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Meet Christopher Scott of Cornerstone ILS in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Scott.

Christopher, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started in this field of work over 15 years ago. It happened unknowingly upon my return from playing football in Europe. A friend of mine told me about an opening at the company he was working with so I applied. Turns out I was going to be working with individuals with varied physical and mental abilities. Once I started working for this company I found that I really enjoyed this work and it had been some of the most rewarding work I had done so far. I saw the opportunity to really help and mentor people. I worked with a variety of individuals of all ages and many types of limitations.

One day while working with a young man that would be categorized as a crisis case, I was trying to think of a way for him to be able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, due to the fact that he was very limited to where and when he could go out into the community, it occurred to me that in the middle of the day on a weekday, the walking/hiking trails are quiet and slow. So it began, we started walking through the various trails in Orange County. Before we knew it we started to see how greatly this changed his attitude around his home and made his parents life a bit easier. From there I started this with every individual I worked with and not only was there a change in attitude there was a physical change many times as well. Their overall lifestyle started to shift in a more positive direction. And that was what started it for me, I knew I needed to bring this philosophy of an active lifestyle into this community.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think anything worth it is meant to be easy. The idea is easy working to help individuals with physical or mental disabilities become more physically active and have a more healthy lifestyle, that should be what we all strive for.

As to getting my idea out there to get my business started, I hit a few roadblocks along the way, but each one of those forced me to push my ideas harder. Until eventually I just decided to go at it on my own, I believed in my concept and knew that this was a passion of mine and that it needed to be pursued. After 3 years of actively seeking the opportunity to start my own services, we were approved and ready to take on our own individuals.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Cornerstone ILS – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Not sure of too many people who know the Bob Marley song Corner Stone, where the lyrics say “The stone that the builder refuse will always be the head cornerstone.” That’s where the name generated from to me. It took a number of people refusing to back me for me to say, you may refuse this idea but it will be my companies cornerstone.

Our company works with individuals with various physical and mental limitations to reach their full potential. Where we focus on the ability not the disability. Being an athlete I know the importance of getting and staying healthy. I would report to different individuals at their homes and would sit for sometimes 8 to 10 hours just watching them to be sure they’re safe and not harming themselves or their loved ones, as out of place as that may sound, it happens.

We focus on health, healthy eating, healthy cooking, healthy living.

The thing I’m most proud of is the gratitude of the individuals and the families lives we touch. We stand differently from others because we encourage the individuals we work with to live a healthy lifestyle and we provide all our staff with a gym membership so the can take themselves and the people they work with to the gym and as a company we live it.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?

Cornerstone is focused on being the support individuals need to live independent, healthy and active lifestyles.

We would like to expand to other counties and/or states in the future. For now we are staying focused on the individuals we serve today and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in individuals lives.

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Image Credit:
Paul Ramirez; Brianne Scott

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