Emma’s House in Hamilton Moves into New Facilities
Emma's House, which has been operating since 2006 on North 2nd Street in Hamilton, has completed its move to a bigger building at 310 North 4th, formerly known as the Carriage House. A celebratory ribbon-cutting is Friday afternoon, June 8. The Open House starts at 3:30 p.m. with ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. The open house will continue until about 5:30 p.m. Montana Governor Steve Bullock is expected to attend.
The Friday event is being held to thank all the supporters who helped Emma's House offer more services to abused kids in Ravalli County. The facility has hired a family advocate and an additional mental health counselor with the goal of becoming a trauma treatment center. Another addition to the staff is a dog. Twyla comes from the Canine Companions for Independence and provides comfort to clients wherever needed. By the way, donations are always needed to help continue training of Twyla, along with the usual pet food and supplies.
Emma’s House served 17 children in its 2006. Ten years later, in 2017, 125 kids received services and care.
From the Emma's House website:
"Emma’s House is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Children’s Advocacy Center located in Hamilton, MT. Emma’s House is based on a national model wherein the investigative process for child abuse and neglect is streamlined and provided in a child-friendly setting. Emma’s House provides compassionate care to children who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. This includes sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect, as well as children who have been drug endangered."