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To offer truth and hope to high risk, mentally ill, disadvantaged and often homeless adolescents, and their families.

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Created in 1970 as an alternative to homelessness and incarceration for troubled youth, Third Way Center has since grown from one small shelter to a large continuum of programs and services. Through the efforts of founder, Dr. Hildegard Messenbaugh, and a team of talented and professional staff, Third Way Center offers a third way of living -a path to healing and wholeness through mental health treatment, quality education, and intensive life skills training in a home-like, safe environment.

With five licensed “Residential Child Care Facilities” (RCCFs) and capacity to serve 123 youth and 12 babies at any one time, two state approved high school programs, the region’s only licensed treatment program for teen mothers and their babies, and a HUD national model emancipation program in Downtown Denver, Third Way Center is now providing one of the most comprehensive mental health treatment programs in the region and has helped thousands of youth find the “third way” of living – a healthy, happy, and productive life path achieved by identifying and treating mental illness.

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