In May of 1999, a coalition of service providers from Colorado Springs, led by the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities Marian House, and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful, approached Urban Peak, a Denver shelter and drop-in center for homeless youth, and asked the agency to implement a program in Colorado Springs. With support from eight agencies that serve homeless people, Urban Peak completed a feasibility study, conducted a street count to identify homeless youth, and met with numerous providers, the Police, and the Department of Human Services to evaluate the need for services.
Urban Peak Colorado Springs (UPCS) was incorporated in 2000 after identifying a need to provide services for runaway and homeless youth in the Pikes Peak region. At that time, UPCS provided services out of offices located at the Marian House Soup Kitchen, another Colorado Springs non-profit agency. In 2003, UPCS purchased a centrally-located property southeast of downtown Colorado Springs to address the community need for emergency shelter and housing options for teens and young adults. Our new multi-purpose location, called THE Place, opened in December 2004. UPCS remains the only organization in El Paso and Teller counties that provides shelter and needed services to homeless and runaway youth and young adults.