Our vision is to create A Sanctuary for Transformation.
It is our mission Alternative Homes for Youth to transform the effects of trauma, neglect, and abuse in the lives of children. Our commitment is to respond to the needs of the community and our clients by integrating current research to create individualized treatment plans and multi-modal treatment approaches which are adaptive, vital, and effective.
Alternative Homes for Youth has been working with abused, neglected, underserved, high needs youth (and their families) since 1976. Kids come to us from all over the state of Colorado (and sometimes neighboring states) to work through their issues with drugs, or gang involvement, excessive violence, or their own victimization issues; kids whose parental rights have been terminated or kids who have jumped from foster care to foster care while their parents try to get their lives together enough to make it to a one hour weekly meeting with their own child. Some of our kids' families are still together, living at home, with both parents actively involved in their child's treatment. We work with kids who have flunked out of school or are on parole. We work with kids whose self-esteem and their hope has been so diminished that they truly believe they don't deserve to live. We work with kids-any kids-who need help. We have spent over 40 years helping these children and their families so that they-and we- may subsist in a healthier and safer community.
AHFY is a not-for-profit state-licensed mental health treatment organization dedicated to helping youth and their families find new hope and opportunity. We are a violence and victim intervention and prevention program, working with the community from a variety of angles. We have a mentoring and tracking program for adolescents involved with the Division of Youth Corrections. We conduct community-based therapy, as well as in-home therapy. On a residential level, we have a treatment center for male youth who have been abused, abusive and traumatized. We also provide independent living services and opportunities.
I came to Alternative Homes for youth and I was a pretty angry guy. I was suppose to parole from a locked facility, but instead I was told I needed a little more support on my relationship building and I would be going to Alternative Homes for Youth.
Upon arrival, I thought to myself, "This looks like a nice place". Alternative Homes for youth has an introduction with staff and peers and I found all of the peers I would be residing with to be very positive which I was not used to. And, the Youth Advisors spent a lot of time with me going over the program and I was feeling very comfortable.
Alternative Homes for Youth therapists have a way of teaching that I better understand than in my prior placements. I have been working on Offense Specific treatment, DBT, Healthy Relationships and Art Therapy.
I have learned many new skills at Alternative Homes for youth. Here I cooked a meal for the first time in my life and learned how to properly do my laundry. Once a week we make a home-cooked meal where we choose recipes, purchase ingredients, prep and cook. Pumpkin pie and chicken and dumplings were the most recent. It is nice to look forward to that.
The school program feels very much like going to a regular high school and I enjoy it. I was supposed to leave Alternative Homes for Youth in December, but I have been given the opportunity to stay for two extra months to finish my credits and graduate. I made the choice to stay to give myself a better start when I leave. I still can't believe that I made that choice and it feels good.
It has been great here and I really appreciate the help.