Cornerstone STL

Cornerstone STL Cornerstone is a mercy ministry that provides housing to 39 low-income families in St. Louis, Missouri. Cornerstone operates 39 units of housing in rehabbed historic brick buildings in St.
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Louis' West End. A volunteer board and a small staff keep our expenses low; we use donations and volunteer labor for new projects.

Mission: For the glory of God, we rebuild the West End community one block—and one life—at a time. We do this for and with * tenants, by providing supportive affordable rental housing with personalized management; * neighbors, by collaborating with other organizations to be a catalyst for thriving communities; * neighborhoods, by restoring and maintaining properties that could otherwise become blighted; * volunteers, by providing opportunities for joyful service in grace and in truth.

Operating as usual

04/29/2020

Hello, Neighbors!

Just a month ago, the West End planning process was scheduled to present the West End Aspirational Survey results. However, due to the current Stay Home order, we are taking precautions but also planning for the time of which we may resume some sense of normalcy.

In the interim, Cornerstone is looking to gauge the impact of the Coronavirus on the West End community. As the Executive Director of Cornerstone Community Development Corporation (CDC), my goal is to understand the impact and needs of our community as a result of the pandemic. Thereafter, collaborate with colleagues in the West End to serve and support neighbors.

Why?
It's simple. There's a ton of resources available and as well as underway. In order to intentionally connect these resources with households, it is imperative to first ASK, ALIGN, and then ACT.

Results will be shared amongst West End groups (Alderpersons, CDC, Associations, and etc) so that as a collective, we may reach the needs of our community.

Please consider completing and sharing the attached survey no later than May 6, 2020. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/westendneedsCOVID19

Thank you,

Keaira Anderson
Wife. Mom. Neighbor
Cornerstone CDC

Happy Census Day, everyone! Special thanks to @stlpromisezone for today’s reminder! In the midst of the Stay Hole order,...
04/01/2020

Happy Census Day, everyone! Special thanks to @stlpromisezone for today’s reminder! In the midst of the Stay Hole order, let’s remember to make our COUNT at https://my2020census.gov

Be sure to tune in this evening. https://bit.ly/33WuZn5In the meantime, don’t forget to check on your neighbors. Especia...
03/31/2020

Be sure to tune in this evening. https://bit.ly/33WuZn5

In the meantime, don’t forget to check on your neighbors. Especially the elderly.

Check out the Cornerstone website on Friday for a list of resources that are essential during the Stay-In Order.
#CornerstoneCDC #WestEnd #Community

Just three hours away!
12/12/2019

Just three hours away!

Looking forward to the West End’s Developer Showcase. We hope to see you this evening!
12/12/2019

Looking forward to the West End’s Developer Showcase. We hope to see you this evening!

Interested in learning about current developments in the West End? Join us on Thursday at 6:30 pm for updates and Q&A.
12/06/2019

Interested in learning about current developments in the West End? Join us on Thursday at 6:30 pm for updates and Q&A.

Join us on tomorrow for an opportunity to learn about the Page Revitalization Initiative. #Neighbors #Outreach #BFL #Wes...
12/02/2019

Join us on tomorrow for an opportunity to learn about the Page Revitalization Initiative. #Neighbors #Outreach #BFL #WestEnd

Cornerstone presents the West End Developer’s Showcase. See you there!
11/25/2019

Cornerstone presents the West End Developer’s Showcase. See you there!

August 20th, Community Report Out. Meet us there! #WestEndPlan #westendplan.org
07/31/2019

August 20th, Community Report Out.

Meet us there! #WestEndPlan #westendplan.org

Hosted a Listening Session on yesterday. The stories, experiences, hopes, and dreams shared by West End residents were s...
07/31/2019

Hosted a Listening Session on yesterday. The stories, experiences, hopes, and dreams shared by West End residents were so encouraging and enlightening! Next Public Meeting: August 20th. (Third Tuesdays of the month). #WestEndPlan #westendplan.org @ West End, St. Louis

‪West End Plan’s Listening Session‬‪See everyone this afternoon at 6:30! ‬Come out and share your lived and visiting exp...
07/30/2019

‪West End Plan’s Listening Session‬
‪See everyone this afternoon at 6:30! ‬
Come out and share your lived and visiting experiences in the West End neighborhood.

Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC
07/27/2019
Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC

Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC

Last week, we facilitated a meeting between Cornerstone STL and MoCaFi to get tenants set up for rent reporting. By opting in to rent reporting, Cornerstone tenants' monthly rent payments are reported to Equifax, meaning that on time rental payments can help renters build credit.

