October marks a special month for Cornerstone each year as we celebrate the anniversary of our grand opening. This year, we’re proud to celebrate our 75th Jubilee Anniversary.
Exactly 75 years ago, a group of concerned citizens saw a need for child and family services that included mental health counseling. Thanks to this group, the Family Service Agency was born and officially opened its doors on October 1st, 1947. Offices were located in the Western Catholic Union building and were designed to provide privacy and counseling to families in Quincy and Adams County.
On October 3rd, 1947, the Quincy Herald Whig published an article on the grand opening of the office. As the article recalls, the aim of the Family Service Agency was “to supply a helping answer or service for each request or to refer the applicant to the proper agency which can supply the service.” It also stressed that Family Service Agency services were available to anyone seeking help.
Now known as Cornerstone: Foundations for Families, we continue to build upon what our founding board members set out to accomplish: to provide mental health services to a community in need. Cornerstone welcomes people of all ages, and our professional staff has years of experience working with children, teens, and adults.
The growth of our foundation over the years allows us to offer the latest advancements and techniques in counseling and psychiatric services. We also provide supportive services to specific groups of people that need us during especially hard times in their lives. No matter the age or challenge, Cornerstone continues to provide services and help to anyone that needs them.
There have been many changes over the past 75 years, including social and economic developments, new office spaces, and even a name change. However, one thing has remained constant – our dedication to the Quincy community. Today, Cornerstone provides the skills, support, and hope needed for effective, fulfilling lives. Everyone deserves to feel that they are heard and validated. We strive to provide a safe space for people of the Quincy Community to come and receive the help that they need, just as we did in 1947.
We are grateful to everyone that chooses Cornerstone, and we hope that all of our community remembers our vision: You Matter. Thank you to all the people that have been involved with Cornerstone: Foundation for Families throughout the years. We look forward to serving our community for another 75 years and beyond.
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