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Cornerstone Drop-In Centre: Creating Connections, Changing Lives

Three years ago Irene* was hit by a truck when crossing the road. She suffered brain, pelvis, and collarbone injuries. The road back to better health has been full of challenges. Since opening in 2013, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Greater Vancouver’s (EFry) Corner Stone Drop-in Centre has been a welcoming place for Irene, enabling her to access community supports as she worked toward independent living again. The Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society was pleased to provide a grant to help fund the pilot program.

Cornerstone Drop-in has helped Irene build her own capacity to cope and thrive. She loves to come for the camaraderie, and has gained a sense of purpose and pride as she now volunteers her time at Cornerstone. Today, Irene  is living independently and copes with limited mobility and limited sight. Cornerstone Drop-in recently helped her find and purchase a walker giving Irene greater mobility and independence.

Irene is just one of over 60 women that have benefited from Surrey’s only women’s drop-in centre, accessing services to improve their lives and pull them out of or keep them from homelessness. EFry saw strong need for a women’s only drop-in for Surrey. A grant from Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society enabled EFY to launch this pilot program. With a demonstrated performance record, EFry is now eligible to apply for public funding.

About our Grants

The Cornerstone Drop-in Centre is one of the success stories of the Surrey Homelessness & Housing Society’s grant program. The Society makes a difference in our community by funding projects that will reduce homelessness in Surrey. To date, we have invested over $2 million dollars into supporting our community. We believe ending homelessness is possible by helping each other.

*name changed to protect privacy

Watch here to learn more about EFry and the grant partnership with Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society.


In 2013, EFry’s Cornerstone Drop-In Centre had 1012 visits, including 113 children.

Service offered

Number of clients

Selecting Clothing Donations


Accessing the Computer and internet


Small Meals Provided


Requesting Support/Problem Solving


Referrals to Community Resources


Use of Phone


Housing Assistance