Licensing: Dale House is licensed as a Residential Child Care Facility by the State of Colorado for 20 youth, ages 16-21. Because our program focuses on independent living, the primary age we serve is ages 17-19.
One-on-One Mentoring: Staff help our young people to assess their needs and strengths and set realistic goals. Residents are held accountable for using their time productively in a school and/or work setting and achieving specific goals.
Dale House Urban Garden (DHUG): The DHUG offers residents vocational training focused around community recycling, contract work and garden work. Residents gain work experience and temporary income while looking for full time employment.
Education: The Dale House provides an academic curriculum to meet the individual needs of our residents, whether upgrading skills to pass the GED, gaining assistance in completing a high school diploma, or assistance in course studies at the local community college or trade school.
Independent Living Preparation: Residents complete 12 packets which covers life skills such as budgeting, banking, shopping, menu planning, cooking, etc. Our Educational/Vocational Coordinator also facilitates psycho-educational groups which concentrate on emancipation and interpersonal skills.
Transitional Living Apartments: As residents progress and meet their individual goals, they move into transitional living apartments. Two apartments are designed to provide practical experience for the skills taught in the packets and groups. Developing these skills becomes the final step toward the resident’s goal of independent living.
Outreach and Aftercare: Our Transition Specialist provides direction, support and assistance to DYS youth before, during, and after placement at the Dale House. In addition, Team Leaders plan weekly activities to promote community and provide continued support. On Wednesday evenings, former residents and friends are welcomed to join us for a meal and a community-building activity. This group also gathers on Sunday evenings for fellowship and refreshments. Staff give practical talks based on the Christian faith to encourage self-examination of life direction and attitudes.