All Kinds of News for July 12, 2017
A group of fourteen AIM House participants recently ventured to the incredible Mission Wolf in Westcliffe, Colorado for a week to work with rescue wolves. During the trip, participants not only served the wolf sanctuary, but also had the opportunity to work as a team and get to know each other better. Along the way to Mission Wolf, participants and staff made a few pit stops, first in Great Sand Dunes National Park and then at the nearby hot springs.
One of the new AIM House participants said that his favorite part of the trip was bonding with other participants at the Great Sand Dunes campsite the first night. They camped, cooked out and spent time with each other as a community. A group of participants helped to cook burgers, hot dogs and cut veggies. After dinner at the campsite, everyone hopped in the van and drove to the sand dunes where the wind was piercing and the view was impeccable. After spending time running around and exploring the dunes, participants went back to camp to make s’mores, talk, laugh and tell stories. For some, this experience was reminiscent of time spent in their respective wilderness therapy programs prior to coming to AIM House.
The participants woke up the next day, scrambled some eggs and then packed up the van and headed out to the nearby hot springs. They swam, relaxed and played beach volleyball. Most importantly, participants had the chance to wash off the sand from the dunes before getting back on the road and heading to Mission Wolf.
At Mission Wolf, participants had the opportunity to spend special time in nature. The Mission Wolf sanctuary has a 3 acre eco-village for volunteers and staff who live on site, plus 200 acres of land secured for the non-profit organization. The sanctuary is split up into 80 acres that are fenced-in for the wolves and a 120-acre conservation area that provides a buffer zone.
This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with wolves and, most importantly, to help Mission Wolf with service projects that needed assistance. Some of the service work the AIM House participants helped with entailed laying gravel in the road to even out potholes from snow melt, splitting firewood for the community, and feeding the wolves on the designated feeding day.
Participants did a great job being engaged at Mission Wolf and received compliments for their work ethic on the trip. But there was much more to the trip than just doing community service. The bonding that occurred, leadership roles that emerged, and teamwork demonstrated over the course of the trip was immense. As a community, the participants feel closer to each other as a result of traveling to new places together and helping to serve a great cause.
About AIM House
AIM House is a transitional living program located in Boulder, Colorado. Participants come from wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment programs, therapeutic boarding schools and drug and alcohol treatment centers. Mentors and therapists work with each participant to create an individualized program that meets the needs of the participant and their family. Participants also have access to a large variety of educational institutions, such as the University of Colorado Boulder, Naropa University and Front Range Community College.