The place

Every young person deserves a place to belong.

Our mission ignites the potential in youth to exit homelessness and create self-determined, fulfilled lives.

Young People at The Place

Over 20 Years of Service

Two decades of service to the Pikes Peak region has had a significant impact for our community — particularly the young people The PLACE has served.  Over the twenty years, 

  • The PLACE has helped an estimated 7,650 young people since its launch in December 2000.
  • 1 in 3 young people engaged in our Shelter or Outreach programs permanently exited homelessness (2,525 over 2 decades).  If the 2,525 young people who permanently left homelessness were to instead be on the street as a chronically homeless adult for just one year would cost taxpayers $89.8 million! ($35,578 per person, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 2017).
  • 8 of 10 who entered our Housing program maintain a stable home.

The support of our community means we can continue to provide the support and resources a youth needs to exit homelessness and live a self-determined life.  We could not be more grateful.  

Please see a letter from Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers, by clicking here.

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This is number of unique individuals our Outreach Team met on the streets of Colorado Springs in the last year.
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This represents the number of youth that stayed in our Shelter last year, where they received services to prepare them to create a self-determined, fulfilled life.
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The number of young people that were able to obtain safe and stable housing. This number tripled from 3 years ago.

Every young person deserves a place to belong.

Our Vision is that all Colorado youth have safe housing, supportive relationships, and the opportunity for self-sufficiency and success.

How we can help

The real life challenges of youth experiencing homelessness can be overcome. That’s where The Place comes in – we offer three vital programs to support young people on their journey to step off the streets and step toward a brighter future.

Outreach

The outreach team builds relationships with 15 to 24 year olds by immediately providing key items – from clean socks to HIV testing to water. These items make a big difference in the life of a young person experiencing homelessness.

Shelter

Our shelter is a warm, safe option to a night on the streets. Open every day of the year, our 20-bed facility is the only licensed youth shelter in Colorado Springs. There we provide meals, clothing, and a health clinic link for youth ages 15 to 20.

Housing

The housing program helps youth live safely on their way to build their long-term self-sufficiency.

We're here 24/7

If you are 15 to 20 years old and in need of immediate overnight shelter services, please give us a call. Otherwise, fill out the form below and we’ll reach out in 24 hours.

Safe Place

All PPLD libraries and YMCAs in the Pikes Peak region are Safe Place locations. That means if you’re between the ages of 15- 20, you can go to a library or YMCA and ask for a Safe Place. They will let our team know you’re there and we’ll arrive shortly to bring you to the shelter and provide support.

If it is after hours, or the library or YMCA is closed, you can also call 719.339.0509 any time of day to speak with Safe Place staff.

When you arrive, simply say, I need a safe place.

Thank you to our
Annual Sponsors

Our "why"

This is Ariah.  After a falling out with his family, he hitchhiked from Arizona to Colorado Springs where he met with our Street Outreach Team.  He said, “I got snacks, socks, even hand warmers.”  

Knowing Ariah was a good candidate to be in his own place, he met with the Housing team and moved into his own apartment in August!  Friends of The PLACE helped him decorate it in a superhero theme.  Now employed, Ariah has a dream to attend college.

You can cause life changing transformations like Ariah’s by supporting The PLACE.

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