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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 March 24, 2016
Dear Friends of the Cornerstone,

Over the past few months two of our young clients passed away.   Since the majority of them do not have family we will make arraignments for their burial.  Kathy, who has been in and out of shelters for most of her life recently passed away.  Being a client, we made arrangements at a local church for a memorial service.   As I entered the room where the service was held I looked around and was amazed to see the many former homeless shelter clients there to pay homage.  I knew then that the homeless are a family unto themselves.  The many stories that were shared was heartwarming.

Although it is heartbreaking that Kathy passed away at a young age I am grateful that during the last few weeks of her life we were able to give her a warm bed to sleep on, a warm jacket to wear in the cold weather and three meals a day.  Most of all the fellowship that was needed. 

It is because of your generosity that Kathy and others in the same situation are able to have a place to come to in their time of need. 
Thank you for sharing and caring.  You have made a difference.

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

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