All Kinds of News for January 13, 2021
(Boulder, CO) – AIM House is proud to introduce a new community-based program called Evolve. AIM House created the Evolve program with a vision for a unique and completely individualized approach to aftercare. While the traditional residential mentorship program in Boulder continues to serve young adults as they transition to adulthood, the Evolve program will serve a unique but significant group.
AIM House, based in Boulder, Colorado, is known for its residential program that has been in operation for 21 years. An expansion of the community-based Evolve program represents an exciting addition and creates an opportunity for the AIM House support system to reach a whole new group of young adults. “Essentially, Evolve has been operating for years under the umbrella of what we call Manifest,” explained co-founder Danny Conroy. “Manifest is the final phase of our program where participants move off campus but continue to receive structured support from AIM House. The addition of the Evolve program allows young adults to directly enter into a community-based program, where appropriate, without first going through residential. For some people traditional aftercare may be too structured, and Evolve creates a space for that demographic to still get the support they need in a way that works for them.”
Evolve participants live in the Boulder community while receiving a customized combination of mentorship, clinical care, assistance with independent living skills, and peer support. They also receive addiction and compulsion behavior support. “Evolve is for individuals who want to continue the therapeutic ‘work’ they are already doing, as they transition to a supportive environment that offers more independence than traditional aftercare,” Kelly Corn, Executive Director, explained.
One participant in the Evolve program weighed in: “The Evolve program is an excellent way to be a part of the AIM community while still taking things ‘a la carte’ so that your time commitment is well managed. I’m glad that I still feel a part of the program. I think almost all of the PHP/IOP programs are very corporate, but I feel cared for here in a way that I haven’t before. I’ve been in outpatient programs before, but this is the first time I’ve been able to build a program that works for me.”
Each Evolve participant is provided an individualized team that offers assistance in the specific form they need, including being matched with a Mentor. Mentors act as a life skills coach and assist participants in a variety of ways: maintaining momentum and goal setting, managing a budget, health and wellness self-care, shopping for groceries and preparing meals, continuing to cultivate passions, community building, creating effective schedules, and executive functioning.
AIM House currently operates three Evolve houses in the Boulder community. Evolve participants have their own room, though they do typically have housemates. The length of stay varies widely depending on the particular person’s needs. “This is highly individualized and dynamic,” noted Kelly Corn. “This is the program for someone who wants more independence - and support. The program can be customized in a way that is completely unique to their level of care.”
Wes Fischer is the Community Services Director at AIM House. “Having a fully customizable program allows us to meet participants where they are at,” added Wes. “Frequently our participants feel like they are starting over in life for a number of different reasons, it could be being in early recovery from compulsive behavior or any mental health struggle they may be facing. For that reason we need to be able to help them on whatever level they are at, this could be building a brand new life schedule to the fine-tuning of social interaction. There really is no one size fits all.”
About AIM House
Founded in 1999, AIM House is a transitional living program located in Boulder, Colorado. Young adults 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 have access to a large variety of educational institutions, including the University of Colorado Boulder. AIM House also offers executive functioning support, vocational coaching, and personalized artistic and entrepreneurial mentorship.