share dinner with us at the soup kitchen will receive a small gift.  Before this meal and every meal we say a prayer of thanksgiving for the goodness that has been shown to the Cornerstone Foundation.

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

Please keep us in your prayer.

Peace & Blessings,

Helen Syriac
Founder & Executive Director
Cornerstone Foundation


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!

The Food Pantry

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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