Cynthia Gray, President of the Alliance of Churches in Shell Knob, MO presents Marlene Whitham,
Director of Kornerstone, with a check for $185. These funds were collected during the Easter Sunrise
Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Donate to Kornerstone Teen Mom Program. Lisa Miller, teen
mom advocate for Kornerstone’s Teen Mom program, accepts a donation from Elaine Esterl and
Jeanne Lawrence, representatives of the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary of Shell Knob.
The March of Dimes Greater Missouri Chapter has awarded a grant to Kornerstone, Inc. to support their
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
services for pregnant teens in Kornerstone’s Teen Mom program. Smoking is known to contribute to
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.
Kornerstone Teen Moms program would like to express our gratitude to Jan and Howard Williford from
Shell Knob for their donation of baby food and formula. Teen Moms and Their Babies is a support
program Kornerstone offers to expectant teenage girls and baby’s dad, designed to assist and teach
young people as they go through pregnancy and become parents. This is a no cost program,
dependant on grants and donations. We cannot express our appreciation enough for the support our
area communities offer to Kornerstone Teen Moms.
Holy Family Catholic Church Donates to Kornerstone. Proceeds of $445 from the Italian Dinner on June
21 were donated to Kornerstone. We greatly appreciate this generous donation and will use the funds to
purchase some equipment for Kornerstone Early Head Start.
Kornerstone, Inc. was awarded a $6,000 grant from Table Rock Lake Community Foundation. These
funds will be used to update technology, purchase new flooring for Kornerstone Early Head Start and
maintain the Kornerstone Adult Literacy building.
Mark Davis, Shell Knob Arvest Bank, presents a check to Marlene Whitham, Kornerstone Inc. Executive
Director, on behalf of the Walton Family Foundation in the amount of $5,000.00. These funds will go
towards Kornerstone's Family Literacy Program.
Kornerstone Director, Marlene Whitham, is shown presenting Ashley Paine, a Kornerstone participant
in both the Teen Mom and GED programs, a $500 scholarship to attend classes at Crowder College’s
Cassville campus. Ashley has completed CNA classes and was awarded her Certified Nurse
Assistant license in April. She is enrolled in EMT classes at Crowder for fall 2011. This scholarship
was awarded by the Kornerstone Board of Directors from the Larry Gene Taylor Memorial Scholarship
Kornerstone recently received a generous donation from the Alliance of Churches of Shell Knob
collected at their Easter sunrise service. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the local community so
that we may continue to offer literacy services to infants, toddler, teens, and adults.
Kornerstone is proud to announce its receipt of Senate Resolution No. 293, offered by Senator Jack
Goodman, in recognition of our participation in the 2010 Season of Hope Food Drive. With Kornerstone's
help, The Season of Hope Food Drive was able to provide Christmas dinners at eight stops in six
different counties over a two-day period. This second annual food drive was an overwhelming success,
Kornerstone are appreciative of the recognition, and look forward to participating in this year’s event to
help feed children, adults, and seniors in Barry County.
Kornerstone recently received a monetary gift in memory of Lee Gary from JoAnn Gary, Lee’s wife. Lee
was one of the founding board members when Kornerstone first began serving the Shell Knob
community. He served as Secretary Treasurer for the Kornerstone Board of Directors for many years,
and put in many hours of hands on labor helping to renovate the Kornerstone building, which now
houses our Adult Literacy Center and the GED program. JoAnn stated, “He enjoyed Kornerstone so
much and believed in the work you do. Thanks for giving so much to him and our community.” The gift
will be used to sustain the Teen Mom and Early Childhood programs.
Marlene Whitham, Executive Director of Kornerstone, Inc., announced Thursday March 31st, that
Kornerstone’s Teen Mom Program received a $15,000 grant award from Sisters of Mercy Health
System. These resources will be utilized to provide teen mothers the opportunity to receive early
prenatal healthcare, attend childbirth classes, and learn positive parenting and infant care skills through
personal and group visits. Kornerstone is working on plans to expand their Teen Mom program to
encompass all of Barry County in order to impact the chances of young mothers delivering full term,
healthy weight babies.
