About

Cornerstone, a place where hope grows…

Established in 1983, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre (Cornerstone) is an accredited violence against women agency working to break the cycle of family violence by providing accessible, compassionate, and best practice modeled programs and services inclusive of shelter, counselling, housing support, and prevention. Our services provide a range of options and entry points, helping women gain the right kind of support at the right time in their journey. All services are free, confidential, woman-centred, inclusive, and accepting. All woman-identified individuals are welcome in all of our spaces, including cis and transwomen.

Our Story
Cornerstone’s story is one of necessity and resilience. Our story begins over 35 years ago when 5 women got a community to come together to end violence against women.

Mission, Vision, Values
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is breaking the cycle of family violence by providing immediate shelter, counselling and prevention services throughout Northumberland County.

Accreditation
At Cornerstone we take pride in providing quality programs and services to our community and hold ourselves accountable to maintain a high standard of service delivery. Starting this journey in 2014, we undergo a review process every four years to solidify this standard to maintain our status as an accredited organization with FOCUS Accreditation.

Board of Directors
Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that is committed to ending the cycle of family violence in Northumberland County.

News & Publications
Stay up to date with Cornerstone by reviewing our strategic plan, impact reports, audited financial statements, or newsletters.

Cornerstone is committed to advocating and advancing our mission on a local, provincial and national scale to help in the global pursuit to end violence against women and girls. Thus, Cornerstone is a member Agency of the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses and Women’s Shelters Canada.

Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
OAITH is a coalition of first stage emergency women’s shelters, 2nd stage housing organizations and community-based women organizations who work towards ending violence against all women that Cornerstone is a part of. OAITH works towards ending all forms of gender-based violence and oppression through advocacy, education, government relations, and research and training.

Women’s Shelters Canada (WSC)
WSC is a national, collaborative voice for change. They provide a strong, unified, pan-Canadian voice on the issue of violence against women. They help increase awareness to ensure policies, legislation and regulations are informed by the experiences and insights of members, the provincial and territorial shelter networks. They create opportunities to exchange ideas, learn from one another and share resources; connect knowledgeable and dedicated individuals from coast to coast to coast, so that new ideas are born; ensure best practices are promoted and transferred and those who work in this challenging field feel more connected and more supported. All of this helps to ensure the women and children who turn to shelters and transition houses receive the most effective and compassionate support possible.

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