The Cornerstone Family Violence Prevention Centre in Cobourg aims to increase its shelter capacity by 20 per cent, with the help of a $2,485 grant from District 30 Northumberland of RTOERO.
One of the core purposes of Cornerstone is to provide shelter to women and children affected by family violence and abuse. Their shelter capacity fell from 108% to 30% due to the implications of COVID-19 and the new guidelines it brought on for congregate living settings.
To recover from the pandemic’s impact, the shelter has had to undergo renovations to enhance infection prevention measures. A critical piece in the plan is upgrading the kitchen to have space for clients that’s separate from the chef.
Cornerstone received grant funds for this project from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Fellowship Baptist Church in Cobourg, but it wasn’t enough to complete all the necessary changes. The District 30 funds are going to purchase a new dishwasher, microwave range hood, and sets of pots and pans for the renovated kitchen space.
The funding is part of RTOERO’s annual Community Grants program. Districts apply for individual projects (education-related or other community initiatives) that support local programs. Up to $2,500 per project is available.
Since 1968, RTOERO has been a voice for those who work in and retire from the education sector. Our mission is to improve the lives of our members and seniors.
“Kitchens are central spaces in any home, a place where people can come together to connect, share experiences, and bond. This project creates opportunities for the community’s most vulnerable individuals to find safety, support and hope for the future,” says Mark Fallis, president, District 30 Northumberland.
Each year, a committee of RTOERO members assesses the merits of each Grant submission. For 2021, RTOERO funded 31 projects for a total of $79,885. Since the inception of the Community Grants program 21 years ago, RTOERO has donated $1.85 million to more than 525 programs and projects.
“RTOERO members care about their communities and serve them every day,” says Rich Prophet, the chair of the board at RTOERO. “The Community Grants program encourages all of our districts to support and partner with outside organizations, and to give back.”
District 30 Northumberland plays a key role in helping members stay active and connected, with each other and the community.