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Our mission is to build a safer rural Minnesota for children, women and men.  We are dedicated to empowering crime victims, promoting healthy relationships, preventing assault and abuse, and providing education, parenting time and crisis nursery services.

Who We Are
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Check out our past newsletters below.

Spring 2014

Fall 2013


Check out our past newspaper articles below.

Crisis Nursery Press Release.

Response to “For the kids: Group working on special endeavor.” Letter to the Editor.

Child Advocacy Center Press Release.

“Your body, your weapon.” Letter to the Editor.

Check out these available dowloads below.

Use these practical Role Play Scenarios as an aid in giving your children the skills and knowledge to avoid sexual predators.

Use these practical Role Play Scenarios as an aid in giving your children the skills and knowledge to avoid sexual predators.

How Old is Old Enough to be Left Home Alone?

Past Events

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes - Take Back the Night - Denim Day on April 18, 2012 - more info to come! 


Larry Schaefer Events

On April 11th and 12th, 2011, New Horizons Crisis Center hosted the attorney, Larry Schaefer. Larry Schaefer handled the first sexual harassment case certified as a class action, Jenson v. Eveleth Mines. This case was the subject of the book CLASS ACTION: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case that Changed Sexual Harassment Law and the 2005 Movie North Country starring Charlize Theron. Larry spoke to numerous community members during his two-day stay in Southwest Minnesota, including presenting to the Redwood Falls Rotary Club, Marshall Noon Rotary Club, Redwood Valley High School, Southwest Minnesota State University students and at a community event. Following the community event, New Horizons hosted its third annual Take Back the Night.


Little Red Bookshelf

Thirteen Little Red bookshelves were placed around the Marshall area in April of 2011 during Child Abuse Prevention Month. The bookshelves recirculate children's books back into the community where they are made available for families to reuse at no cost. Children are invited to bring home a book to keep or share. The goal is to make businesses and agencies in the Marshall area more child-friendly while families wait for services. The Little Red Bookshelf project was a community effort lead by the Help Us Grow Council. New Horizons Crisis Center is the fiscal host for the Help Us Grow Council. 

Mock Trial

On March 1st, 2011 a mock trial was hosted by Lyon County SMART and performed by members of the Southwest Minnesota State University Theater and Marshall Area Stage Company as a way to bring awareness to sexual assault. Just prior to the mock court proceeding, twelve audience members were chosen as jurors in a case involving a doctor accused of rape. This mock trial was the first event of its kind and the jury of nine women and three men unanimously found the doctor guilty of rape.


Diaper Drive

As the cost of basic needs rises and unemployment worsens, many families face the difficult choice between providing food and housing or diapers for their babies. In families that are struggling to make ends meet, babies often spend the entire day or longer in a single diaper. Without clean diapers, babies are too uncomfortable and sometimes too unhealthy to play and learn. New Horizons Crisis Center’s Crisis Nursery program and Western Community Action partnered together to host a Diaper Drive to help families meet these basic diaper needs in December of 2010. This first diaper drive was successful with numerous churches, the U.S. Bank Angel Tree and individuals donating diapers and wipes to support local families.


Webinar Trainings

On November 22nd and December 2nd, 2010, Denise Kerkhoff and Elaine Ladwig presented webinar trainings to medical and law enforcement professionals on “Effectively Identifying and Responding to Victims of Sexual Violence.”  Dr. Sheri Bergeron and Sergeant Paul Schnell were co-presenters. With additional funding from the United Way of Southwest Minnesota, New Horizons became one of the first sexual assault programs to ever utilize webinar technology for professional trainings. Over forty professionals have completed the webinar trainings.  As summarized by one of the webinar attendees: “The webinar provided our department an economically and efficient way of obtaining valuable training in these difficult economic times.  I am hopeful there will be additional training provided through the webinar method in the future.”



New Horizons Crisis Center wishes to recognize and express our appreciation to those who have given grants, donations, time or other goods to aid in our mission of helping crime victims and their loved ones. Below is a list of funders that have given $3,000 or more to our agency. For a complete list of our agency’s funding sources or if you would like to become a donor, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 507.532.5764.   

Office of Justice Programs: Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Violence Against Women’s Act

Otto Bremer Foundation

United Way of Southwest Minnesota

Redwood County United Way

Southwest Health and Human Services

Redwood County Human Services

Redwood County Public Health Services

Southwest Initiative Foundation








Agency Statistics

Statistics are from our last fiscal year, July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011.

Abused Children — 245 victims served. We worked with children and their families who had been abused physically, sexually, emotionally, verbally and/or neglected. We also worked with adults who were abused as children.

Crisis Nursery — 43 guardians and 72 children served; 317 placements provided for a total of 2,396.75 hours and 50 overnight stays; 16 guardians were offered parenting education.  We enabled families in crisis to voluntarily place their children with a crisis care provider. We provided information and referrals, in addition to parental support and education through this service.

General Crime — 367 victims served. We worked with victims of general crimes. This meant that our services helped someone if they were a victim of a physical assault, harassment, stalking, identity theft, attempted murder, male victims of intimate partner violence, in addition to other crime victimizations.

Parenting Time — 46 guardians and 72 children served; 737 parenting times scheduled and 446 occurred; 32 safe exchanges scheduled and 21 occurred. We provided a safe, positive and neutral environment for children and their non-custodial parent(s) to have parenting time or safe exchange.

Prevention and Professional Education — provided 310 community educational presentations to 12,001 participants; provided 37 professional presentations to 887 participants. We offered educational programs to area schools, professionals and community groups regarding crime-related topics. Program topics included boundaries, bullying, child abuse, family violence, internet safety, mandated reporting, personal body safety, sexual assault/abuse, sexual harassment and more. 

Sexual Assault — 188 victims served. Our role was to be an advocate/support person for the rape or sexual assault victim and their families; this included victims of partner rape, acquaintance rape, date rape, stranger rape, gang rape, ritualistic rape or any form of sexual assault. We also addressed sexual harassment and hostile work environment issues.

Mission & History


Our mission is to build a safer rural Minnesota for children, women and men.  We are dedicated to empowering crime victims, promoting healthy relationships, preventing assault and abuse, and providing education, parenting time and crisis nursery services.


New Horizons Crisis Center works with individuals and families who have been victimized by crime, while also providing preventative and educational services. We believe that being a victim can be an ongoing, life-altering experience. We are committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment through listening, advocating, and empowering our victims to transition from victim to survivor. New Horizons Crisis Center is dedicated to the cause of reducing and preventing crime in rural Minnesota. We strive to maintain this philosophy to the best of our abilities.


Established in 1981 as a community-based sexual assault program, New Horizons Crisis Center (NHCC) is the only agency of its kind in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, and Redwood counties of Southwest Minnesota. NHCC remained a community-based sexual assault program until the mid-nineties when Abused Children and General Crime services were added to programming in 1994 and a Parenting Time program in 1996. Focusing on family services, the Crisis Nursery program was added in 1999. NHCC further works towards criminal justice systems change and formed the Lyon County Sexual Assault Multidisciplinary Action Response Team (SMART) in 2009. Professional and prevention education has always remained a priority for NHCC, which we advertise as a separate service. In 2002, NHCC began contracting with Redwood County Public Health Service to offer its Relationship Series program within its educational programming services and in 2010 began contracting with Southwest Health and Human Services to offer the program in five other Southwestern counties, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, and Rock.