Our Mission is to Strengthen Colorado Communities One Family at a Time!
Founded in 1927 in Denver, Colorado, by the widely-respected educator and philanthropist Miss Emily Griffith, Griffith Centers provided shelter, counseling and work experience to boys who were forced to survive alone on the streets because they had no homes, no families, and no place else to go. What began as a short-term shelter has evolved into a wide range of residential and community-based programs, providing therapeutic and educational services to abused and neglected children and their families throughout Colorado.
In 1980, Griffith Centers moved south to a 100-acre ranch in a quiet setting close to Larkspur - where we continue to assist a large number of boys and young men from the Denver area. We also expanded our residential treatment facilities in 1999 to serve youth in Colorado Springs at our location on North Farragut Avenue. In 2002, Griffith merged with CHINS UP (Children In Need of Supervision), a nonprofit that was established in 1974 in Colorado Springs to provide home- and community-based services to children and families in crisis.
During the past 86 years, we have helped over 31,000 at-risk children gain healing today and hope for tomorrow.
Griffith Centers provides assistance to Colorado residents in greatest need of human services. Our programs operate 247, twelve months a year. Through our in-home programs, we serve residents in 32 counties statewide, including those from the Denver-metropolitan area. Through our residential treatment site in Colorado Springs, we specialize in a full continuum of therapeutic treatment and academic services for young victims of severe abuse and neglect.
Each year more than 1,500 Colorado children and their families find the help they need at Griffith Centers. Approximately 90% of those we serve are low-income, uninsured, and Medicaid eligible.
We are licensed by the State of Colorado to serve children from 0 - 21 years of age. Currently, we provide daily therapeutic and academic treatment for 70 children and adolescents each month - 40 in residential care and up to 30 in our day treatment programs. In addition, our Home- and Community-Based services, including Family Preservation, assist approximately 700 children and their family members each month.
Outcome studies show that our program effectiveness continues to average 80%, and in a recent agency evaluation, Griffith's overall score was 3.88 (on a 4.0 scale) in client satisfaction.
Each year at Griffith Centers, we serve as a "beacon of hope" for children and families who are in crisis. We are pleased to point out a success rate of 70% with children who have been in out-of-home placement up to six times prior to coming into our care. We can also point to our success rate of more than 80% with families receiving individualized therapy and treatment in our statewide, community-based Family Preservation program.
One of the at-risk children we recently helped is Brad (not his real name), and this is a message we received from his mom:
"I want to extend my most heartfelt gratitude to Griffith Centers for all they did for my son, Brad. They took a chance on him when no one else wanted to take them into their programs but Griffith saw something in this lost boy and knew that Brad deserved a second chance. Brad needed exactly what Griffith Centers provided; structure, discipline, responsibility, accountability, camaraderie, and a chance to succeed. While at Griffith, Brad got his GED and finished his first year of college. He also held his first job and started a sober life. These are huge milestones in his young life and without GCC none of this would have happened in Brad's 17th year. Brad now has a summer job, his driving permit and will be registering for his second year of college. He is living with his father and occasionally stays with me. We could not have imagined any of this would have been possible less than two years ago. My family and I will be forever grateful to Griffith Centers for Children for recognizing a young man who needed someone to believe he could be more and do more and to take his hand and lead him. "