By: Renee Grant
A Seattle-based non-profit, Childhaven, dedicated to helping children and their families deal with trauma has received an incredible gift from the widow of Chris Cornell through their charitable organization The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. A donation of $100,000 was made to establish the Chris Cornell Music Therapy Program. The donation, made today (July 20), marks what would have been the rockers 53rd birthday.
“The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation is excited to join Childhaven to support its extraordinary work impacting the lives of those in need,” Vicky Cornell said. “Chris and I always shared a strong belief in the healing and inspiring power of music, and through Childhaven’s establishment of this program, we are able to keep the promise for Chris by continuing to protect the world’s most vulnerable children.”
The organization uses varying methods and learning initiatives to help young children learn to deal with traumatic experiences such as abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and chemical dependency.
Brian Vogan, a Seattle musician who runs the music therapy program says, “Because of what they’ve experienced, a lot of children come to Childhaven struggling with anger and other overwhelming emotions. Being able to beat on drums is really helpful for them. Other kids are very shy, and music helps to bring them out of their shell.”
CEO of Childhaven Jon Botten, says of the program, “We’re honored to preserve Chris Cornell’s memory with this program. Music has the power to engage, to delight, and to heal. Thanks to the Chris & Vicky Cornell Foundation, more of our most vulnerable children will be able to use music to build the resilience they need to reach their full potential.”
Previously, the Cornells donated to the program in 2013. The program will be open to children from birth to the age of five years old.