We partnered with MoCaFi so that the tenants that come through HomeScreen, our screening service can use this tool to their economic mobility. Although housing is most American’s largest monthly payment, primarily only mortgage holders get to use that payment to build their credit score. MoCaFi provides the Cornerstone tenants that same opportunity.

Read more about this exciting partnership here:

https://www.towergrovecdc.org/news/2019/7/26/tgncdcs-homescreen-tenant-screening-program-helps-cornerstone-corporation-tenants-register-for-rent-reporting

Photos from the Cornerstone Annual Retreat, June 2019. How Replenishing and Informative! Goals: 1. To be enlightened on ...
07/01/2019

Photos from the Cornerstone Annual Retreat, June 2019. How Replenishing and Informative! Goals: 1. To be enlightened on what a CDC is and how it serves. 2. Discuss future in housing development. 3. Begin conversations on how to apply a racial equity lens on our work. 4. Assess the current status and progress of the organization’s Strategic Plan.

Thank you to our staff, volunteers, board members and topic experts for making the 2019 Annual Retreat a great one!

Just a few hours away! Neighborhoods are always changing. Come out and be apart of guiding the vision for the West End a...
06/25/2019

Just a few hours away!

Neighborhoods are always changing. Come out and be apart of guiding the vision for the West End and Visitation Park neighborhood! Here’s a space to share your concerns, desires, and opportunities for the West End.

#WestEnd #WestSide
Neighborhood Boundaries: Skinker, Page, Union, and Delmar
Learn more at westendplan.org

We are soooo excited about our new neighbor, The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum @ MADE St. Louis offering a nu...
06/20/2019

We are soooo excited about our new neighbor, The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum @ MADE St. Louis offering a number of opportunities for youth Makers, Artists, Designers, and Entrepreneurs! Looking forward to Cornerstone and West End residents exploring the new location at 5127 Delmar! #TomorrowMakesTwoWeeks

Really enjoyed ourselves at today’s Juneteenth Celebration. Check out the photos! #Community #WestEnd #WestCity #WestEnd...
06/15/2019

Really enjoyed ourselves at today’s Juneteenth Celebration. Check out the photos! #Community #WestEnd #WestCity #WestEndPlan #HousingW/aTwist westendplan.org

Two hours to go! Join us in the West End as we gather for the first activity kicking off the engagement for the West End...
06/01/2019

Two hours to go! Join us in the West End as we gather for the first activity kicking off the engagement for the West End Plan. Today, 9:30AM at 789 Belt Avenue.

Resident Ice Cream Social! What a blast. #HousingAsAtool #Friday’sFun #Family #IceCream
05/25/2019

Resident Ice Cream Social! What a blast. #HousingAsAtool #Friday’sFun #Family #IceCream

Hey friends, here’s a fun opportunity to get involved in our neighborhood. If you are 18+ with a smart phone/tablet, joi...
05/21/2019
Parcel Surveying Day! - West End Plan

Hey friends, here’s a fun opportunity to get involved in our neighborhood. If you are 18+ with a smart phone/tablet, join us as we assess what’s currently in our neighborhood. Grab your friends, church groups, and family! Be sure to rsvp for food! https://westendplan.org/event/parcel-surveying-day/

What is this? As part of a community planning effort in the West End and Visitation Park, a survey of …

Etzel Beautification Day! Supported on this day by the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Cohort 13. Thanks Lucky...
05/16/2019

Etzel Beautification Day! Supported on this day by the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative’s Cohort 13. Thanks Lucky13. We were 1/3 sites selected and are beyond grateful. #AffordableHousingAsAtool #ServiceDay #WestEnd

Attended St. Ferdinand Homes II Grand Opening today! #TheVille #HousingAsAtool #NorthsideCommunityHousing #CommunityShou...
05/15/2019

Attended St. Ferdinand Homes II Grand Opening today! #TheVille #HousingAsAtool #NorthsideCommunityHousing #CommunityShoutOut

What an opportunity.....Sharing our vision at the Edward Jones Charity EXPO. Simply leveraging housing as a tool to buil...
05/15/2019

What an opportunity.....Sharing our vision at the Edward Jones Charity EXPO. Simply leveraging housing as a tool to build self sufficiency. Say hello to one of our amazing board members, Paul! #EdwardJones #EXPO #HousingAsAtool

Building upon talent and commitment! On Saturday, residents of the West End gathered to connect and discuss next steps p...
05/13/2019

Building upon talent and commitment! On Saturday, residents of the West End gathered to connect and discuss next steps pertaining to the West End plan. Together, our neighborhood will surpass its vision for a thriving and inclusive community. Insuring that residents are informed and driving the process is key. Cheers to the future that does include the voices of neighbors who are typically not at the table! #WeAllLiveHere #MoreToCome #BuildingBlocks #StandingOnTheShouldersOfWestEndGiants #WestEnd #WestCity #WestSide

05/10/2019

Less than 24hrs away and 15 West End residents will convene for the West End Steering Committee Orientation/Retreat! Embarking upon an intentional comprehensive planning process aligned to be recognized by the City of St. Louis.

