Low risk youth benefit from Coconino County Hope Receiving Center

| March 8, 2022

By Coconino County 

The Hope Receiving Center was opened to help deflect and divert low risk youth from the formal Juvenile Justice system by:

  • Providing families with supportive services at the ‘front end’
  • Connecting youth to sustainable resources in our community
  • Reducing barriers to services
  • Increasing protective factors

Coconino County Juvenile Court opened the Hope Receiving Center on Aug. 16, 2022 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and words from Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Ted Reed, CCJC Director: Casie Lightfood; and special guest Chief  Justice Robert Brutinel.

A detention pod was repurposed and softened into a more trauma-informed area. The Hope Center is a diversion and deflection center for youth in our community. The Center incorporates the Kids At Hope philosophy of “All Kids are Capable of Success- NO EXCEPTIONS!”

Law enforcement will be able to bring youth in for an assessment, and services can be put in place to avoid a youth being detained when safe to do so. Families can also utilize the Hope Center to obtain assistance with community resources and services. We will be providing our Triple P Parenting Program out of the Hope Center, which will be open to the community.

Our youth have participated in several community service projects. They worked with the non-profit organization Threaded Together to create Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) pillows for infants and masks for the public. They have helped to renovate the Hal Jensen Recreation Center’s upstairs space and computer lab, and assisted in cleaning and reorganizing Tynkertopia’s space so that they could reopen to the public after being closed for COVID-19. They also helped to beautify a number of community gardens in our County with the non-profit Terra Birds.

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Category: Child Welfare, Health, Programs, Resources

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