Monday, April 28, 2014

The Dale House Project: Job Openings Working With At-Risk Teenagers

You may have read this article about The Dale House in this month's issue of Relationships magazine. If you're a recent college grad still trying to figure out what to do with this next year, I can't think of an experience I'd more highly recommend! The Dale House Project has 1 male position open starting this June and 2 male positions starting in September.  

When I look back over my life, I'm convinced the most difficult year I've ever had was the one I spent working at the DHP. It was also one of the most significant twelve months of my life. (I worked there in 2003.)

Imagine a view of Pike's Peak from your bedroom every morning (14,000 ft elevation).

Imagine getting to be a YL leader that lives in the same house as your teenage friends AND your YL team!

Imagine learning from wise and experienced staff who've worked with at-risk adolescents for dozens of years.

What Is The Dale House Project?

The Dale House is a residential care facility in Colorado Springs for at-risk teenagers. Many of these teenage residents are juvenile offenders transitioning out of lock-up facilities back into society. Some have been neglected, some abused, and most are not able to return home, if home even exists.

The Dale House opened in 1972 as a special project with Young Life. It was started in response to the alarming nation-wide proliferation of broken homes, child abuse, teenage pregnancy, incest, and drug and alcohol abuse. While no longer officially affiliated with Young Life, the DHP still has many close ties, including a location that is just a half mile walk to the YL Service Center. The Dale House is a led by a Christian community of staff that models community living for the residents. The staff relationships are a priority along with sharing Christ through this community with the residents. 

The DHP has a goal to not just share Jesus verbally, but to holistically care for these teenagers by teaching them the skills necessary to live independently.

Each year the Dale House takes in hundreds of troubled young people. Most are referred by the Department of Human Services or the Division of Youth Corrections. Though licensed to house children ages 16-21, most residents are around 17 years old and average a length of stay of six to nine months.

Funding for the Project comes from a combination of government agencies who place children at Dale House along with contributions from churches, civic organizations, and individuals.

If you're interested in finding out more about the possibility of working at the DHP (starting this June or September) you can call the DHP at 719-471-0642. They'd love to chat with you. You can also visit find out more here.

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