I first shared about The Dale House last November, but just found out they have 2 open positions for male staff starting September 1st. If you’re a college grad still trying to figure out what to do with this next year, I can’t think of an experience I’d more highly recommend!
When I look back over my life, I’m convinced the most difficult year I’veever had was the one I spent working at The Dale House Project. I’m also convinced itwas possibly the most significant twelve months of my life.
If you are graduating college anytime soon, or have recently graduated and still don’t know what’s next, I’d highly recommend investing a year at the DHP.
Imagine gettingto bea YL leader that lives in the same house as your teenage friends AND your YL team!
Imagine learning from wise and experienced staff, some who have been there for almost 40 years.What Is The Dale House Project?
The Dale House is a residential care facility for at-risk teenagers. Many of these teenage residents arejuvenile offenders transitioning out of lock-up facilities back into society. Some have been neglected, some abused, and most are not able to return home, if home even exists.The Dale House opened in 1972 as a special project with Young Life. It was started in response to the alarming nation-wide proliferation of broken homes, child abuse, teenage pregnancy, incest, and drug and alcohol abuse. While no longer officially affiliated with Young Life, the DHP still has many close ties, including a location that is just a half mile walkto the YL ServiceCenter. The Dale House is a led by a Christian community of staff that models community living for the residents. The staff relationships are a priority along with sharing Christ through this community with the residents.
The DHP has a goal to not just share Jesus verbally, but to holistically care for these teenagers by teaching them the skills necessary to live independently.
Each year the Dale House takes in hundreds of troubled young people. Most are referred by the Department ofHuman Services or the Division of Youth Corrections. Though licensed to house children ages 16-21, most residents are around 17 years old and average a length of stay of six to nine months.
Funding for the Project comes from a combination of government agencies who place children at Dale House along with contributions from churches, civic organizations, and individuals.
If you are interested in finding out more about the possibility of working at the DHP (starting next June or September) you can call the DHP at719-471-0642. They’d love to chat with you. You can alsovisit the Q&A section of the DHP website.