Clear Creek Rock House

A nonprofit organization

Many children of Clear Creek County live in low income, transient households and have parents or caregivers who work long hours away from home in the gaming, mining and construction industries.  In April of 1999, the need for a youth outreach program was identified by the families and community leaders of Clear Creek County. A year long process, involving fifteen churches, the Department of Human Services and Clear Creek Department of Health, led to the doors of the Rock House Teen Center opening in September of 2000. We are implementing the best and most promising practices of youth outreach, collaborating with city and county organizations to meet the needs of teens in Clear Creek County.


"You have given me the greatest gift anyone could give me - the gift to see a new life."  Clear Creek Rock House mentee

"Many of the young people in our county do not have a traditional home environment. The young people who have mentors from the Rock House tend to be more grounded regarding problem solving, making positive choices, envisioning their future and recognizing the importance of being a citizen in one's community. The tutoring services at the Rock House are beyond important to our county and our school district."   Daniel Winkler MA, Special Education Teacher, Clear Creek High School


The mission of the Clear Creek Rock House is to provide our teens a safe, supervised place where they can recreate and receive life skills training from caring adults so that they graduate from high school and become successful adults. The Rock House does this through one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, community service, after school programs and special events.

Background Statement

In April of 1999, civic and government entities determined there was a significant need in Clear Creek County to provide the county's teenagers a safe, supervised meeting place. Community leaders responded and began a youth outreach program, which became The Rock House, named by the youths themselves. Homelessness and abandonment, impending school failure, involvement with the juvenile justice system, family crises including divorce, violence, substance abuse, poverty and untreated mental health issues all create stress and risk factors for our community's young people, many of whom seek refuge and conversation at the Rock House.

Organization Data


Organization name

Clear Creek Rock House

other names

Rock House

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Youth Development

Organization Size

Medium Organization


542 Chicago Creek Road
Idaho Springs, CO 80452


PO Box 1256
Idaho Springs, CO 80452

Service areas

Clear Creek County, CO, US





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