CornerHouse hosted its annual fundraiser at the Golden Valley Country Club this week. It is hard to describe the emotional impact of attending this event and listening to parents and children tell their stories of abuse and struggles of lifelong healing on the other side of tragedy. The stories also bring forward key points that abuse is happening in almost every neighborhood and community and many times it is people very close to the children and not strangers. We must all be aware of this and watch for the signs. The courage of these individuals to get up and share their experience is amazing. The need to drive awareness to these issues is paramount as is the work that CornerHouse does everyday.
The event grew quite a bit in size from last years topping around 400 people in attendance and more who likely donated but couldn’t make the event. Several families and police force units announced contributions of over $5000 dollars to the cause. The event opened with an overview of the crisis that included over 20,000 incidents of child abuse reported in Minnesota last year. This not only impacts the children but the entire family. CornerHouse has expanded into family services over the years to meet the needs of the family in concrete with the core mission of supporting the children. The also provide critical interviewing services with the children to support the police in the prosecution of the predators involved in the crimes. CornerHouse is also known worldwide for having some of the best approaches and processes to this space. They have trained centers like themselves in every county in Minnesota, every state in the US, and in many countries around the world.
Being deeply embedded in the community is critical in the operations of these type of support centers. CornerHouse recently announced its expansion from Hennepin into the Rodgers area. Expanding their reach is fantastic but will bring new challenges in terms of scale, bandwidth, and overall risk of sustainability. This is where they need the support of funding from all of us. They are also looking for a new Executive Director to lead in the development of the next chapter of the organization. This person needs to be both visionary and with a strong business background as CornerHouse has tremendous opportunities to grow from a small local service provider into a national and global leader on many business fronts. If you know of qualified business people that would be interested in this new role, please connect them with the organization and their talent search firm of CohenTaylor.
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