Mountain States Children’s Home Cottages
Housing at MSCH is based on a family model of care where a house mother and father with
their biological children live with six placed children in a home environment.
There are five houses where the children live most of the time, and there is another house called a ‘relief’ house. Children will move to this house for one week each month so that house parents can recharge, spending valuable time to re-energize with family.
Students Learn Valuable Life Lessons
The setting of the Mountain States Children’s Home is a peaceful 155-acre farm that offers a secure and safe place for the children to grow. The farm raises livestock and has plenty of open space for the children to use to stretch their legs.
There is a therapeutic effect on teenagers in this serene environment
as they grow and begin to understand the loving care that they receive from house parents and staff. They find that living in a large family made up of house parents, their children, and five others, they understand that all must take part in doing chores. They learn that they must be responsible and supportive of other family members who are working on similar issues.
One of the important programs added to the Mountain States Children’s Home system over the years has been the academic program. Because of the importance of education to the overall MSCH program, the campus school was added in 1998. Janice Schow started the program as a teacher and later accepted the role of Educational Director.
In 2008, Mountain States Children’s Home completed a new building for the school, allowing for an expanded library and media area, a new gymnasium for physical education, a science lab, new textbooks, and other areas for students to work. This school was also built to accommodate student growth in numbers based on future plans to expand campus housing. Prior to the new building, the school was located in the basement of one of the residential homes.
Winger Recreational Center
The Don and Judy Winger Recreational Center is a part of the new school building completed in 2008. This building is used for sports activities and as a meeting place for groups that may come to volunteer or interact with the children. The Cross Fit program, basketball games, pickleball, and volleyball takes place in this building.
Kroenke Sports and the Denver Nuggets donated the basketball goals from the Pepsi Center to be used in this facility. Cross Fit Kul from Fort Collins donated the Cross Fit equipment. Dedicated volunteers take time to coach the children.