Minnesota Day One Crisis Hotline

About Us

Safe families. Empowered survivors. Strong youth.


Our Mission

Cornerstone’s continuum of service helps to create communities where individuals and families are safe and children thrive. We advocate, educate and lead the way to social change.

Our Goal

Cornerstone’s ultimate goal is to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and general crime. Safe and stable futures are possible when we coordinate an effective crisis response, implement trauma-informed support services, mitigate the impact of violence on children and youth, and confront the roots of violence.

Our Philosophy

We are committed to a society in which violence in families and relationships no longer exists. Domestic violence, sexual violence, dating violence and human trafficking are crimes. They are a violation of human rights. The use of violence is a choice and can be prevented. All community members have a responsibility to confront the roots of violence and eliminate oppression.

Value Statement

Cornerstone is defined by its core values:

  • Survivor Centered
    We advocate a survivor centered and empowerment approach.
  • Child and Youth Focused
    In all that we do, we ensure children and youth are validated, respected, and heard.
  • Honor and Respect
    We honor and respect differences in age, culture, experience, gender identity, abilities, immigration status, race, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.
  • Understanding
    We recognize and understand the traumatic impact violence has on adults, children, and communities. We meet those we serve where they are in terms of their lived experience, relationship with others and self-identity.
  • Collaborative
    We work cooperatively with individuals and organizations that share our philosophy.
  • Voice for Change
    We advocate and educate systems and institutions on issues of violence and oppression.
  • Volunteerism
    We believe in the value of volunteers and their ability to strengthen, support, and enhance our services.
  • Teamwork
    We celebrate our accomplishments and support each other as staff, volunteers, and board members.

Participant Rights and Responsibilities

Participants of Cornerstone have certain rights and responsibilities. Read the Cornerstone Participant Rights and Responsibilities by clicking here.

It is the policy of Cornerstone Advocacy Services to ensure that people served by our program have the right to respectful and responsive services. We are committed to providing a simple grievance process for the people served in our programs and their authorized or legal representatives to bring grievances forward and have them resolved in a timely manner. “Grievance” means a concern about any matter including, but not limited to, the quality of care, services provided, program policies, program procedures, staff, or the facilities. Read the Cornerstone Participant Grievance Policy by clicking here.