We are a family-oriented company located in Oregon. We maintain excellence of care by investing in the success and growth of our Cornerstone Valley employees, starting with our Direct Support Staff. With the compassionate, quality of care our individuals receive, we see them stabilize, develop skills and be active members of their community.

What we do

We help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities stabilize, grow and develop for the future.

Cornerstone Valley serves high need kiddos and adults with IDD/DD who are currently unable to live safety in their familial home or community independently. Our 24-hour facilities are residential homes embedded in the community that replicate the safety and comfort of a family home. Our individuals benefit from living in the community while receiving constant support from our highly trained staff. We support each individual’s safety, goals and growth. We help them reach their highest level of independence and achieve a higher quality of life.

Our staff provide practical support for daily living, including administering medication, cleaning the household, preparing food, assisting with hygiene, organizing group activities and providing transportation.

“The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members.”

—Mahatma Ghandi


How we began

The inspiration for Cornerstone Valley grew out of our founders’ experience caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Both Carly and Nick served this population for several years as direct care staff at residential facilities. After college, Nick managed two residential homes for a year, and then shifted to helping this population as a caseworker for the next 3.5 years.

Carly and Nick witnessed first-hand the general lack of support for direct-care staff—and were inspired to do better. They also became aware of the immense need for these types of services, as families struggled to find compassionate care for a family member with ID/DD.

Driven by their faith and a deep desire to help the less fortunate, Carly and Nick established Cornerstone Valley in 2013. They opened Cornerstone’s first 24-hour care facility, The Cedar House, in Monmouth, Oregon that same year.  As of January 2024, Cornerstone Valley Employs 160 staff and operates in Polk, Marion, and Deschutes Counties, with an administrative office in down town Salem, Oregon. 

The idea behind Cornerstone Valley was both simple and radical: unleash the passion and commitment of staff, and expand our ability to serve those in greatest need.

We started by empowering and supporting our employees, who care deeply about the work. We value their ideas and relish their collaboration. We give our staff greater autonomy to try new things and improve our services. We provide ongoing training to fuel their success. And we celebrate a job well done. Within this positive environment, we foster a culture rooted in compassion, integrity and responsibility. Together, we make Cornerstone Valley greater than the sum of its parts.

By raising our standard of care, Cornerstone Valley has been able to fill the void of care for higher-need individuals who have been turned away by other residential facilities. We believe everyone deserves a chance to live in community. Our highly-trained and dedicated staff help our individuals reach their highest level of independence and experience a greater quality of life.
We thrive all together by focusing on relationships, belonging and purpose.

Much like the cornerstone in a building, Cornerstone Valley provides a foundation of support for our community.

Our Values

“Our human compassion binds us—the one to the other—not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” —Nelson Mandela
“To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” —Douglas Adams
“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home...it's your responsibility to love it, or change it.” —Chuck Palahniuk