Cornerstone Collaborates With Wedgwood Christian Services
During Cornerstone University’s upcoming Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Alumni Association is collaborating with Wedgwood Christian Services, a Christian agency dedicated to helping hurting teens, children and families in our community who have experienced severe abuse, neglect or trauma. Members of the CU community are encouraged to donate personal hygiene items such as soap, toothpaste, shampoo or deodorant, which Wedgwood will provide to members in its community.
Wedgwood focuses on a few key areas of support for the hurting youth and families in their care: residential treatment, education services and community programs (Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Outpatient Counseling, Autism Center for Child Development, etc.). Wedgwood’s Transforming Services are additional programs that are not funded through the government but are vital in order to provide holistic care for those within the organization. Wedgwood’s Transforming Services include Young Life/Chaplaincy, Wellness/Recreation, Employee Training Program, Prevention and Manasseh Project Outreach.
CU alumna Kori Thompson (M.B.A. ’17) works as an Advancement Officer for Wedgwood, completing grant proposals and organizing fund development programs.
“At the heart of both Cornerstone and Wedgwood is our Christ-centeredness, and that’s something that we are both very proud of,” Thompson shared. “Another interesting connection is that community is mentioned in both the mission statement of Wedgwood and Cornerstone. At Cornerstone, the community is empowering people to go out into the world and make a difference, and at Wedgwood, we are empowering people to overcome the obstacles that they face in order to be able to live productive and secure lives.”
Dennis Graham (M.B.A. ’12), director of alumni relations at Cornerstone, expressed his excitement for the collaboration.
“This is a unique and meaningful opportunity for us as a CU community partner with Wedgwood Christian Services,” Graham said. “As followers of Christ, we are called to serve others, and this provides an opportunity to impact others in a critical and tangible way.”
Alumni and community members alike are invited to be a part of this initiative during Homecoming.
“I’m proud that my alma mater is incorporating this into Homecoming weekend,” Thompson expressed. “Not all colleges would take an opportunity like this to identify a need in the community and fill it. So many of our children and teens at Wedgwood go unnoticed, but by partnering with Cornerstone, we’re showing them that there is somebody out in the community who is thinking of them.”
If you want to learn more about Wedgwood, Thompson recommends touring the Wedgwood campus, volunteering as a lunch buddy for students in the residential homes or donating resources.