Our Mission & Our History
Third Way Center offers truth and hope to high risk, mentally ill, disadvantaged and often homeless adolescents and their families.
In 1970, Hildegard Messenbaugh, MD - a noted Denver psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Medical Center - was approached by concerned members of the community about the growing number of adolescents living on the streets. Many of these young people fled turbulent and traumatic family situations, had trouble with the law, or had recently left other institutional settings. With her guidance and the support of the Denver community, an alternative to homelessness and incarceration for troubled youth was formed.
This third way grew from one shelter for troubled teens to a continuum of services, offering a path to healing and wholeness that we are today. For over 45 years, Third Way Center has helped transform the lives of thousands of teens, empowering them to build better lives for themselves and their future families.