Urban Peak makes a difference

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Homeless teens are a problem across Denver, and the United States. No one knows the exact number of homeless teenagers because they move from place to place.

Homeless teens are a problem across Denver, and the United States. No one knows the exact number of homeless teenagers because they move from place to place. It is estimated around one million to one and a half million teens are homeless in the country. Teenagers in the country are homeless for different reasons; thrown out of the home, child abuse, runaways, street teens, and shelter teens.

 

Urban Peak is a shelter that helps teenagers (16-21) overcome homelessness. Urban Peak was started in December 2000. Chris Telk is the Executive Director. There are daily meals served at Urban Peak. Every teen that comes to the shelter can eat the meal, but only the first 20 people who get to Urban Peak get to spend the night. When the teenagers spend the night they also get to clean themselves with new clothes, showers, and they get to brush their teeth. But everyone can also get medical care, scholarship opportunities, and receive help for addictions like drugs and alcohol. There is a lot more they can do at Urban Peak.

 

The teenagers there all have different stories to tell, some are pregnant, some were abandoned by their parents because they had addictions, and some ran away from home. All the stories are very depressing but have made the teens stronger after facing their problems.

 

People can volunteer to serve food at Urban Peak. The food they serve at Urban Peak is different every night, because the volunteer brings the food. The teenagers eat main dishes like pasta and lasagna. They also enjoy salads, fruit and deserts. After their meal the people who got the privilege to spend the night have to clean up the eating area. They are all very respectful of Urban Peak and the volunteers. You can help these teens at Urban Peak by making and serving food. Other great ways are donating extra dishes or silverware. They can always use those things others take for granted. For more information, visit www.urbanpeak.org