Karis, Inc.

A nonprofit organization

$75,584 raised by 139 donors

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Your donation helps homeless youth ages 13-24 in Mesa County, Colorado receive the services and support they need to transition out of homelessness and into self-sufficiency. 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

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

Since 2012, Karis has been serving young people who find themselves houseless. That year, we opened The House, an emergency shelter for homeless youth ages 13-20. Over the past eleven years, Karis established a comprehensive set of programs and services for this population: we now offer emergency shelter, transitional housing, transitional housing for survivors of intimate partner violence, permanent supportive housing, street outreach, and mental health services to homeless youth ages 13-24. Karis remains the only homeless youth services provider in our region, and many of our programs have received recognition for excellence. Laurel House, our permanent supportive housing program, won the Eagle Award for outstanding design in affordable housing, and our mental health program was recognized at a national conference. Finally, Karis has established creative partnerships in the community that help us better serve homeless youth, including partnerships with the School District and with mental health providers.

Organization Data


Organization name

Karis, Inc.

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Housing & Shelter

Organization Size

Large Organization


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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