Programs & Services

Cornerstone, a place where hope grows…

Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre (Cornerstone) provides accessible, compassionate programs and services that are grounded in research and are best-practice modeled. Our services provide a range of options, helping women access the right kind of support at the right time in their journey. All services are free, confidential, women-centred, inclusive, and accepting. All women-identified individuals are welcome in our spaces, including cis and transwomen.

Cornerstone Connect
Violence can occur at any moment so Cornerstone is available around the clock. Our text or online chat portal are monitored and answered by skilled and understanding staff ready to provide support and resources when women, children, and youth need it most. Available everyday between 6 PM and 6AM.

Our shelter provides a safe home-away-from-home feeling while women and families are supported in planning their next steps. Skilled staff are available 24-hours a day to ensure women have the comforts of home they need, as well as counselling, information and connections to local resources. Our coordinated approach connects women with counsellors for themselves and their children, and housing support workers.

Community Services
At Cornerstone support goes beyond shelter. We help to empower women to thrive through community programming.  Women, children and youth have the opportunity to access transformative programs that teach coping strategies, safety planning, or provide access to court support.

The Counselling Corner with Cornerstone FVPC is a podcast hosted by two professional counsellors, Christina and Lee-Ann. The podcast features discussions, strategy sharing for coping mechanisms, and helpful tips on a variety of topics surrounding healthy relationships, mental health, self-improvement, and wellness. Listen in the second Monday of each month online here.

As an organization, we feel it is important to make a commitment to preventing future family violence. It is Cornerstone’s goal to take action to prevent problems before they occur by implementing a primary prevention approach to address family and gender-based violence.

Housing Services
Cornerstone recognizes housing can be a barrier for women escaping violence. We also know housing and homelessness is an issue local families deal with. At Cornerstone we want to ensure everyone has a safe, affordable place to live so we work with women and families to secure and maintain housing.

Cornerstone is home to THRIVE, a free and confidential drop in service offered one morning a week for women 16+ impacted by violence. This hub creates a one stop access point for women by bringing community organizations under one roof, with access and support to a multitude of others.

Elder Abuse
Northumberland Elder Abuse Resource Network (NEARN) was created in the Spring of 2006 to facilitate the planning and coordination of services related to elder abuse prevention in Northumberland County and to provide education and awareness about Elder Abuse in the community.

Cornerstone is committed to delivering high-quality services grounded in research and best practices. When interacting with clients we have always embraced 5 key guiding principles and systems of thought and have integrated them across the organization.

We strive to provide resources, tools and information that can help women when making decisions and pursuing personal goals. We also wish to provide those supporting survivors or victims of abuse with ample resources to do so safely.

Seeking support can be challenging. Take the fear out of the unknown by reviewing our frequently asked questions.

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