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Generational Opportunities to Achieve Long-term Success

Put your mark on the world and help families thrive. We are building something great in Aurora and need your support.

Family Tree in partnership with Arapahoe County Department of Human Services and many other key partners

is designing an innovative program that provides bridge housing and wrap-around supportive services to better the outcomes for both parents and children.

GOALS is not a homeless shelter or a rehab facility.

GOALS is a four to nine month structured residential program for families seeking to gain and enhance the skills and resources needed to achieve economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their families.

Under one roofTake a closer look. See what GOALS will offer families under one roof.

Our Vision

We will move families from poverty and homelessness to economic security and stable permanent housing using an integrated two-generational (2-Gen) approach. While there are many good programs in our community that focus on poverty, most focus solely on low-income adults or solely on their children, ignoring the fact that economic and social challenges affect the entire family. The Aspen Institute supports a two-generation (2-Gen) approach to serving families and recommends it as a solid framework to design a program and break the cycle of poverty. Read more about GOALS concept.

What is 2-Gen?

Two-generation (2-Gen) approaches focus on creating opportunities for and addressing needs of both vulnerable children and their parents together. Two-generation approaches can be found along a continuum. This graphic illustrates the starting point (parent or child) and the relative emphasis.

2gen-continuum*Learn more about The Aspen Institute

Success in the 2-Gen Approach


To provide a 2-Gen bridge housing program for families who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.

Using a 2-Gen strategy, which addresses the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together, the program will focus on providing stable housing, early childhood education, social capital, health and wellbeing and economic assets.

The targeted length of participation is four to nine months, with a year of follow-up and support after exiting the housing portion of the program.


The demand for affordable housing for adults and families struggling to overcome homelessness is critically high throughout the Denver Metro area, and has been for several years.

One-third of the homeless population consists of families with children, and homelessness greatly increases the risk of children and youth entering the child welfare system.

FACT: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported there were 265,000 children in the foster care system nationally in 2015, and 10% of those cases were directly attributed to inadequate housing of homelessness; for youth older than twelve, this number is much greater.

FACT: Studies have shown children who are raised in poverty often remain living in poverty throughout their adult lives. A $3,000 difference in parent's income when their child is young is associated with a 17 percent increase in the child's future earnings according to a Stanford study in 2011.

By addressing housing needs first, families can remain intact and the well-being of children, youth and their parents is substantially improved.

GOALS two-generational approach will focus on keeping families safe; helping them find and secure stable housing; increasing employment skills and household income; diverting children and youth from the child welfare system by maintaining children safely with parents, and overall helping break the cycle of poverty by attaining economic security.


Our active leadership committee provides extensive input and feedback on the elements desired in the program.
See our leadership group.

Key Sponsors

Scott Shields, Family Tree, Chief Executive Officer
Email Scott Shields | 303-403-5888

Cheryl Ternes, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services, Director
Email Cheryl Ternes | 303-636-1899

Georjette Dhliwayo, Arapahoe County Department of Human Services, Project Manager
Email Georjette Dhliwayo | 303-636-1720

Susie Street, The Family Tree, Division Director for Housing and Family Stabilization Services
Email Susie Street