In October of 2014, I joined Cornerstone and began one of the richest experiences of my life. I have felt so fortunate to be a part of this incredible organization and have witnessed firsthand the enormous and positive impact we have been having on individuals and children across our community. But now, nine years later, I have made the decision to step down and retire by the end of this year.
Since I first joined Cornerstone, so much has been accomplished that has brought deeper and expanded services to our participants. In addition to our emergency shelter; school-based prevention; legal and community advocacy; and clinical mental health services, new programs and services have been developed.
Some have included:
- Our Day One statewide call center – now responding to over 34,000 crisis calls from across Minnesota annually.
- Our General Crime advocacy services began for those impacted by crimes beyond domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. And Cornerstone became the designated service provider for Minnesota Crime Victim Emergency Funds across the state.
- Our Rapid Rehousing services as well as asset-building and economic empowerment work has resulted in longer term stabilization for our families.
- Our organizational infrastructure has been strengthened to support our broader array of services by expanding our accounting and finance department; our human resources department; and embedding stronger evaluation and data reporting metrics across the agency.
We are proud of the work done by our staff and appreciate the dedicated donors and volunteers over these past years who have made all of this, and more, possible. As many of you know, we are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. What I can tell you with certainty is… the success of this organization rests with all of us; with those who have come before us; and those who will lead into the future.
Currently, our committed Board of Directors and search committee are working closely with an executive search firm to ensure that the most capable individual is located and hired to lead the agency forward. I, too, will be actively involved and invested in doing all I can to ensure that a supportive and effective transition takes place. As the process progresses, additional information will be forthcoming and available on our website.
Until then, I look forward to continuing our work together to improve the lives of those impacted by violence and abuse. Thank you for your partnership and your commitment to Cornerstone’s mission.