Construction Underway On New Homeless Teen Facility

Construction is well underway on a new homeless teen facility in Grand Junction. When it's complete it will be the second licensed shelter of it's kind in Colorado. There's still a lot of work to be done at 827 Rood Avenue but when it's complete it will be a safe haven for teenagers. The Tree House Youth Shelter will be an 8 bed licensed facility where 15-18 year–olds can stay for up to 15 days. The shelter will also be open 365 days a year and 24 hours a day with staff on hand at all times. Tree House CEO Terri Klements say she's excited for youth to finally have a place to go where they can stay while taking advantage of wrap-around services that will get them back on their feet and make them contributing members of society. The Tree House Youth Shelter has been a dream of the organization's for many years, but it wasn't until recently when Hilltop Resources was unable to use a federal grant that it quickly became a reality. In order to get the $170,000.00 grant a building had to be secured. Two local Investors offered to purchase the building and charge the Tree House rent until they could afford to buy it. The Tree House's capitol campaign is going well and has raised about $100,000.00, but the organization still needs about $250,000.00 more to buy the building. Associated Builders and Contractors are doing all of the construction on the shelter for free. To date they've donated more than $75,000.00 worth of materials, labor, and services. The Tree House Youth Shelter is slated to open by April 3rd.