LONGMONT - In the past 56 years, the Mountain States Children's Home has been helping what they call "wounded" children. Now, for the first time in about 30 years, the nonprofit will expand.
"We work with children who come from what I call troubled family situations," Randy Schow, executive director, said.
Amanda has been at Mountain States for three years.
"So, I went to Oklahoma to live with my grandparents and they couldn't handle me, so they sent me here," Amanda said.
At Mountain States, Amanda attends classes and counseling sessions to help them heal.
"I work through a lot of trauma issues, anger issues and our goal is to reunite them with a parent, or parents," Schow said.
Amanda says her life has turned around at Mountain States.
"They helped me feel better and more confident about myself," Amanda said.
In addition to classes, and counseling, Amanda and the other students live in cottages on campus.
"We provide a family model of care," Schow said. "We have a husband and wife team."
The teen says she and her peers feel like they have truly found a home.
"It's nice because I have like a family," Amanda said. "I really didn't have one when I wasn't here."
Now, the family is getting bigger. For the first time since the 1980s, the nonprofit is expanding and opening a new cottage which will increase the capacity of Mountain States by about 33 percent.
"What we're seeing is a there are a lot of families that are struggling and single parents that need our help," Schow said.
Mountain States runs completely on donations and revenue generated by a thrift store. Schow says he wants to provide help for families even if they can't afford it.
"We realize there are few places where a parent can seek out help," Schow said. "We want to be there to provide that service for them."
Amanda is happy and a little apprehensive about making her new family a little bigger.
"We get to accept more people and then they get to get help," Amanda said. "It's nice, but I'm also a little nervous. But, that's okay."
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