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Since receiving our first resident in 1966 our ministry has been founded on Christian principles in the tradition of the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Cornerstone Village is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to serve the retirement and senior living needs of older adults. For over 50 years, Cornerstone Village has been reflecting Christ’s love by helping people with the challenges of aging by providing quality housing, health care and services in Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, and our entire region.
The Appalachian Christian Village Foundation was founded in 2001 to aid the Village in its efforts. The Foundation serves three basic roles in the support of the Village’s overall ministry, over and above its operating budget:
We believe that those who have the continued ability to pay should pay. However, since its founding, Cornerstone Village has never asked a resident to leave because of their inability to do so. Each year we go to churches, corporations, foundations, and individuals in the community to raise money to help us help those in need. The Benevolent Fund, sponsored by the churches, provides assistance for residents who have outlived their financial resources. In some cases, the need may arise when a resident has outlived his or her ability to pay, and it becomes a blessing to them to know that they will not be put out of their home when and if their monetary resources are depleted.
Capital/Equipment Improvements and Special Projects:
In addition to the Benevolent Fund, another major focus of Cornerstone Village’s ministry is to the well-being of the frailest of its residents in the Health Care Center. Here, a caring and well-trained staff see to their every need. Over 50 percent of the healthcare (nursing) residents receive Medicaid. In order to provide quality care, special appeals are conducted to raise funds for specialized equipment, rehab, wellness garden, and vent tracheotomy areas. The Foundation also aids in procuring resources for other special projects both present and future through more “targeted” campaigns. Future plans include improving and expanding our services and activities; renovating existing buildings and developing new quality communities allowing us to expand the number of residents we serve in the Tri-Cities region, and continuing our tradition of Christian integrity and excellence in care.
Working to be good stewards, the Foundation aides the Village in its efforts to build its Endowment for future ministry. This is accomplished through the reception of individual estate gifts, various trusts, corporate giving, and other sources of planned giving.
We at Cornerstone Village are still as dedicated to serving the needs of older adults today as when this ministry first began. This is foremost in our hearts and minds when we seek to fulfill the precept laid out in the following Scripture: “External religious worship that is pure and unblemished in the sight of God the Father is this: to visit and help and care for the orphans and widows in their affliction and need, and to keep oneself unspotted and uncontaminated from the world.” (James 1:27)