Abbott House Blog
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Join us for the 11th Annual Basketball Coaches’ Lunch on Tuesday, December 6th, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman! We’re excited to be joined by Coach Lon Kruger, Coach Sherri Coale, Emcee Toby Rowland, and special guests as we celebrate mens’ and womens’ basketball success and get a sneak peak at the upcoming season. For sponsorship information, please contact Abbott House Director of Community Engagement, Chilton Purcell, at 405-579-5800 x103. For individual ticket information, see the invitation below!
Friday, May 1, 2015
As April departs, we acknowledge all those who helped us mark Child Abuse Prevention Month as an opportunity to raise awareness and educate the public about child abuse signs, how to report, and how to prevent. One-hundred of our friends agreed to wear blue ribbon lapel pins to help raise awareness. Several of them asked that they not be acknowledged, feeling that the emphasis should be on prevention rather than the individuals who participated.
We wholeheartedly thank each of the one-hundred people who wore their pins for the month.
The Mary Abbott Children's House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, Abbott House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through our doors.
Abbott House is one of approximately 750 independent Children's Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children's Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. Abbott House also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.
Although a stand alone non-profit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney's office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.
For more information on Abbott House, please call 405-579-5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Over sixty-five business professionals and friends of children’s advocacy came to the Mary Abbott Children’s House for the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s April version of Business Before Hours. The event was sponsored by FAA Credit Union.
In a brief program, FAA Credit Union President/CEO Steve Rasmussen presented stuffed animals, comfort items, and a generous check to Abbott House that had been donated by credit union employees and customers.
Business Before Hours marks the last in a series of Abbott House events designed to highlight April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Other events included a ribbon cutting to mark the end of building expansion, a series of “lunch and learn” opportunities, and a blue ribbon campaign.
Abbott House executive director Clint Williams stated, “We have had a great April this year and are so proud of the way the community has embraced our call for awareness. Child Abuse Prevention is a goal that takes massive effort and intention from all adults who are in children’s lives.”
The Mary Abbott Children’s House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, Abbott House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through our doors.
Abbott House is one of approximately 750 independent Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain, and Garvin Counties. Abbott House also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.
Although a stand alone non-profit organization, Abbott House works closely with law enforcement officers, the district attorney’s office, child protective services, mental health care professionals, and medical professionals to maintain a victim centered, child friendly atmosphere and sensibility during investigations of alleged child abuse.
For more information on Abbott House, please call 405-579-5800 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Once again, the Mary Abbott Children’s House will be the beneficiary of Old Hat’s SuperFan 5K! Abbott House joins the Norman Public School Foundation as co-beneficiaries for the third year in a row. The 5K will be held Saturday, May 16th at 8:00 a.m. to be followed by “Lil’ Duey’s Fun Run,” a one-mile run for children and adults of all ages.
Abbott House executive director Clint Williams said, “We are so pleased to be included in the fun again this year. Old Hat is a generous community partner, and we’ve enjoyed seeing this event grow.” Abbott House will host one of two water stops, and a group of board and staff members will participate in the fun run.
To register for the 3rd annual Old Hat SuperFan 5K or for more information, visit the event’s website.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Nearly a year after the Mary Abbott Children's House broke ground on a construction project, employees gathered with community leaders Wednesday for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase I.
The project was designed to create more space for multidisciplinary team efforts, said Clint Williams, Mary Abbott House executive director.
The Abbott House is a safe place for children to tell their stories after sexual or severe physical trauma, Williams said.
Although they are a stand-alone nonprofit, the organization works closely with law enforcement, the district attorney's office, child protective services, mental health and medical professionals.
Phase I included the creation of a forensic computer lab, in partnership with the Norman Police Department, and a co-located office space for NPD detectives and the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office who are specifically assigned to child abuse response.
"Many of you were in this room wearing hard hats nearly a year ago to help us get started and to get the project rolling, so it's so nice that you're able to be here today in order to see our progress," Williams said.
Briefly describing the upstairs renovations and expansion, Williams said the west side is where the traditional law enforcement area, or co-located detectives' office, is located; in the middle of that is the forensic computer lab.
"The new forensic computer system area is going to allow us to focus on a lot of the unknown crimes that occur," Norman Police Chief Kieth Humphrey said. "We'll have an opportunity to get a head start on that and work with different departments in order to track these individuals down that are putting our kids at risk."
Having the lab and offices at the advocacy center will help everyone continue working hand in hand to accomplish the goal of significantly reducing or completely wiping out these types of crimes, Humphrey said.
