Nothing attacks one’s dignity like a lack of work! We seek to address the issues surrounding unemployment or underemployment that are pervasive in our comunity. Collaboration with local businesses and the creation of initiatives that focus on work readiness skills, workplace mentoring, and eventual job placement are key to the success of our community.
Jobs and Education alone can not address the issues that are most fundamental to the human condition. They are secondary to the main mission of CornerStone.
Individuals relationships with Christ first, then with themselves, others, and with their community are central to the mission of CornerStone. Having the privilege to facilitate and enrich those relationships is a gift that we pray we steward well.
Many individuals desire support in discovering educational opportunities that don’t leave them in debt but, instead lead to strong employment options. Others dream of obtaining their GED’s . CornerStone seeks to promote opporutnities where these dreams can be realized within an encouraging and supportive enviroment that recognizes the “whole” individual.
Dr. Robert Lupton, of Focused Community Strategies shared at the 2014 and 2016 C4 Conferences.
“The poor, no matter how destitute, have enormous untapped capacity; find it, be inspired by it, and build upon it.” – Dr. Lupton, Toxic Charity
Active Board Members
When Helping Hurts
Members of the Westside Community, Ron and Luis have risen up as leaders who sacrificially give of themselves to “be the change they want to see” on their streets!
Dr. John Perkins
Huntsville Housing Authority has been generous to partner in our yearly conference, share meeting space for neighborhood meetings and Jobs for Life classes, and lend wisdom through their experienced staff. Councilman Devyn Keith was not only one of our Conference Panelists, but is also one of Westside’s most amazing assets.
Community Partnerships: District 1 Councilman and Huntsville Housing Authority
Board of Directors
Caring for Neighbors
After successful completion of the Jobs for Life class, it is our goal to continue in that process and create opportunities for graduates to secure employment that brings them fulfillment while financially sustaining their families. For this very purpose, the Jobs For Life Business Network was formed.
This initiative is a network of individuals who use their sphere of influence to connect employers to potential employees. Sometimes a candidate just needs someone to CONSIDER their resume, regardless of limited experience or education, knowing that they are serious about work.
The JFL Business network is committed to finding employers who will do just that.
Connect with the Director of our Business Network to learn more. Contact Glenn Turner
Neighborhood Conversations are held on a quarterly basis. One of the goals of these gatherings is to raise up community leaders who take ownership of the development and growth of their own street. These meeting are neighbor planned and neighbor hosted and led.
Neighbors get to know each other while working together to improve their community.
Neighborhood Celebrations are held in early November of each year. The day begins with neighbors from the community holding individual yard sales and then coming together in the evening for a community wide picnic.
Being the connection point between the city and residents. Assisting them so that their voices are heard and resources are available.
There are “soft skills” classes in almost every community in America, teaching interviewing and resume writing skills. However, what sets Jobs for Life apart from those classes are three major factors: (1) Biblical Approach. JFL classes are taught using Biblical principles and even stories from scripture. At the core of every lesson is the concept that you have value and worth simply because you were created in the image of God. Your worth is not defined by your work, but God created us “for” good work. Students of JFL learn to consider their God-given skills and talents when seeking employment. (2) Champions. JFL partners each student with a trained “Champion” who serves simply as a cheerleader for their student. They attend class with their student, often go out for lunch or meet for coffee with their student, and always encourage their student to complete assignments and do their best.
This relationship not only continues for the 8 week class, but is encouraged to continue for at least one year. (3) Community. Each of the 16 classes starts with a home-made, family style meal. Students, champions, instructors and volunteers all sit down and eat together, laugh and talk about their day before class begins. A strong sense of community is formed and lasting friendships are established.
Connect with Melonie Gurley to find out how to be a part of JFL.