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3 Things to Know About Our Recent Merger

Safe children and strong families create healthy communities. When it comes to achieving this goal, we are better together. That is why our founding agencies (Gillis, Healthy Families, Marillac, Ozanam, and Spofford) partnered together nearly 20 years ago. That, plus the desire to do even more, is why we fully merged on January 1 into one organization — Cornerstones of Care.

1. Our mission and values remain the same.

Our mission of "providing an array of quality prevention, treatment and support services for children and families", and our vision of "helping the children and families we serve to achieve health, happiness, confidence, competence and self-sufficiency" remain the same. By combining our efforts, we are able to take our collective mission and vision one step further to provide an even greater impact to the children, young adults and families in our surrounding communities. 

2. Our operational structure and branding identity may look a little different. 

As we consolidate each individual agency into Cornerstone of Care, you might notice our structure and branding identity altering to match the Cornerstones of Care brand. Each location has a long-legacy of serving children and families in the surrounding areas. Today, their expertise and historical significance are honored through the Cornerstones of Care name, and their individual names have been preserved in the form of campus locations within one Cornerstones of Care organization. Learn more about each campuses history here

We have also selected new members for the Cornerstones of Care Board and Foundation Board of Directors to help guide our united organization into the future. They bring a strong commitment to ff, the diverse experience of having served on one of our previous agency boards, plus a willingness to partner closely with staff leaders to guide our united organization into the future. Get to know our board members here

3. Our programs have integrated to better serve our communities. 

Many of the children and families we serve have experienced significant trauma or adversity, which can potentially lead to poor mental or physical health, unemployment and poverty, incarceration, or repeating cycles of abuse or neglect. As one organization, we will invest in expanding trauma-informed interventions to ensure that more children, families, and communities have the resources they need to be safe and healthy. Together, we can offer more healing and support to those in need while leveraging one voice as an advocate for positive change. Currently, we have 36 programs, with plans to expand and evolve in 2017 to better serve our communities. 

 Have more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, or contact Sara Gardner, Chief Development Officer at 816-508-1704 or sara.gardner@cornerstonesofcare.org