Cornerstone Launches New Virtual Supports for the Community

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Northumberland County – Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre (Cornerstone) has launched 2 new virtual supports, Cornerstone Connect and the Counselling Corner Podcast, to
provide ongoing access to service despite closures and physical distancing limitations of the pandemic, eliminating barriers and increasing access points to programming.

Previously launched in June of 2020, Cornerstone Connect is an online extension of Cornerstone’s support line. Cornerstone Connect is now available from 6pm to 6am every day of
the week, and can be accessed via online webchat at, or via text message at 289-210-4774.

“Cornerstone Connect was born out of necessity. When individuals are trapped at home with their abuser due to the ongoing pandemic and are not able to pick up the phone and call due to
lack of safety and privacy, an alternative method is needed,” says Nancy Johnston, ExecutiveDirector of Cornerstone. “Thus Cornerstone Connect was launched. We believe this is an
invaluable addition to Cornerstone’s programming and have shifted and extended our hours so that we can create additional opportunities for women and youth who need our support to
access us,” Johnson adds.

Additionally, Cornerstone has created Counselling Corner with Cornerstone FVPC, a new podcast hosted by two staff in the community services department Launching on Monday, January 11th.
Counselling Corner is a podcast with the intent of opening up conversations about daily life and daily stressors. Community Counsellor Christina, and Child and Youth Community Counsellor
Lee-Ann explore monthly topics related to very real human experiences.

“With COVID-19 came new barriers we have not had to navigate before,” says Manager of Community Services, Christina Colacicco. “Creating a podcast gives us a new avenue for service
delivery, a broader reach throughout the community, and a unique way to eliminate barriers to accessing service in our current state of the pandemic. The Counselling Corner is a great listen
for the entire community, but is also a way for clients to engage in additional services,” Colacicco adds.

About Cornerstone Connect:
• Text and online chat service available 7 days a week between 6pm and 6am.
• Safe, encrypted technology ensures conversations are confidential and secure.
• Trained counsellors provide advice, referrals and support.
Cornerstone Connect – Text (289) 210-4774
Chat online
About The Counselling Corner with Cornerstone FVPC Podcast
• New episodes are posted on the second Monday of each month
• The first three episodes will be available on Monday, January 11th
• The podcast can be accessed on Spotify, Anchor, or Cornerstone’s website
• Trained counsellors discuss relevant issues, provide advice, referrals and support

Cornerstone is encouraging everyone to spread the word about these valuable tools. “Some of our friends and neighbours are living with abuse in their homes and the community.
Cornerstone Connect and The Counselling Corner with Cornerstone FVPC provide a secure, supportive way to reach out for help and advice. Now, more than ever, we need to look out for
one another,” says Johnston.
Established in 1983, Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre has been providing vital services to women and children fleeing domestic violence situations, helping to break the cycle
of family violence by providing immediate shelter, counselling and prevention services throughout Northumberland County. Together we are a community committed to healthy,
respectful relationships free from family violence, dedicated to creating a place where hope grows. Cornerstone offers a variety of services and encourages you to explore them at our

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