All Kinds of News for June 07, 2017
Giving back to the community is an integral part of the AIM House program. In the beginning of every participant's program, they are asked to be a part of community service at AIM House. With service opportunities 2-3 times a week, participants can choose what kind of projects they want to participate in, from building a community garden, to trail restoration in the mountains, to reading to the elderly in the local community. On top of their weekly service opportunities, participants also take part in a personal community service project of their own choosing. Since the beginning of 2017, the Castle Program at AIM House has accumulated over 680 community service hours within the local community, not including individual service projects. Our aim is to invigorate our participants with enthusiasm to help and become a larger part of the Boulder community through the lens of volunteering.
"When it comes to recovery and community service, service to others is really where healing begins and I think that's why it's especially important in a therapeutic program. I've seen multiple times where participants come through the program who feel like they have nothing to give and might feel like everything is falling apart around them, but then realize that they still have something to give to someone else. I've seen the empowerment that happens when participants are volunteering," says Cat Carranza, the lead mentor that runs the community service program at AIM House.
Not only does this kind of work add to the greater good of our local mountain town but it gives participants a sense of purpose in becoming caretakers of their community. By giving their time to people and organizations that need the help, the AIM community grows stronger and healthier with each service project.
About AIM HouseAIM 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.