Kornerstone, Inc.
Our mission statement
provide educational opportunities for children, teens, and adults.”

advocate for teen mothers who are becoming a parent while still
We want to say a a child themselves.  Today and
every day,
Marlene Whitham,
Kornerstone Director

Kornerstone’s Teen Mom Program recently received funding from the Robert and
Francis Chaney Family Foundation in the amount of $3,500 for program year 2015.  
in Barry County through advocacy and education.  This funding will be utilized to in
Barry County through advocacy and education.  This funding will be utilized to
provide direct services to pregnant teens in Barry County including transportation to
prenatal visits, W.I.C. services, well-baby checks, personal home visits to expectant
and parenting teens, and childbirth classes.
The Mission of the Chaney Family Foundation is “to benefit the welfare of children
areas of Barry County, Missouri, Cabell County, West Virginia and Jackson &
Josephine Counties, Oregon.
By Marlene Whitham
The Soroptimist volunteer service professional women recently presented
Kornerstone, Inc.’s Teen Parent program with a $500 grant award.  Kornerstone will
utilize this grant to provide education and advocate for young teen parents and
babies in Barry county.  A fatherhood initiative has recently been added to their
services for young families.
Kornerstone has been serving expectant and parenting teens in Barry county since
2006.  The teen parent program has served over 200 pregnant teens with their
advocacy reaching over 600
teens, babies, and dads.

and Lisa Miller a check for $500.
By Marlene Whitham
Kornerstone Hosts Read from the Start Program

Kornerstone Teen Parent program hosted a Read from
pre-school parents, and Parents as Teachers program
parents on November 12 at Shell Knob School from 6-
Humanities Council and funded through private and
Humanities Council and funded through private and
corporate donations and the National Endowment for
the Humanities.  Kornerstone supplemented the
program with a $250 donation to the Humanities
Parents learned about the role of language and stories
in early child development and techniques to continue
story exploration, such as crafts, songs, and dramatic
play.  Each participant received a selection of FREE
outstanding children’s books to keep for their use at
Speaker for the 2 hr. program was Dana Owens from
Springfield, a certified Read from the Start discussion
leader.  Childcare was provided for parents for the
evening by Parents As Teachers and Shell Knob
Preschool staff.  A six foot subway sandwich was
donated for this special evening by Subway of Shell
Knob with chips, dessert, and drinks provided by Shell
Knob School cafeteria and Kornerstone, Inc.