Next step....West End Planning Public Kickoff meeting. Date TBD. Cross your fingers for June, 2019!

**Follow Cornerstone as we invest in our residents and neighborhood.**
#ImpactingGenerations #HousingAsaTool #CapacityBuilding #Commitment #WestEnd #WestCity #WestSide

West End residents at Young at Art, St. Louis ArtWorks!
05/03/2019

West End residents at Young at Art, St. Louis ArtWorks!

‪Support us as we change our service approach to capacity building for our residents, West End community, and organizati...
05/01/2019

‪Support us as we change our service approach to capacity building for our residents, West End community, and organization! #TodayOnly #24HoursOfOnlineGiving #AffordableHousingAsAtool #WestEnd ‬ givestlday.org/cornerstonestl

Huge thanks to our local service providers! Many within walking distance, for our residents to take advantage of career ...
04/27/2019

Huge thanks to our local service providers! Many within walking distance, for our residents to take advantage of career building and money management opportunities. Family and Workforce Centers of America Prosperity Connection Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Operation Food Search @People’s and @RAMAlogistics #Community #Build #SelfSufficiency #CareerOpps #EmploymentOpps #JobTrainingOpps #MoneyManagement #AffordableHousingAsAtool

‪Great conversation this week with @TowerGroveCDC  They offer a credit building opportunity for residents who are rentin...
04/26/2019

‪Great conversation this week with @TowerGroveCDC They offer a credit building opportunity for residents who are renting! Simply by enrolling in Home Screen, families are able to have their payments reported to the credit bureau. #LetsTalkAboutCapacityBuilding‬

21 Days away from our next service day and only 6 days away from Give STL Day! Schedule your donation of any size today ...
04/25/2019
Cornerstone Corporation

21 Days away from our next service day and only 6 days away from Give STL Day! Schedule your donation of any size today by visiting
https://www.givestlday.org/cornerstonestl

OUR MISSION Cornerstone Corporation is a Christian Community Development Corporation (CCDC) that provides an equitable opportunity for quality, affordable housing to those who would otherwise not have it; empowers constituents to grow their capacity to achieve their life goal...

11:00AM session: Anti-Displacement in Communities of Color. #PeopleandPlaces2019conference #Affordability #HousingPolicy...
04/17/2019

11:00AM session: Anti-Displacement in Communities of Color. #PeopleandPlaces2019conference #Affordability #HousingPolicy #GrassrootOrgs

16 days away from Give STL Day and 16 days away from welcoming our newest Cornerstone Family! Check out this 3 bedroom u...
04/15/2019

16 days away from Give STL Day and 16 days away from welcoming our newest Cornerstone Family! Check out this 3 bedroom unit in the West End. $490 a month allowing the family the space and mental drive to focus on obtaining their next level of capacity. Yes, our rents are low and yes, we’ve recently committed ourselves to serving with a Capacity Building approach. #BeIntentional #BuildCapacity #TapIntoTheGodGivenAbility #HousingAsAtool

We are excited to share with you, fruit of our service as we invest in our residents, the quality of our housing, and ou...
04/12/2019

We are excited to share with you, fruit of our service as we invest in our residents, the quality of our housing, and our West End Community. Take a look at this one bedroom. $400 a month simply so that our new resident can focus on accomplishing other goals. Building capacity for our families is key to our future! #NewStaff #IncreasedQuality #Intentionality God provides!

Happy 35th Birthday Gateway Greening!
04/09/2019

Happy 35th Birthday Gateway Greening!

Attending a First Time Homebuyers workshop. Guests are USA Mortgage, Justine Peterson, MHDC, VA, Beyond Housing, and Pil...
04/05/2019

Attending a First Time Homebuyers workshop. Guests are USA Mortgage, Justine Peterson, MHDC, VA, Beyond Housing, and Pillar To Post Home Inspections. Looking forward to learning more so that in return, we can share more with our Cornerstone and West End residents . #StrivingForSelfSufficiency #HomeSweetHome

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