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Some of the Summer Staff stop and pose for a picture.
Summer Youth Program services up to 35 homeless children (ages 7-16)
in the CHF transitional housing community under the supervision of a
Summer Youth Director, two Summer Youth Counselors and two volunteers.
Twice a week for ten weeks during the summer these children participate in a variety of activities such as swimming, bowling, miniature golfing, hiking, crafting, sports, and games. The children have also visited the Denver Zoo, museums, the Colorado State Capitol, and the US Mint. They have participated in community service projects. The program offers them educational opportunities outside of the classroom and shows them how they can make a difference in their community.
This program provides the children the opportunity to enjoy activities they otherwise would not be able to afford. They are latch key kids whose parents’ are working hard to achieve self-sufficiency and do not have budgets that can afford such luxuries.
Gary Hickmon, Retired Volunteer Director of the Summer Youth Program
“For example, on a trip to a local swimming pool the lifeguard
explained the rules to the kids. No sooner had the lifeguard finished
before one of the boys jumped into the deep end, after being told they
had to pass a swimming test before going into the deep end. The boy
could not swim and the lifeguard had to go in after him. We pulled
all of our kids out of the pool. The kids learned a valuable
life lesson that day about the importance of following rules. We explained to them
that rules are not to squelch everyone’s fun, but for their protection.”
Our Mission: to provide transitional housing and supportive services for homeless families with children in the
Metro Denver area (7 counties) and to help them become self-sufficient within 18 months to two years.