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 parishoner 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.
Cornerstone Foundation needs your help! For the 17th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1,000,000 among hunger-fighting agencies nationwide, based on donations made between March 1 and April 30, 2014. The million dollars will be divided proportionately among agencies and houses of worship nationwide that are helping to feed the hungry.
Known as the "Feinstein Challenge," this annual fundraiser has helpled the Cornerstone Foundation to continue to feed our hungry neighbors. Donations may include cash, checks, and food items valued at $1 per item.
The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen serves over 40,000 meals/year!
The Cornerstone Clothing Bank gives away over 45,000 items/year
The 24rd annual Scrooge's Scramble 5K run/walk on Christmas Day 2014 went great. Thanks to all who participated.
The Cornerstone Shelter provides over nearly 5,500 "beds" of lodging/year!
Youths visit the Cornerstone Community Center over 3,000 times/year!
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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.