A message from our CEO:
Dear Urban Peak Family,
Last week, in between two of the many conference calls I now find myself on daily, I had a chance to talk briefly with Nicole, our Outreach Supervisor. We both acknowledged that, in addition to the fear and uncertainty that COVID-19 has thrust upon us, we also feel a personal sense of loss. There is a nagging feeling of insecurity, loneliness and concern for our own well-being in both our personal and professional lives. We agreed we missed the “normal” we used to know.
But when I asked Nicole how the youth in her program were holding up, she said that for many of our youth, it just doesn’t feel like the end of their world the way it does ours. Even before this crisis hit, many of them didn’t have money, a home where they could shelter in place or access to consistent food or health care. For some, the biggest change in their daily lives is that places where they had sought safety or critical services are now closed. Then she then smiled and said, “but not us, we are still open, we are still here for them and for each other.”
I know that on the other side of this crisis, Urban Peak will still be here for our youth, for our community and for each other. I believe that, after all of this is in the rearview mirror, our “normal” may look different, but our community will have an increased commitment to connect and support one another. I know that will include the most vulnerable people like the brave and resilient youth at Urban Peak.
I am constantly in awe of people like Nicole and the rest of the courageous staff at Urban Peak. We are still here. We are still providing critical services that are saving lives. Urban Peak will continue to provide a refuge from the storm today, tomorrow, next week and next year. We are committed. We are essential.
Thank you for standing with us. Thank you for staying home for us. Thank you for believing in us and thank you for continuing to support the Urban Peak family.
To support Urban Peak during this time please donate to Urban Peak’s crisis assistance fund or make non-medical fabric masks for homeless service providers, including Urban Peak, and donate them to Peak Thrift by dropping them off or mailing them to:
c/o Urban Peak
4890 Pecos St.
Denver, CO 80221
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.