Every person has the potential for growth, learning and development. The choices we make, no matter how large or small, define who we become, and the freedom to make those choices is invaluable to all of us.
Our aim at Cornerstone is to enrich the lives of the people we serve by providing a safe and healthy environment, conducive to personal choice.
By providing a safe and healthy support structure we know that people utilizing our service will be empowered to live self-directed lives!
Together we can make a difference in the lives of the people around us!
ABOUT CORNERSTONE SUPPORT SERVICES
Cornerstone Support Services was founded by Trey and Elizabeth Cave for their Aunt, Pamela Kay Byers.
Pam grew up in a close knit, loving environment with her parents and siblings. In her younger years, Pam’s parents helped her connect with a local sheltered workshop for people with developmental differences. She found joy and accomplishment being able to go to work like her parents and earn a paycheck. She established wonderful friendships and took her routine and job responsibilities very seriously.
In her retirement years, and after her parents passed, Pam moved in with her sister’s family, where Trey spent many of his teenage years trying to keep up with Pam’s active lifestyle. Pam was involved in many activities, one of which was her local bowling league.
As Trey grew up living with Pam, he developed a sincere desire to help her and others with intellectual and developmental differences to live life to its fullest. Trey believes, “No matter our differences, we are all very similar.”
Trey found work in group homes and day programs early on and one of his first experiences was as a teacher at a developmental center. Subsequently, he earned a Nonprofit/Human Services Management Degree from the University of Tennessee and progressed into management and administration within the ID/DD field.
Elizabeth began her career in the field as a Direct Support Professional in a group home for people with intellectual and developmental differences. Elizabeth earned a degree in Christian Ministries from Tennessee Temple University and also progressed into management and administration.
The Caves envisioned Cornerstone in 2003. They developed a strong person-centered philosophy and began making preparations to start the organization. In 2009, Cornerstone was licensed by Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.
With the help of the wonderfully talented and skilled people who have joined Cornerstone’s team over the years, Cornerstone offers exemplary services that are focused on person-centered practices. Families often find it comforting that the people at Cornerstone understand the personal and complex relationships families have with each other as they search for the right Service Provider for their loved one.
Thank you Pam for being who you were and impacting so many.
I discovered my passion for this field through my aunt Pam. Elizabeth and I founded Cornerstone to be a Nonprofit Organization so the mission will always remain to be the #1 priority. Cornerstone is fortunate to have assembled an impressive team with like-minded people who have the same drive to serve people with developmental differences.
Living a life of service to others is of utmost importance to me both personally and professionally, so when I was introduced to this field over 25 years ago, I was instantly hooked. I love it, and always have. It is an honor to have had the opportunity to not only start Cornerstone, but to be an ongoing part of an amazing team of people who share the same values as me. I’m so proud to be part of an organization that puts others first.
It’s seeing the wide-eyed expression of sheer joy when they experience an ocean wave hitting their back for the first time. Or the excitement of move-in day for a young man who thought because of his different ability that he would never have his “own” apartment. I love working for Cornerstone because from DSP to Regional Administrator I’ve had the awesome privilege to make a difference in lives of some of the most amazing people. Each day I work with a group of dedicated men and women that tirelessly task themselves with ensuring that each person in our care, experiences the highest quality of life.
Making a difference in the lives of those we support and working with a team that puts them first is very rewarding. The people in our program have taught me a great deal about how to overcome the unique challenges of life and I enjoy being a part of the celebration of their accomplishments no matter how big or small.
I am proud to be a part of the Cornerstone team. Our commitment to the people we support is immeasurable and we take pride in giving people the supports and tools needed to sustain healthy and productive lives.
Cornerstone is not just another job; we are contributing to a larger purpose; to better people’s lives. Cornerstone’s objectives and philosophy directly align with mine in wanting the best life for the people we support. I love what I do, from starting out at Cornerstone as a DSP to advancing to Administrator, all while ensuring people are living their best lives they want to live.
Program Manager (Harrisonburg)
I have always enjoyed working with people with developmental differences and hopefully making a positive impact in their lives. The team at Cornerstone offer support, encouragement and inspiration to the people they work with, and I love the fact that Cornerstone is filled with possibilities and opportunities, and I get to be a part of that.
Business Office Manager
Every company has a Business Office for all the essential functions of running a company, but working in Cornerstone’s Business Office, I can do a job I’m good at while getting to see where my work goes and who I’m supporting. It makes my day to see people from our homes stop by to visit the Business Office and chat!
Business Office Generalist
Although most of my previous work experience was in finance, I have never worked for a nonprofit organization before. It feels nice to work with such a positive group while helping others in meaningful ways. Cornerstone is making a difference by empowering and enhancing the lives of so many people and I am proud to be a part of its mission.
Manager Cornerstone Thrift
I enjoy being able to work with the community and share Cornerstone’s mission through the Thrift Store. It’s rewarding every time a customer says they are grateful for the work that Cornerstone does. It also brings joy to know that we can provide the community with a unique and fun shopping experience.
Thrift & Threads Manager
I really enjoy meeting new people and helping them in the store. I enjoy my role here because I get to help others while helping to raise funds for the company. The funds raised through the Thrift Stores go towards maintaining a safe and relaxing environment for the people utilizing our services!