Timeline

1988

  • Urban Peak formed by concerned citizens of the Capital Hill United Neighborhoods as a drop-in center for youth.
  • Gary Sanford assumes the role of Urban Peak’s first CEO.

1992

  • Urban Peak expands to incorporate an overnight shelter at St. Paul’s Methodist Church, called “Urban Peak at St. Paul’s.”

1994

  • The Spot, a night time drop-in center for at-risk youth, is founded after the Summer of Violence. (Urban Peak and the Spot will later merge in 2003).

1995

  • Roxane White is named CEO of Urban Peak.
  • Urban Peak launches Education program, offering GED preparation classes.

1996

  • A capital campaign is launched to build the Shelter and meet increasing demand for homeless youth services.

1997

  • The “Homeless Youth Act” is signed at Urban Peak, formally recognizing homeless youth as a class of citizen
  • Urban Peak receives funding to support the purchase of Rowan Gardens.

1998

  • Urban Peak’s current Shelter opens and all primary Urban Peak operations move to S. Acoma.
  • Urban Peak Housing Corporation is established as a separate 501(c)(3) and an affiliate of Urban Peak.
  • Rowan Gardens, Urban Peak’s first housing program is established.
  • Urban Peak establishes an on-site alternative school at the Shelter in collaboration with Denver Public Schools.

1999

  • Urban Peak becomes the first licensed homeless youth shelter in the State of Colorado.
  • Urban Peak launches a formal case management program for youth.

2000

  • Urban Peak Colorado Springs is established (drop-in center, street outreach and case management).
  • Urban Peak’s launches its annual gala, Maverick Thinkers.

2001

  • Urban Peak offers housing to youth through the Rocky Mountain Youth Housing program in partnership with Denver Department of Human Services.

2003

  • Urban Peak merges with The Spot, an urban night time drop-in center for youth.
  • Urban Peak’s STAR Housing program is launched.
  • Plates for the Peak, a fundraiser for Urban Peak launched by the owners of Vesta Dipping Grill, Steuben’s and Ace Eat Serve, is started.

2004

  • Urban Peak Colorado Springs opens a 20-bed overnight shelter called THE Place.
  • Regina Huerter is named CEO of Urban Peak.

2005

  • Urban Peak affiliates in Denver (Urban Peak, Urban Peak Housing Corporation, and The Spot) consolidate into one organization, Urban Peak Denver. Governance is restructured to form one Board of Directors.

2007

  • Kay Ramachandran is named CEO of Urban Peak.

2008

  • Urban Peak completes Shelter expansion.

2011

  • Urban Peak completes first phase of renovations at the Spot.

2012

  • Kimberle Easton is named CEO of Urban Peak.
  • Urban Peak launches its annual Career Fair for youth.
  • Urban Peak finalizes purchase of the apartments on Ogden, home to the Rocky Mountain Youth Housing program.

2013

  • Urban Nights, a fundraiser for Urban Peak launched by the Joseph Family Foundation, is started.
  • The Park Burger Golf Tournament is also started.

2014

  • The building that houses Rocky Mountain Youth Housing Program is purchased by Urban Peak and comprehensive renovations are complete.
  • Trauma Informed Care begins implementation agency wide.

2015

  • Urban Peak is named “Large Nonprofit of the Year” by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

2016

  • Peak Thrift, a social enterprise of Urban Peak, opens to further Urban Peak’s mission by providing employment, clothing and household items for youth, and funding.