To listen and offer hope and healing to those silenced by trauma and violence.
CornerHouse is a great community resource that is on the frontlines of child abuse; assuring that the voices of children, adolescents, and vulnerable adults are heard. CornerHouse is also valued as an industry resource; teaching and sharing best practices, observations, and techniques in forensic interviewing.
Founded in 1989, CornerHouse is anaccredited Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) that coordinates multi-disciplinary teams to assist each child and family and offers services that are designed to minimize trauma to child victims of abuse, to provide support and assistance to the entire family, and to hold offenders accountable.
CornerHouse was founded as a private, non-profit organization in public-private partnership with Hennepin County Attorney's Office, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, suburban Hennepin County police departments, Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Hennepin County Medical Center and Children's Hospitals and Clinics-Minneapolis.
CornerHouse is an amazing organization to volunteer for! The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful, the organization is organized and has a strong mission, and the work is rewarding! I volunteered at the Let's Dance Event 2014, and it was an amazing experience! I would wholeheartedly recommend CornerHouse as a place to volunteer!
Corner House is a welcoming and meaningful place to volunteer for. Their staff not only care and have passion for their job but also they make sure that your time is well spend.
Corner House mission and services are worth the time one volunteer. I definitely recommend it as a place for volunteering.
I recently moved to Minneapolis and I have been volunteering since September 2014 at CornerHouse. The people are really nice. I feel welcome and the environment is really good. The supervisor is very helpful and teaches you how to do the tasks. I recommend CornerHouse because it is a great place to volunteer!
I started volunteering with CornerHouse at the beginning of October 2014 as an Administrative Volunteer. I have never felt more welcome at an organization, and I thoroughly felt my work there was well appreciated. There was not a single day I volunteered where I was not thanked as I walked out the door for my contributions. Not only does CornerHouse sincerely appreciate their employees and volunteers, they also go above and beyond to give vulnerable children and adults a second chance at the life they deserve.
I began volunteering here in October, 2014 as a Family Services Mentee to Abbie Bolkcom-Smith, the Family Services Director. I had interviewed dozens of professionals in the non-profit/social work field, and as a high school student I was very interested in learning more about CornerHouse. I've help with research in presentations, child care before/during/after Forensic Interviews, and child care during Support Groups. CornerHouse is a CAC that is always evolving to better fit community's needs of an Child Advocacy Center. Everyone here is friendly, flexible, approachable, and more than willing to share their knowledge and lend an ear, even to a high school student like myself. I will be here until the end of May, 2015.
I have been a volunteer at the annual Cornerhouse Twins event for 3 years now and I absolutely love it. The main reason is that it gives me the opportunity to support a very worthy organization in its fundraising efforts; it is a "good deed" to commit to, and it is acknowledged as such by everyone at Cornerhouse. The other reason is that it's fun! There are a variety of different tasks to attend to during a Twins event, from setting up tables, to coordinating on the silent auctions, and I'm always glad to be a part of such an enthusiastic group of people. Basically it doesn't feel like a burden, and whenever I'm done I'm glad I participated. Oh, and I will definitely be back for the 2015 Twins event as well!!
CornerHouse has been my favorite place at which to volunteer. Not only is their vision of every child being heard an amazing goal to have, the people that I get to work with are so real and so friendly. I was drawn to CornerHouse because of that vision, but I continue to volunteer there because of the love and support I receive every time I step through the doors. I have been given a variety of tasks, my favorite being helping out at forensic interview trainings. At these trainings volunteers are able to see first hand how the interview process works. I feel valued when I volunteer at CornerHouse, and I am looking forward to future volunteer opportunities.
CornerHouse treats my volunteer work professionally yet with personal care. They allow me flexibility if I have conflicts. I am given a variety of tasks so it is not repetitive. The staff is excellent and friendly. They have good coffee and sometimes bubble gum for the volunteers. I think CornerHouse is great.
Not only does CornerHouse care about the well-being of the children and vulnerable adults in Minneapolis, but CornerHouse cares about its employees, interns, and volunteers. Everyone is friendly, and passionate about giving children who have experienced or witnessed abuse a voice. Great atmosphere and you will gain valuable experiences!
I have volunteered with numerous organizations throughout the years and the CornerHouse staff has been the most welcoming, helpful and appreciative. The services that CornerHouse provides to the community is invaluable and I am honored to do my small part to put children first in such a heartbreaking situation.
I have loved my experience at CornerHouse. I realize that they work with a difficult population, but someone needs to help these kids. There are some great people on staff and they were more than willing to help me learn and advance my skills. It is a wonderful place to volunteer.
by Kathleen M. from Roseville, MN(February 5, 2015)
CornerHouse is an amazing resource in the effort against child abuse. As a parent and an advocate for children, volunteering at CornerHouse has allowed me to see the impact of not only listening to children and believing them, but of documenting stories of abuse so that justice may be served. When I sit with a child who is waiting to be interviewed, it is my job to be a nonthreatening adult who can engage that child in safe play or conversation, and help them be comfortable. When I watch the interviewers introduce themselves, I know that the child is going to be in the best possible environment for telling what happened and allowing someone to help them. This is what caring adults do: assist and protect the children around us so they can become caring adults themselves. CornerHouse does not look the other way. Their staff is dedicated and thorough.
I have a personal interest in children that have been sexually abused and I'm thrilled to know that there is a place for these little ones to get help and begin the long, horrible process of healing, if possible.
It lifts my soul to be a positive person in a childs life, if even for an hour!