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Strengthening Colorado Communities One Family at a Time.
87 Years of Healing and Hope
Griffith Centers for Children began in 1927 in Denver, Colorado. Our founder, Miss Emily Griffith, was a respected educator who believed that every child deserves positive experiences and opportunities that would prepare him or her to live a productive life. She began by taking orphaned and delinquent boys into her home, and then, with the help of the Kiwanis Club of Denver, built the first "Emily Griffith Home for Boys".
Chins Up was formed in 1974 as an organization that addressed the unmet needs of children and adolescents in the Colorado Springs community who were victims of abuse or were suffering from emotional or behavioral problems. What began as a short-term shelter has evolved into a wide range of community based programs serving over 32 Colorado Counties annually.
Chins Up joined with Griffith Centers for Children in 2001 to become one nonprofit. This union of over 100 years of combined experience has resulted in a more complete and coordinated array of services for over 1500 children and families each year...