About Urban Peak

2020 Impact Report

Dear Urban Peak Family,

We are excited to share our 2020 Impact Report, which highlights some of our work in the last year. It also includes stories about a few remarkable young people who have had an impact on our lives.

Our youth and staff do hard work. We dig in, we give grace and we find hope. The hope that permeates our programs is contagious. For me, hope comes from the resiliency I see in the rearview mirror and the opportunities on the road ahead of us.

The 1,000 youth who found their way to us in 2020 had a safe place to arrive because of the dedication of the Urban Peak family. Thank you for taking the time to read a little more about us, to celebrate the success of our youth and staff and to look forward to a brighter future for youth who are experiencing homelessness across the metro area. I hope you find the hope I see every day at Urban Peak in these stories.

With gratitude,

Christina Carlson, CEO

P.S. If you’d like a hard copy of the 2020 Impact Report, contact us at [email protected]​k.org.


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Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization in Denver that provides a full convergence of services for youth ages 15 through 24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Our goal is to help these youth overcome real life challenges and become self-sufficient adults.

We do this by providing five essential services at little or no cost to the youth:

  • an overnight shelter
  • a daytime Drop-In Center
  • Street Outreach
  • Education & Employment programming
  • Supportive housing

Our goal is to meet youth where they are and to provide them with the assistance and support they need to become self-sufficient or obtain the necessary services they need to exit a life on the streets. Urban Peak’s programs and services are founded on the principles of trauma-informed care* and positive youth development and assist youth in reaching their potential and living a successful life off of the streets.

*To provide trauma-informed services means that we understand an individual’s experience of trauma impacts every area of human functioning — physical, mental, behavioral, social, intellectual and spiritual. Trauma-informed care is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives.