Supports

For individuals in the shelter, transitional housing programs and correctional housing, Cornerstone provides breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an evening snack. This translates to over 50,000 healthy meals each year. Alternate menus are provided where possible to accommodate religious or medical dietary restrictions as well as work or other suitable appointments.

These meals are served by our staff at our Simcoe Street location. As individuals congregate for the meals, it gives them a sense of community and belonging, particularly for the clients who have transitioned into single dwellings. It also provides a great opportunity for the staff to stay in touch with those that are in transitional housing. We make sure they are in good health, and progressing in the goals they have individually set for themselves. We are there to help.

 

Community Health Worker

Twice a week we have a community Health Worker from Oshawa Community Health Clinic on site to do foot care and provide basic health service

 

Physician

We have a physician on site once a week to provide medical services to clients working with Cornerstone. Narcotics are not prescribed from this service.

 

Accompanying individuals to appointments

Accessing medical or other appointments can raise anxiety for anyone. Our Community Support team can provide assistance to those finding it particularly difficult to attend appointments

 

Psychologist

There is access to an on site psychologist from the Oshawa Clinic Group twice a week for clients of Cornerstone.

 

Art therapy

Art therapy groups are held weekly. There are a variety of creative activities that not only assist with a person’s well-being but more importantly are fun.

 

Support with addiction

Cornerstone does not provide addiction services but we do refer our clients to the agency that will best suit their needs

 

Crisis supports

We are staffed 24/7 with trained staff that can assist in a crisis situation with information and other assistance

 

Community Kitchen Program

The Cornerstone Community Kitchen program teaches living skills related to food such as shopping, budgeting, cooking and menu planning. In this program small groups of participants meet weekly and practice the skills required to plan and prepare meals. Topics covered include the Canada Food Guide, budget friendly meals, menu planning, using items from the food bank, and safe handling and storage of food. The hands-on approach and ability to practice skills each week allows individuals in the kitchen program time to build confidence in their own abilities and understanding of food, which in turn leads to more knowledge and skills being used outside of the program. Another important component of the Community Kitchen program is socialization. All too often individuals who have recently experienced homelessness move into single dwellings where they may be isolated or lack suitable space or facilities to share meals with others. Coming together to prepare and enjoy a meal with a group of people gives a shared sense of accomplishment and builds a sense of community. The skills taught in this program can also help people find work in the food industry. 

 

  • Job training and education upgrades: While working in the community kitchen, individuals develop employable skills in cooking and food handling. Individuals are able to obtain employment in food services as a result of the skills developed in the Community Kitchen Program.
  • Hygiene: In the community kitchen, individuals begin to learn about hygiene, safe food handling and overall cleanliness and sanitation.
  • Budgeting and shopping: The community kitchen program assists individuals with learning how to shop on a very limited budget and still eat well, how to make the most of bargains, meal planning and other helpful tips. Through this individuals also learn about basic budgeting skills.

 

Employment consultation

Individuals can receive assistance and guidance with job searching, interview skills, resume writing and employment maintenance from our community support staff.

 

Housing search and landlord negotiation

Our staff can assist with conducting a housing search along with landlord negotiations and eviction prevention. Staff can accompany an individual meeting with a landlord and help to make those meetings more successful.

 

Eviction prevention

Cornerstone can assist with not only finding housing but keeping housing. Eviction prevention is a valuable service that has assisted many of our clients on the verge of homelessness to maintain their housing.

 

Identification replacement

Cornerstone can assist with replacing lost or stolen identification like birth certificates, social insurance cards, OHIP and other types of identification.

 

If we do not provide a service ourselves we will find out who does. Cornerstone can make referrals to other services in the community to assist with mental health issues, addictions, education, financial concerns, employment, legal issues, medical needs, food banks, etc. 

 

 

 

While housing is a basic need, Cornerstone’s history of working with the homeless has shown that in order to be successful in housing, there also needs to be supports attached to the housing.  Our tenants work with the support staff to develop a personalized support agreement, which is a reflection of their needs and dreams.  This important support agreement is a living document and is driven by change and tenants’ needs.

 

Our support staff are a key component to the tenants’ success.

They provide non-judgemental support and are able to assist the tenant and provide them with external supports to ensure their success in housing. They provide supports in several areas including discharge planning with the hospital, case management meetings, facilitation of supports with other community agencies, support with doctor’s appointments, bedbug support, support with addiction, hygiene support, teaching tenants how to cook; or how to use a bank machine. The support provided is solely driven by the tenants needs.

At times the continuum can work the opposite way. Tenants may find they are residing at one of our locations or even out in the community and are unable to live independently any longer or require more support, or medical supports. When this occurs staff and tenants work together to ensure the tenant is safe. Staff will assist the tenant in transitioning to a medical facility or a nursing home where the care they need is able to be provided. 

 

If we do not provide a service ourselves we will find out who does. Cornerstone can make referrals to other services in the community to assist with mental health issues, addictions, education, financial concerns, employment, legal issues, medical needs, food banks, etc.