Because of the transforming love of Jesus Christ, The CornerStone Initiative exists to encourage relationships, awaken hope, and promote opportunities so that individuals and community flourish.

Who we are.

The CornerStone Initiative is a Christian Community Development organization founded in 2011 for the purpose of breaking the cycle of dependency and poverty that has become part of the culture of the Westside Community (an under-resourced community in Huntsville’s 35805 zip code).

CornerStone seeks to encourage relationships within this community that awaken hope and promote opportunities for personal and economic development among its residents.

What we do.

We build the bridges between the community we serve and the opportunities that exist to help them.

CornerStone is not a direct service provider. Instead, we seek ways to empower residents to help themselves and their own community. When this happens, dignity that may have been stripped away from cycles of dependency and chronic need is restored.  Restored dignity gives way to ownership of the solutions to an individual’s vulnerable situation. 

Instead of direct services, CornerStone seeks to facilitate relationships that encourage and empower people to seek God’s best for their own lives.  In relationships where there is a strong sense of mutual respect and deep concern, people are challenged and encouraged to use assets that are available to them on their road to breaking the cycle of poverty in their lives and their own communities.

Leading the way on the

Pathway to

Success through…


People living in generational poverty often believe that education is beyond their reach. They are also highly susceptible to "educators" who exploit them for financial gain, promising riches but leaving them in great debt. We work with the community to understand their education needs and connect them to reputable and effective educational opportunities.


We seek enrichment for the community by facilitating healthy relationships amongst the community first and foremost. Our goal is to connect them to each other, help them learn to know and trust each other and ultimately, connect them with in a relationship with a God who loves them.


Many of the people we serve are unemployed. On the other hand, many of the people we serve work 3 or 4 jobs just to scrape by. Our goal is to awaken hope in the people of this community that it is possible for them to have an amazing, fulfilling job that will bless their lives. We were created to work, and we seek every opportunity to awake that desire in the lives of our neighbors.

Latest Community Stories

Faith, Finance, Food and Fellowship

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who are fortunate enough to have a trust fund and a full bank account — we’ll try not to secretly hate you — and the other 78% of Americans who live paycheck-to-paycheck. Melonie Gurley, director of education and employment at The CornerStone Initiative, understands. She’s […]

Devyn Keith: From ‘Bad Kid’ to Huntsville Hero

From the Community Journal website. If it takes a village to raise a child, it took four blocks in North Huntsville to raise Devyn Keith. He grew up in Northwoods, a housing project off University Drive, raised by a single mother who struggled a bit to find herself. “There were more people who changed my […]

More Than A Resume

Sam had made a mistake, and it was ruining the rest of his life. He was a convicted felon, and even though he had served his time, he was having trouble finding work. There’s a term—felony friendly—for those employers who are willing to hire former inmates, but felony-friendly employers mostly hire non-violent offenders. And Sam […]

Help End Generational Poverty in Huntsville, AL.

The annual C4 Conference (CornerStone Conference for Community Compassion) is our opportunity to help educate the broader community about what it takes to make systemic and long-lasting impact in regards to generational poverty. We invite you to join us for our event this February as we dive head-first into the messy question "Who Is My Neighbor?" The goal of this conference will be to not only help us discern our own biases, but to also equip us with tools to take action and engage in meaningful and diverse friendships that cross racial and socioeconomic barriers.

How Can You Help?


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