Cornerstone of HopeMay 15, 2000 is a date that will always have significant meaning for Christi and Mark Tripodi and their entire family for the rest of their lives. This is the day that their precious son, Bobby, died unexpectedly. When the calendar struck May 15, 2010, The Tripodi’s paused and reflected on Bobby’s ten year memorial.
“Ten years already, we simply cannot believe it’s been that long. We know that so much has happened during that time in every aspect of our lives. Personally, we have been blessed by more children and continue to raise our family. Spiritually, we met an amazing priest, Fr. Kevin Barrett, who truly saved our lives when we desperately needed a source of understanding and healing. Fr. Kevin reminded us of the ultimate goal, heaven. Professionally, we founded a grief support center by responding to God’s call. Christi heard God’s voice speak, ‘We need a place!’ while Mark heard deeply in his heart, ‘Do not waste this pain!’ When you combine the two you have a special place where pain is transformed into purpose - Cornerstone of Hope. Cornerstone of Hope is today what we would have wanted when our son died.”
Cornerstone offers hope to those who seek comfort after the death of a loved one with a variety of service offerings for children, teens and adults. Since the organizations inception in 2003, the participation in all grief support programs has increased each and every year. Founder Mark Tripodi commented, “As founders, we even underestimated the need for Cornerstone of Hope in our community. The journey has been tough but each step has always been worth it.”
Cornerstone of Hope exists because, in this life, the unthinkable sometimes happens. A child dies before his parents. A husband or wife dies, leaving their spouse and children at a loss for how to go on living. A student commits suicide, leaving a school reeling over the shock and sorrow. In your loneliness, you desperately need to connect with those who understand. When left without the smile and the touch of the one we loved so dearly, we need a hand to hold, to pull us out of the pit and the pain. Cornerstone of Hope exists to help hold the hands of grieving children, teens, and adults all over northeast and central Ohio.
Cy Pres Award DonationCornerstone of Hope is extremely grateful to Dworken &Bernstein, Co., LPA, and to Patrick Perotti for including our organization in receiving Cy Pres Funding. The funds received will be used in our Children Programming areas; specifically in the continuation of our weekly support groups, our School Crisis Team Training, and our Art Therapy sessions. Our support groups are eight weeks long and run each quarter, within each quarter there are 15-18 total groups with 6 – 8 specific to children and teens. Having like aged grievers allows for a more meaningful experience. Cornerstone also responds to school crisis when a death occurs. It may be the passing of a student, teacher or staff member. A trained team is mobilized to meet that community in a crucial time. One specific area of counseling that we find beneficial to young children and teens is art therapy. We employ art therapists who are able to use creative means to have the youth we serve express their emotions in a meaningful and safe environment. Children may not be able to speak what is troubling them, but they can use art to convey their feelings.
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