Cornerstone Contact Centre is a not for profit Christian organisation in the heart of downtown Dandenong that works alongside those who are in need of a safe place to call home. Through providing a place of hospitality, belonging and engagement Cornerstone helps people address issues such as family violence, drug addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental health and social isolation.
For many who come from challenging backgrounds, it is a source of dignity and hope, a place where people can feel safe, valued and important.
- Free nutritious, homecooked community meals throughout the week (see our programs page),
- Material aid and crisis assistance,
- A safe, supportive environment for people to connect with others,
- Friendship and pastoral support,
- Referral to other agencies and networks as required,
- A meaningful way for people, including students, to volunteer in the life of our local community.
Why we do what we do
Cornerstone Contact Centre is based on the Christian principles of inclusiveness, unconditional support, service, individual worth and social justice. Cornerstone Contact Centre believes every person is worthy of a “home” environment and a “way in” to resources and participation in family, community and social life.
Cornerstone Contact Centre uses a strengths-based framework and partnerships with community agencies, government, business and volunteers to help foster genuine change.
Cornerstone Contact Centre was the vision of Mrs Barbara Siddall, a member of the Dandenong Baptist Church, With the assistance of her local church and others, Cornerstone opened on a Saturday Night in May 1992 aimed at connecting and supporting homeless young people on the streets of Dandenong.
Throughout the past 25 years their services have grown and developed. Many volunteers, churches, local agencies and clubs have run programs and services out of Cornerstone, mainly focussed around hospitality, meals and support. Throughout that time Cornerstone has provided literally hundreds of thousands of meals and volunteer support to many in need.
Currently Cornerstone Contact Centre provides 20,000 meals annually across our many programs.
Cornerstone thanks the Rado family for their continued sponsorship through the provision of the building on the corner of Mason and Walker Streets Dandenong since its opening 25 years ago.
Cornerstone are incredibly indebted to their two previous directors, Max Walker (1995-2010) and Don Cameron (2010-2016) for their leadership and support in developing Cornerstone into what it is today.
Max Walker retired from active service as Director in 2010, and passed the baton onto Don Cameron, who tragically passed away suddenly of cancer in early 2016.
Cornerstone Contact Centre relies on local grants, donations and fundraising to keep our doors open. We are grateful for the support we receive from City of Greater Dandenong, a number of local churches, Dandenong, Springvale and Endeavour Hills Lions Clubs, Dandenong Central Rotary, local State and Federal Politicians, local businesses, the Andrew’s Foundation and many individual supporters. Cornerstone has increased its involvement with local welfare agencies and works closely with Centrelink, Hanover, Monash Health, Dandenong Neighborhood House, WAYS, South East Community Links and ERMHA.
Our Team & Board
Cornerstone Contact Centre relies heavily on a committed team of over 100 volunteers, a small, part time staff team, and a board that oversees its development, policies and finance.
Our current staff team include:
- Stephen Barrington: CEO
- Michael Eggleton: Office Administration
- Glenn Walker: Kitchen coordinator