The fact is, young adults struggling to integrate into the world have traditionally been offered very little in the way of professional programs. This is especially true for those moving from the isolated environment of acute treatment facilities and wilderness programs to the challenges of life on their own—which explains why, all too often, attempts to apply their newly learned behaviors in the real world end in regret and relapse without support. AIM House, founded in Boulder, Colorado in 1999, set out to change this.
Our program began in a small University Hill duplex with a few male participants, several dedicated team members and a huge commitment to helping young adults become healthy, independent members of the community. As our reputation for excellence grew, so did the number of young men who entered our doors. Today, thanks to the strong backing of educational consultants and other referring professionals, AIM House has expanded to include programs for young women as well as men, in multiple residential houses.
Most recognizable of these is the four-story 1920s Tudor-style residence our participants fondly refer to as the Castle. At any time, up to 30 young adults may live and grow here, supported around-the-clock by a highly trained staff of mentors, therapists, and interns. They are also often joined by AIM alumni, who return to the Castle to visit, volunteer, share their successes, and maintain their connection with those who helped them learn to make their way in the world.
In July 2005, the AIM House young women’s program acquired its home in the historic Earl House property in downtown Boulder. This beautifully-appointed building, originally constructed in 1882, has been renovated to include modern conveniences without losing its original beauty and historical significance. This building has evolved into our housing for Manifest participants, who live in the apartments on property. AIM House saw the need for our two programs to be more integrated and decided to bring the residences closer to one another. We purchased Shannon’s House, next door to the Castle and this has created a stronger community within participants as well as our staff.