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Easter Parade Partners—Cornerstones

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Cornerstones/Embry Rucker Shelter

Cornerstones is a nonprofit organization serving Fairfax County that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, and affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. Their vision is for a community that values all people and shares resources and services to empower those in need to make positive changes.

They provide financial assistance, urgent assistance, assistance with basic needs, affordable childcare, tutoring and homework assistance, American citizenship classes, and ESL classes. They also run a food pantry that provides a wide variety of items to those in need.

Cornerstones runs the Embry Rucker Homeless shelter in Reston, a 70-bed shelter that is open 24/7/365.  A 24-bed overflow facility is located across the street. When both were at full capacity, mats are put on the floor in common areas to try to get as many people as possible out of the cold or heat.  Prior to pandemic, in addition to the single men and women, there were 30 families with total of 11 children.  The men’s, women’s, and family sections are well separated.  There are 20 full-time employees and 400 volunteers (pre-pandemic.)

The shelter offers childcare and medical assistance, including prescription medications, with a nurse on staff.  To help get residents into stable housing ASAP, a full-time housing broker who also offers housing counseling is on staff, as well as an employment specialist.

Embry Rucker serves 60 bagged lunches per day, many provided through the Holy Cross Parish Lunch Line prior to pandemic.  Hot meals, laundry services, and shower facilities are offered to residents and unsheltered homeless clients on a drop-in basis.

From December through March, a hypothermia program operates at three sites in Fairfax County. In the summer, a cooling center and emergency shelter to house clients during storms and in the hot summer months are available.

The current needs are:
instant oatmeal
cooking oil
cold cereal
coffee (large cans preferred)
hot chocolate
hot tea
bottled water
sugar-free drink mix
sugar-free maple syrup

To learn more about Embry Rucker and Cornerstones, visit


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