Kornerstone, Inc.
May 2010
Teen Mom Program, that is aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs here in southwest
Missouri. This program will provide smoking cessation counseling and transportation to prenatal
premature birth and low birthweight. Ensuring expectant teens receive early prenatal care is also a vital
service to assist in the reduction of premature birth and low birthweight babies.
Our mission statement
provide educational opportunities for children, teens, and adults.”

We want to say a special
THANK YOU to the Thrifty Closest for
their generous, continued support of our Teen Mom program.   
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, Inc. of Barry Co. is hosting a 5K will be
provided by Ozark Racing Systems of Springfield.  
Medals will be awarded to
For registration and more information, please visit
our website: www.kornerstoneinc.org.  or
www.ridgerunnersports.com under 2014 schedule.  
Registration forms may also be picked up at
Cassville YMCA, Arvest Bank, or Cassville Chamber

Pictured is Regina McIlrath of Service 1 Federal
Credit Union presenting a check to Marlene
Whitham, Kornerstone Director for Sponsorship of
the 5K Run/Walk.

All proceeds will benefit Kornerstone's Teen Mom

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.  
Kornerstone is a local non-profit organization serving pregnant and parenting teens
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
and families and to support public safety”.  The foundation awards grants in the
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.

Shown in picture is Stacy Runnels presenting Jaynee Langley, Marlene Whitham,
and Lisa Miller a check for $500.
Registration is now open for Kornerstone’s 2nd annual 5K to be held on September 12, 2015 to benefit our
Teen Parent program.   Registration cost is $25 and includes a T-Shirt commemorating the event.  Race
will begin at 9:00a.m. at the Cassville Aquatic Center and be timed by Ozark Racing Systems of
Springfield.   Both male and female overall winner will receive a trophy.  Each age category will receive
All proceeds will go to provide advocacy and doula services for pregnant teens living in Barry County.  
Kornerstone Teen Parent program has helped over 200 teens and their babies since 2006 with the goal of
educating teens on a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a full-term normal birth weight infant.  Education
with continued support is key in reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect in this high risk .
Registrations to participate in the race can also be picked up at: Cassville Chamber, Arvest Bank, Cassville
YMCA, Monett YMCA, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce, Fox Fitness – Shell Knob.

Shown in the picture is Regina McIlrath of Service 1 Federal Credit Union presenting a $150 sponsorship
to Marlene Whitham, Kornerstone Director
By Marlene Whitham
Kornerstone Hosts Read from the Start Program

Kornerstone Teen Parent program hosted a Read from
the Start program for their teen parents, Shell Knob
pre-school parents, and Parents as Teachers program
parents on November 12 at Shell Knob School from 6-
8p.m.  This program was sponsored by the Missouri
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.
supporting early
reading programs
The Table Rock Lake Community Foundation
recently awarded over $23,500 in grants to eight
non-profit organizations in Stone and southeastern
Barry Counties at a luncheon at the Reunion Mill
restaurant at Silver Dollar City.  The Foundation
distributes grants derived from interest earned from
endowed funds through the Community Foundation
of the Ozarks, located in Springfield.  The awards
were part of the organization’s 2015 grant cycle.
TRLCF awarded a grant of $2,782 to Kornerstone
Inc to support Childbirth Educator Training, Child
Passenger Safety Seat Training and Educational
Resources for teen parents.