Cornerstone Ministries, Hyde Park’s mission partner, dares to happen so many can dream.
A lot may dream when you dare to happen. That inverted phrase could be the motto for Tampa-based Cornerstone Family Ministries. Hyde Park’s Sarah Jaycocks helped the children plant the gardens at Cornerstone Family Ministries. From those small seeds this great ministry has grown.
Cornerstone is an outreach ministry of the Florida Conference and a National Missions Institution of United Methodist Women. The organization is motivated by reverence for the past, goals for the present and dreams for the future of children living at-risk or unchurched.
Today, Cornerstone provides accredited early childhood instruction to nearly 100 children at the Rosa Valdez Center & Lab School in Tampa. The organization’s impact on children goes well beyond the classroom. Cornerstone sponsors a network of 177 mostly small childcare centers in five counties—Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and Manatee (during the 2018-19 school year). Children receive breakfast, lunch and a snack through a program run by the Florida Department of Health. Cornerstone doesn’t prepare or deliver the food. It trains the center directors, provides technical assistance and follows up.