Karis, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

$54,882 raised by 130 donors

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Karis serves homeless youth ages 13-24 in Mesa County, Colorado. These youth have limited access to resources to escape poverty and improve their well-being. Statistically, homeless youth are more likely to experience mental illness, suicide, substance use, and victimization, than are their housed peers. Additionally, they disproportionately identify as people of color and as LGBTQ, populations which have been historically excluded from opportunities. As the only provider of homeless youth services in Mesa County, Karis is an essential resource to helping these youth find safety, healing, and hope. 


"I have the most amazing support system through Karis, that has changed my life in the best way possible. I truly believe that Karis is one of the most special organizations that exists." Aly, former youth

"Thanks to Karis's TLP program, I no longer fear homelessness. I know I now have the skills to maintain steady housing. That is a debt I couldn't repay with my life. I love Karis and hope they are around forever." - Kayleigh, former youth

Giving Activity


Karis's mission is to eliminate long-term poverty and hopelessness by ensuring that vulnerable young people in Mesa County, ages 13-24, have access to safe and stable housing and the support needed to grow in self-sufficiency and well-being.

Background Statement

Established as a non-profit in 2009, Karis first opened Asset House, a transitional program for adults. In 2010, the Board of Directors decided to work toward establishing housing and services for homeless, unaccompanied youth ages 13-24 in our community. In 2012, Karis opened its first youth program, the House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 13-20. The House is the only licensed youth shelter between Denver and Salt Lake City. Following the House's opening, Karis started a Street Outreach Program and a transitional program called Zoe House for youth made homeless by intimate partner violence, both in 2015. In 2017, Karis opened a Transitional Living Program for homeless youth and a five-voucher permanent supportive housing program. In 2020, Karis opened Laurel House, a 34-unit permanent supportive housing program for some of our community's most vulnerable youth; this program won the Eagle Award for outstanding design in affordable housing. Amidst these accomplishments, Karis also established the Wildly Integrated Mental Health Program, which brings mental health services to youth on the streets. Finally, Karis has created partnerships with local businesses to provide supportive employment to homeless youth.

Organization Data


Organization name

Karis, Inc.

Year Established


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Housing & Shelter


720 Grand Ave
Grand Junction, CO 81501


P.O. Box 2837
Grand Junction, CO 81502

Service areas

Mesa County, CO, US



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