Mission: Cornerstones is a community-based nonprofit organization serving northern virginia that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.
Programs: Emergency and supported housing programs:emergency shelter and rapid re-housing - cornerstones served 589 unduplicated clients through the embry rucker community shelter. Case management including housing location services were provided to sixty-six families which totaled 183 individuals (113 children and 70 adults). Forty-four of the 66 families who exited the shelter moved to permanent housing. Case management including housing location services were provided to 175 single individuals. Of the singles who exited the shelter, 44% or 77 moved to permanent housing. Hypothermia prevention services were provided to 231 individuals during extreme weather related conditions. Outreach and drop-in services, including mental health support, medical care, food, showers and laundry, were also provided to an additional 92 individuals. The community case management and permanent supportive housing programs provided services to 482 clients including 228 children with essential services to further move the families and individuals to greater stability.
family stability and child health and development: 1. Laurel learning centercornerstones' laurel learning center (llc) provided quality childcare for 184 children in 91 families. Sixty-eight percent of llc families attended llc with a subsidy from the county of fairfax's office for children. In fy15, 36 of 36 preschool children entered kindergarten and demonstrated readiness by achieving age appropriate milestones in language, vocabulary and social interaction. All infants and toddlers were assessed for age-appropriate development by their teachers. 2. Healthy families fairfaxhealthy families fairfax is a voluntary home-visiting program for first-time and at-risk parents who are expecting or who have recently delivered a baby. During fiscal year 2015, the program served 87 children and 113 adults (mothers and fathers).
community building initiatives (cbi) and neighborhood resources (nr) for collective impact: the assisted services and prevention program provided critical services to 7,239 individuals in 2,353 families (3,927 children), including long-term assistance toward increasing stability. Services included the provision of 17,048 bags of supplemental food/ toiletries and 904 packets of diapers/wipes; 786 vouchers for clothing; $16,904 in rental and utility assistance; and 2,461 seasonal gifts from back-to-school bags to thanksgiving food baskets to holiday gifts for kids. In the first year of a new initiative - using snap or food stamps at reston farmers market - 71 families (est. 193 individuals) spent $4,688 on healthy food purchases, of which $2,090 was in free matching money from local partners. The community building initiative, with outreach to more than 7,000 community members in 1,750 families (approximately 2,800 children) served by five community centers, provided 438 households (1,777 residents) with 3,442 instances of services, including life-skills training, healthy eating, youth development, pro bono legal advice, wellness support, and affordable housing. Form 990, part iii, line 4d, program service accomplishments:our affordable housing development, preservation, and asset management program oversees the 53 affordable units owned by our affiliate, cornerstones housing corporation, which housed 65 households and 254 individuals in fy15 and oversaw the purchase of the apartments at north point. This purchase added 48 units to our affordable housing inventory available to low to moderate income families. Connections for hope partnership is a collective effort of nonprofit, government, school and community partners providing integrated health and human services for low-income children, youth and adults. C4hp brings together community service organizations, both public and private, that have committed to share resources, services and work space in order to improve outcomes for low-income families and individuals. The housing counseling program provided foreclosure prevention counseling to 80 families, comprising 266 individuals (73 children), nearly one-third of which remained in counseling heading into fy16, while 45 families were able to successfully avoid foreclosure. Of 62 households (representing 168 individuals) receiving pre-purchase counseling, nearly all were able to significantly improve their position for making an affordable home purchase.