Collage of Photos from Rogers location
2018 was a monumental year for CornerHouse in so many ways. In early 2018, we were able to amplify our impact by successfully launching our first satellite office in Rogers, MN. This launch is a major reason why CornerHouse was able to complete 529 forensic interviews in 2018 which is the second most of any year in our history. Commenting on our work in 2018, CornerHouse’s Executive Director, Mitzi Nelson Hobot, said, “We’re honored that the community has continued to put their trust in us to conduct trauma-informed forensic interviews in cases of abuse. While we are disheartened at the growing need for our services, we are optimistic in that more folks are seeking healing and justice after a traumatic event in their life.”
As the number of interviews we have conducted has grown, so too has our Family Services programming, which helps families get back on their feet after a disclosure of abuse. In 2018, we provided interview accompaniment and follow up for nearly 350 new families, legal system navigation and mental health case management for more than 175 families, and therapy for 115 individuals. This has been a part of our programmatic goal to expand mental health services to meet the tremendous need of our clients and address the lack of mental health services related to sexual abuse in our community. We currently offer a 10-week counseling course for children and non-offending caregivers, a monthly drop-in group counseling session for caregivers, and just this year have started offering play therapy. By offering a range of mental health services, we are ensuring that the most vulnerable populations are able to receive the therapeutic services needed to continue the healing process.
Our Training Program has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the community and expand/develop the field of forensic interviewing. Training is an essential contribution to the field, as we know that child-centered, trauma-informed interviewing puts the child’s needs first within the context of an investigation. In 2018, we trained 685 professionals nationally and internationally in forensic interviewing, collecting minimal facts, mandated reporting, interviewing vulnerable adults, and other customized trainings. Our Training Program has tremendous potential for future trainings based on our organization’s growing expertise in mental health services for people affected by trauma and violence.
By laying the groundwork for increasing our capacity with our Rogers location and expanding our Family Services programming in 2018, 2019 promises to be a massive year for CornerHouse, which is fitting because it is also our 30th Anniversary. “CornerHouse has played an integral part in keeping our community safe for the past 30 years, and we’ll grow that impact in the next 30 years by healing those who have been hurt and getting them back on their feet,” remarked Mitzi. We look forward to continuing to partner with you, our supporters, in 2019 and beyond in our work to provide healing and justice for folks who have experienced trauma.