Cornerstone celebrates 25 year of service to Homeless

Thank you to Irish Abroad 2016 for a fabulous fundraising spectacular at the Manchester Hilton on Friday 25th November to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Cornerstone's work with homeless people. The story began 25 years ago in a small port-a-cabin and today serves up to 200 people per day with a range of professional services that includes emergency and 4 half-way-houses for accommodation.

Lawrence Bettany, manager of Caritas Community Services shared the fundraising platform with Francis House Children's Hospice. Lawrence introduced Musaab, a refugee from the Sudan who has been granted asylum in the UK and who is now housed through the Cornerstone services.

Enjoying the hospitality, camaraderie and the fantastic entertainers at the Irish Abroad fundraising night were Caritas trustees, staff and some service users from Cornerstone Day Centre. Organiser John Kennedy from the Irish Abroad Charitable Trust said, "Let us recognise our privileged lives. We are blessed but it can change in a heartbeat as it has for so many. With that thought, if you are able please give generously." Through a variety of auctions and raffles, guests gave and gave! Thank you

Mark Wiggin, Director of Caritas Diocese of Salford, reflecting on the work of Cornerstone said, "As the year draws to an end, Cornerstone can look back on a remarkable 25th Anniversary year that has included The Big Sleep Out awareness and fundraising event that supports 10 pods providing emergency accommodation to 20 people a night; the Fratello that enabled 10 of our clients visiting Rome to meet Pope Francis at the official end of the Year of Mercy in November and now this fabulous black tie celebration at the Hilton Hotel for wonderful causes including homelessness in Manchester that is a growing concern for us all. Thank you to all who have supported Cornerstone this year in any way from a small donation of food and clothes to a large grant from a benefactor. On behalf of the trustees of Caritas Diocese of Salford, I offer you grateful thanks."

Cornerstone is a day centre providing services to adults facing a wide range of social issues including homelessness, poverty, social isolation, poor mental health, drug and alcohol addiction. We operate an open door policy and welcome people from all backgrounds with our aim being to offer support to our clients, improve their prospects and enhance their quality of life.


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