Marlene Whitham, Executive Director of Kornerstone, Inc. announced that Kornerstone's Teen Mom
Program received a $4,000 grant award from the Robert and Frances Chaney Family Foundation.
These funds will be used to purchase supplies for our Stork Store, office supplies, and supplies
needed to implement the expansion to serve expectant teens in the Monett area.
teens and teenage mothers, to northern Barry County.
“We are very pleased and excited to be awarded monies from March of Dimes to enable Kornerstone
Teen Mom Program to expand advocacy services to reach all of Barry County,” said Marlene Whitham,
Kornerstone director. “We are truly grateful for this opportunity to have a positive impact on young
mothers and their babies.”
Kornerstone Teen Mom Program of Barry County will provide teen mothers throughout the county with
the opportunity to receive early prenatal healthcare, attend childbirth classes and learn positive
parenting and infant care skills through personal and group visits.
“We found that the pregnant teen population of the Monett area needed advocacy services here in Barry
County,” said Mark Schwartz, March of Dimes state director of program services. “We are grateful that
our successful fundraising efforts, such as March for Babies, make it possible for us to support new
programs in the Monett community that can help more babies be born healthy.”
Kornerstone’s Teen Mom program was founded in Shell Knob five years ago. The program has helped
dozens of local teens receive prenatal care and parenting training. In 2009, in an effort to decrease
transportation costs and serve more teens, the Teen Mom Program began meeting with young women
at the Barry County Health Department in Cassville. This year, those services will be expanded to the
health department office in Monett. The organization will also partner with the Monett
R-1 School District and Monett area churches to offer services to teens in northern Barry County.
“We are very excited,” said Lisa Miller, Teen Mom Program director. “We think there is a large need in
northern Barry County, and we look forward to expanding to serve more young moms and make a
difference in their lives.”
The Teen Mom program encourages students to continue their education. Some choose to pursue a
GED and others take part in college courses after graduating high school. Kornerstone has also offered
the Stork Store at its facility in Shell Knob since the Teen Mom Program was founded. This year, a
second Stork Store will be opened at New Life Free Will Baptist Church in Monett. Through the Teen
Mom Program, teens earn points by attending school, GED classes, doctor visits, group meetings and
other activities. The points can be used to purchase baby items and supplies from the Stork Store.
“We hate that we have to have this type of program, but the need is there,” said Gerri Wormington, of the
New Life Free Will Baptist Church. “Someone needs to step up and help these teens. We had the
space available, and we wanted to reach out to teen moms in our area and do what we could to help.”
In addition to offering prenatal education throughout each teen’s pregnancy and transportation to
medical appointments, the Teen Moms Program offers education after each teen delivers their baby.
“A big part of the program is helping these young moms make the transition to parenthood so that they
and their babies can get a good start,” said Miller. “That transition can be tough at first. Even learning to
navigate the medical system and the importance of doctors’ visits can be a challenge.
“We look forward to helping more young moms through that transition, an also just getting to know the
Monett and Pierce City communities,” said Miller.
The program partners with Parents As Teachers to provide parenting support for teens during the first
few years of each child’s life.
“Kornerstone’s Teen Mom Program has become known for providing a ‘new model of care’ for pregnant
teens,” said Whitham. “There are no other programs in this area that provide quite the same service
and empower teens to deliver healthy babies.”
The goal of Kornerstone Teen Mom Program of Barry County is to increase the chances of full-term and
normal birth weight deliveries for pregnant teens in Barry County. The March of Dimes is the leading
nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes
works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.
Kornerstone plans to hire a part-time advocate to serve teen moms in the Monett area. Northern Barry
County teens enrolled in the program will receive the same services and opportunities offered to teens
since the program’s inception in Shell Knob. Kornerstone accepts referrals to the Teen Mom Program
at any time.