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Getting Out and About
Cornerstone has launched an innovative new day program, located at a former agency residence in Will County. The program provides individualized programming for a small number of individuals with complex psychiatric and behavioral needs. The smaller, more intimate environment of a house allows for an enriching, supportive environment, where staff emphasize choice and community involvement.

"We believe that this program will allow individuals with more specialized needs to overcome some of their obstacles and enjoy fulfilling and productive days," said Vicky Pellettiere, director of behavioral services at Cornerstone.
The agency currently operates several other day programs in Joliet and Kankakee, which offer a combination of training and social activities. These programs are in larger buildings and classes are generally in larger groups. By comparison, the new program serves six individuals each day, with a minimum of four Cornerstone staff on hand at any time.

The specific structure and schedule of the program can vary for each individual, and is determined by specific needs and desires. Getting out and exploring the community is a priority, but the location also offers spaces that cater to many interests of the participants, such as art, reading, and music, as well as vocational skills training.

And, they've been busy. Program participants have taken trips to amusement parks, water parks, museums, and have begun an agency-wide effort to collect and recycle aluminum cans.

The idea for a new, smaller program began in Cornerstone's behavioral services department, where staff have worked for many years with individuals who attend larger agency day programs and have shown through various behaviors that they may benefit from a smaller setting, where they are free to choose activities that suit them.

"We're very excited about this new program," said Cornerstone Vice-President/Chief Operating Officer Don Hespell, "because it provides a unique opportunity for both program participants and staff to grow."

Looking Forward at Cornerstone
A new three-year strategic plan was unveiled by Cornerstone this summer. The plan was developed with the assistance of FourSight, LLC, an "innovation company, dedicated to the science of good thinking." Working with agency staff across departments, the FourSight consultants helped Cornerstone identify five main strategic initiatives to focus on for the next three years: Hire and Retain Staff, Build Brand Awareness, Expand Funding Sources, Excellent Internal Communication, and Greater Client Independence.

The plan was initiated with a series of one-on-one interviews with Cornerstone's executives and directors, as well as funders, state officials, guardians, clients and members of the community. Later, focus groups with front line staff from across the organization met to give their own input. Committees are now meeting regularly to put each strategic initiative into action, with the hope of making each initiative a reality within three years.

The plan envisions a future Cornerstone that offers the following qualities:

The staff, people served and the surrounding community are proud to be associated with Cornerstone.

It is a highly-desirable workplace, because it continues to revolutionize how services are delivered to people with disabilities. Employees feel they are valued, appreciated and a part of a high performing team.

A connected open work environment is embraced allowing for effective communication across the organization and empowering employees to help the people served achieve their potential.
People served at Cornerstone are inspired to direct the course of their own lives.

Together, staff members collaborate to offer compassionate person-centered experiences, enriching everyone's lives.
Cornerstone is less dependent on public funding by increasing its community outreach both locally and nationally to establish new partnerships with foundations and generous individuals.

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Cornerstone is an Illinois-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), fully licensed by local, state, and federal agencies and is accredited by CARF, The Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission.
The agency accepts Medicaid and private insurance. Cornerstone is a member agency of the United Way of Will County

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