Kornerstone offices move to Shell Knob School

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Kornerstone, Inc., formerly located behind Bridgeway Plaza in Shell Knob, has relocated its offices to Shell Knob School.

Kornerstone, in operation for 15 years, primarily served Shell Knob clients but has subsequently expanded to assist people in Barry County with abstinence education, a teen mom program and in obtaining their GEDs.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has shown Choosing the Best, the abstinence program used by Kornerstone, is effective in decreasing teen sexual activity by 47 percent. Kornerstone partners with Missouri State University to provide abstinence education to area schools.

Kornerstone also assists pregnant teens with transportation to doctor appointments, prenatal education and child development, assistance in connecting teens with needed resources, including free baby supplies, and doula support for labor and delivery.

The program is currently assisting 15 teen moms in Barry County.

"That is a significant decrease from previous years," said Lisa Miller, teen mom advocate at Kornerstone.

GED classes, offered through Crowder College, will also be provided at the Kornerstone office. Students 18 years of age, who have been out of school for at least six months and wish to obtain their GED, may call Crowder College at 847-1706 for information on program changes.

"We appreciate that Shell Knob School has made office space available to us," Miller said. "We look forward to serving our community and Barry County through our teen mom, abstinence and GED programs."

Information concerning Kornerstone programs is also available at the Barry County Health Department, area high school counselors' offices and from area physician offices in Cassville, Monett and Aurora.

For more information, call 417-858-2887.

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