In masonry, a cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of a foundation, important since all other stones will be set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the entire structure. For many homeless individuals in Kelowna, Cornerstone is the point of access to the continuum of housing services available in Central Okanagan .
Cornerstone is a cold weather shelter located at 425 Leon Avenue that opened November 30th, 2017. There are currently 80+ guests that stay in Cornerstore every night.
Cornerstone provides a warm indoor environment that is open 24/7 for people of assorted circumstances, including couples and individuals with pets. Minors are referred to the Boys & Girls Club youth shelter. Before staying at Cornerstone, new arrivals have to complete an intake that reviews mutual expectations. Once an intake with staff is complete, new guests will have a mat for as long as they stay with Cornerstone. Furthermore, there is no set wake up time and no need to usher guests out of the building. Residents participate in providing regularly indoor cleaning.
Onsite services include access to multiple shelter staff, storage for belongings, access to health and wellness services, overdose prevention services, and three meals everyday. Two meals are hot meals served at noon and 4:40(ish), prepared by the Kelowna Gospel Mission.
Cornerstone works in full cooperation with the Kelowna Gospel Mission, RCMP Downtown Enforcement Team, Downtown Kelowna Association's On-Street Services, Interior Health, BC Housing, and City of Kelowna Bylaw Services to work towards building a safe downtown.
Program is funded and works in partnership with: