Cornerstone, a place where hope grows…
Established in 1983, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre (Cornerstone) is an accredited violence against women agency working to end gender-based violence by providing accessible, compassionate, and best practice modeled programs and services inclusive of shelter, counselling, housing support, and prevention through a support system that inspires hope, creates safety, and fosters resilience. 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-centered, inclusive, and accepting. All woman-identified individuals are welcome in all our spaces, including cis and trans–women.
Cornerstone is a place where hope grows. With our support, women, children and youth find safety, compassion, and have the opportunity to rebuild their strength and resilience. We inspire connection and transform lives. In the coming three years, we are committed to the following three strategic priorities…
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.
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.
Cornerstone’s Land Acknowledgement
Cornerstone respectfully acknowledges that we reside in the treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations. Cornerstone recognizes its responsibility and the importance of acknowledging the land we reside on to respect and honour the territory, treaties, original occupants, and the historic connection they have with the territory.
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, we acknowledge both the historical and current violence and injustices inflicted on Indigenous peoples, including the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
We as individuals and as an organization are committed to continuing self-reflection, learning, and ongoing advocacy for systemic change.