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Soup Kitchen (860) 871-1823
Overnight Shelter (860) 875-6343
Clothing Bank Etc. (860) 870-0500

Community Center (860) 913-2268
Food Cupboard (860) 375-8053

Cornerstone Cares – Events / Links
Annual Events
Scrooge’s Scramble
Christmas Party
Soup Fest Celebration
Prom Dress Event
Easter Dinner
July in the Sky
National Night Out

Cornerstone Cares – Cornerstone Community Newsletter Fall 2017

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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 December 26, 2016
Dear Friends of the Cornerstone,

So many great things have happened this year that allows us to help people in different ways that I'm finding it difficult to know where to start.

First, I will begin by saying, the Cornerstone Foundation would not be in existence today if it were not for people like you.   So, I thank all of you volunteers who have spent multiple hours performing multiple tasks to help Cornerstone.   Whether it’s volunteering at the shelter, clothing bank etc. soup, kitchen, food cupboard, community center, or to you who spent hours successfully planning fundraising event for the Cornerstone.    THANK YOU.
For our cooks who spend hours planning and preparing our meals Thank you.   To all of you who help us monetarily Thank you. There is a saying that goes like this "No one has it all together but together we have it all" Thank you again for sharing and caring.    You have made a difference.

In September we had a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of our food cupboard.
The cupboard is open on Tuesdays-9:00 a.m.to noon & Saturdays Noon to 2:00 p.m.   So far over two hundred families have signed up for help.

Cornerstone has made an arrangement with St. Bernard's Church to operate a shelter called the Clairvaux House.   The name was chosen because St. Bernard lived in Clairvaux France.   The shelter is for single moms with children.   We will be able to house three families at a time.   There will be house staff on the premises to ensure that the house rules are followed.

I cannot say enough about our Cornerstone clothing bank Etc. In addition to providing much needed clothing to those in need, I would like to give you an Idea of what Etc. means on the clothing bank sign.   This past summer a special event was held to help young women go to their High School prom.   There were racks of pretty gowns, shelves of shoes, jewelry & purses.   To top it all off they had their hair cut & styled by a professional hairdresser and had their nails done.   It was very successful event.   Approximately thirty young women were able to go to the prom knowing that they looked beautiful.

Because of the lack of space I cannot elaborate on the happenings at our shelter and soup kitchen.   But I can tell you that last year we served fifty four thousand meals and it is growing by the day.   The Cornerstone shelter sheltered over five thousand five hundred individuals.   We are receiving dozens of calls for space on a daily basis because there are minimal shelters available.   It is a heartbreaking situation.    Please be assured that we do all that we can to help those who come to us in their time of need.

Please keep us in your Prayer.

Helen Syriac
Founder & Executive Director
The Cornerstone Foundation, Inc.


Cornerstone Cares – Our Missions

The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen serves over 40,000 meals/year!
The Cornerstone Soup Kitchen serves over 85,000 meals/year!
The Cornerstone Clothing Bank gives away over 69,600 items/year
The Cornerstone Clothing Bank etc. gives away over 69,600 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 Cupboard provides food assistance to those needing some extra help who meet the federal guidelines for food assistance.

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