Here is a short list of
some of the organizations
that we partner and connect with:
How can we bring brighter futures to poor, at-risk children? One undisputed answer is education… especially education in an atmosphere of stability and caring.
Just 7 years ago, Grace Place began in the heart of Golden Gate City. It was the inspiration of five local Methodist churches. One of the churches was Cornerstone United Methodist. Consequently, the tie between Grace Place and Cornerstone is especially strong.
Located just west of affluent Naples-on-the-Bay, Golden Gate City houses many of the area’s working poor. They are low income workers employed in our hospitals, restaurants, lawn care businesses, and hotels. Over 90% of these families do not speak English as their primary language. As a result, their children often have limited English and few educational resources.
At Grace Place, grace falls on the giver and the receiver.
The key to its success is the daily interaction with children and talented volunteers. And many volunteers have discovered talents in the presence of these enthusiastic children. They are sponges. You can bring them water.
Many choices exist for the volunteers. For example, the Food Pantry is open every Friday. You can help sort food or give out groceries. Or in the morning, the younger children might need you to read a story. After school is a prime time to help meet educational goals. In addition, many of these children have limited places to go before their parents come home from work. Grace Place is a safe, directed environment so valued by the children and their parents. It’s just what is needed and more.
“ALMOST ANYTIME IS A GOOD TIME”
Cornerstone is committed to the work of Habitat for Humanity. The first Saturday of every month a team departs from the church at 7:30 a.m. to help work on Habitat homes. Several of our church members and our resident Deacon Lisa Lefkow work at Habitat for Humanity. Habitat provides housing for low income families, giving them a place to call home and a new beginning as a first time home owner.
The United Methodist Church has a long standing relationship with reaching out and offering support and care for children and families. The Florida United Methodist Children’s Home, located in Enterprise, FL, is a place for children to come, live, be nurtured and encouraged in faith. Most of these children come from severely dysfunctional families or broken homes. The Children’s Home is a place of second chances and healing. Every fifth Sunday, Cornerstone takes up a love offering to help support the ministries of the United Methodist Children’s Home. We are proud to be partners in this very important ministry.
Arroyo Blanco Methodist Church, Cuba
Cornerstone has a sister church in Cuba. We have been in this relationship of prayer and fellowship for over 10 years. During that time Cornerstone has sent over 5 fellowship teams to Cuba. Our brothers and sisters in Cuba are passionate about Jesus Christ and together we commit ourselves to pray for one another and the good things God is doing in our midst. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church is in a covenant relationship with the Methodist Church in Cuba. Several years ago we even had the opportunity to bring the pastor of our sister church to Cornerstone. It is always a joy to spend time with our brothers and sisters and we are committed to pray for each other and fellowship through letters, email and hopefully more visits in the near future.
The Southwest District of the United Methodist Church is launching a new campus ministry at FGCU. In the next few months the District will be hiring a new campus minister and inviting all the District churches to support our outreach to the college students attending FGCU. Cornerstone will be a vital part of that ministry.
Cornerstone supports the efforts of UMCOR to provide humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own. UMCOR spends 100 percent of designated donations on the projects their donors specify. When UMCOR donors give their time, money, and supplies, they join UMCOR as the hands and feet of Christ.
There are 2.5 million orphans in Kenya and over 25,000 of those are in Naivasha, estimates UNICEF. Panua is the Swahili word for “expand.” Panua Partners in Hope operates in Naivasha, Kenya, located in the Rift Valley Province, northwest of Nairobi. Our work builds relationships with Naivasha’s most vulnerable orphans and youth to help expand their opportunities for a future full of hope.
Children continue to suffer the loss of one or both of their parents as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. When this happens, the burden of care falls to elderly family members and the oldest sibling left behind—all of them trapped in poverty. Panua Partners in Hope is a comprehensive program embracing the well-being of the whole child. This three-year program transforms lives of youth-led families by empowering them with food and housing security, emotional and spiritual well-being, health and hygiene, legal support, education and vocational training, and entrepreneurship.
Panua Partners in Hope seeks to move these vulnerable, broken children and youth from desperation and grief to a productive life of hope.
B.A.S.I.C.S. stands for Brothers & Sisters in Common Spirit. Their Mission is to bring some joy to a neighbor’s life in any way they can. They may paint a house, plant a garden, fix your car or something else around your house. Maybe just a friendly visit. Whatever it might be to bring some joy.
Other Cornerstone Mission Connections
Salvation Army Christmas Gift Program
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
St. Matthews House
Friendship House Immokalee
Disaster Response Teams