Monday, November 24, 2014
What started with a child’s vision to donate 10 teddy bears to the Mary Abbott Children’s House soon grew to 50, then 100 and finally almost 300 teddy bears. Truman Elementary and Truman Primary both participated in a teddy bear drive after Alison Horstkoetter, second grader at Truman Primary, came to her school counselor with an idea to give back and help children in the community.
“This is the vision of a seven-year-old girl,” said Truman Primary Counselor Suzie Price. “Her original goal was 10 teddy bears and look where we’ve come. She made posters. She counted bears. I see her as a leader with a giving heart.”
Alison, the daughter of Laura and Dustin Horstkoetter, went straight to Price and Principal Kristie Eselin with her idea, Dustin Horstkoetter explained. Horstkoetter is a detective with the Moore Police Department who volunteers with the Mary Abbott Children’s House.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In its June meeting, the members of the Mary Abbott Children’s House board of directors elected Barbara Henderson to serve the remaining term of Anne Ederington, who resigned from the board in May to relocate to another area. Barbara and her husband George are long-time Norman residents and community volunteers.
Barbara comes to the Abbott House board with a wealth of knowledge and experience, having served on the City of Norman Human Rights Commission, the Link Norman steering committee, the board of trustees for World Neighbors, and in various capacities for the Christmas Store, Possibilities, and the Xenia Institute.
Abbott House board president Kristopher Boyd said, “We are excited that Barbara will be serving with us, and we look forward to her insight and experience as we continue our vital work in the community.”
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Abbott House recently celebrated its building expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony and reception. Board members, staff members, agency heads, and members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce were on hand to mark the occasion and donned special Abbott House hard hats before posing for photos.
The building expansion has been in the planning stages for the last 18 months and when completed will house the Child Victims Unit, a conference room, a forensic computer lab, and additional program space for forensic interviews. Expansion is taking place in the upper floor of the building addition that was constructed in 2008. When completed, the building will contain 1,500 square feet of repurposed space.
Executive Director Clint Williams said, “this ceremony marks the beginning of a process we have waited several months to see. Our building expansion will give us the opportunity to serve more children and increase our collective efforts in the community. Through our shared work, we hope to make the process easier for children who have been in a situation of abuse.”
Members of the multidisciplinary team that responds to child abuse include: the Mary Abbott Children’s House, Norman Police Department, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Bethesda, the Center for Children and Families, Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health, and the Oklahoma Juvenile Authority.
Funding for the expansion project was provided in part by a grant from Sarkeys Foundation.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Abbott House was recently the beneficiary of a nearly $8,000 gift from IBSeaside, one of four mock companies created through the University of Oklahoma Integrated Business Core program (IBC). Students get hands-on, real-world training through IBC. Brainstorming and market analysis, managing employees, the legal implications of business transactions, selling products, and closing the books on the last sale are all skills learned in the IBC program. All profits go to local non-profit agencies along with ‘sweat equity’ of up to 500 hours of community service each semester.
IBSeaside designed and marketed a beach towel just in time for spring break. Companies formed through this program have donated their profits of over $1 million to local charities since it started in 1995. It has also donated over 48,000 hours of community service. The faculty dedicated to this program are working to provide a practical application to the education of OU/Price College business students.
Abbott House Executive Director Clint Williams stated, “We were thrilled to be selected as an IBC beneficiary this year. The students worked hard and achieved impressive results as they learned the ins and outs of starting a new business and successfully marketing a product. I’m particularly impressed with the philanthropic tie in that IBC includes as a major feature of the program.”
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
After serving fourteen years in an extraordinary six-term tenure, Anne Ederington departed the Mary Abbott Children’s House board at the conclusion of its May 2014 meeting. Ederington began her relationship with the Abbott House board in 1998 when the agency was in its infancy and has been integral to every stage of development along the way.
Board President Kristopher Boyd stated, “Anne’s departure is bittersweet for us. While we wish her and her husband, Lou, well as they relocate to Atlanta, we will miss her presence, her insight, and her bubbling laughter in our board meetings. People like Anne only come along once in a great while, and we feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work side by side with her for so long.”
At a reception for Anne and Lou held in mid-April, endowment committee chair Trudy Sickles announced the creation of a new legacy giving society named for the Ederingtons. The Anne and Louis Ederington Society recognizes individuals who have designated Abbott House as a beneficiary in bequests, annuities, or other assets. Through this society, the Abbott House endowment will grow and eventually fund general operations and administrative costs of the agency.
Best wishes to Anne and Lou as they begin their new adventure!