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Last year I searched in vain for an extended care (three months to one year) alcohol and drug addiction residential treatment center with mental health services in Northern Colorado that could address the needs of women only. I was looking for a facility that could help a family member of mine, a disabled female veteran, who not only suffered from addiction but also from trauma.  There were a number of offerings for men, including male veterans, but only a small sober living house with no treatment provided for women in an area populated by over 300,000 women.

The two extended care treatment facilities that were available for women only were near the Denver Metro area and were for profit facilities with a total of 12 bedrooms between them.  I was alarmed in my search by the paucity of services that I found in the area. Studies have shown that women respond best to treatment and treatment goals when they are in women only facilities where they can see their children and families on a regular basis and where they are able to deal with co-occurring disorders such as eating disorders and/or self harm in addition to addiction disorders.  In addition the longer term treatment is more conducive to long term recovery and healing.

So I did what Mahatma Gandhi suggested and decided to be the change that I wished to see in the world.  On December 14, 2011 I along with a small group of behavioral health care providers founded Asbury House and its Tri-life residential program for women which incorporate treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in addition to the mental health disorders that often accompany the illness of addiction.  

Our goal is to serve women in northern Colorado and be a treatment facility of choice for women veterans. We also plan to grow our organization and be of service to any groups who wish to begin a similar program in their communities.  And we are working on our World Blu certification. We are currently in the midst of our first Capital Campaign to raise money for our first treatment facility. We are operating on a wing and a prayer. I am hoping that you will all consider making a tax exempt donation. Our goal is to raise $325,000. This is a great cause and every little bit will help! So even if you can only donate a few dollars it will be greatly appreciated. I have added our capital campaign letter and fact sheet beneath the fold.  I will also be happy to answer any questions you may have.  And please please pass this forward.

Dear Friends:
    The New Year is about new beginnings.  We, the founders of Asbury House, a Colorado nonprofit organization, have an exciting new vision for the coming year.  We are a team of dedicated Colorado behavioral health and health-care professionals who wish to provide a truly necessary mode of care and lifestyle change for women in northern Colorado.  We know that this is a greatly needed and desired public service offering in the northern Colorado area.  Our mission is being met with a great deal of enthusiasm and support.  We encourage you to join us in this launching of a Capital Campaign to purchase the building that will house the first treatment center for women to be located in Fort Collins, Colorado.
     We intend to operate an extended care facility in an existing multipurpose facility that can house 24 clients.  The grounds and buildings allow for a unique therapeutic environment incorporating the best state-of-the-art practices to address the spectrum of issues that arise when a woman enters treatment.  The professional space is also plentiful and well suited for both individual and group counseling.  
    The Capital Campaign will provide an opportunity to translate our mission into action to establish this much needed service.  The building and land can be purchased for $750,000.  Our goal is to obtain 70% of that amount with mortgage financing.  Through this campaign we are seeking to fund-raise the remaining 30% of the mortgage cost and an additional $120,000 for upgrading and outfitting the building.
    We urge you to be a part of this exciting and rewarding campaign and our effort to optimize these womens futures.  Positive and compassionate assistance in the healing process of an individual can improve not only her quality of life but also that of her family and, ultimately, her community.  
    We are filled with gratitude as we launch this Capital Campaign and are committed to ensuring that it not only achieves its ambitious goals but does so in a manner that honors the values, the mission, and the future clients of Asbury House.

Fact Sheet
Asbury House, a Colorado nonprofit organization, was founded by a team of dedicated Colorado behavioral health and health-care professionals in 2011. The organization was incorporated on December 14, 2011, in Fort Collins, Colorado, at the law offices of Attorney David Mitchell. Asbury House and its Tri-life residential treatment approach for women were developed due to the critical need in the Fort Collins area of northern Colorado for a residential treatment center that specifically addresses the extended treatment needs of women, including women veterans, who struggle with alcohol abuse, drug abuse, alcohol addiction, and drug addiction as well as the co-occurring mental health disorders that often accompany addiction disorders.

Asbury House and its Tri-life residential treatment approach for women offers a holistic and empirically supported person-centered approach that incorporates the needs of not only the clients but the families of clients and consideration of the impact that addiction has on the wider communities in which they live. The approach also incorporates a Twelve Step based model in conjunction with alternative therapies and evidence-based therapies.  Principles related to cultural diversity and spirituality are promoted and valued. The person-centered approach creates a quality therapeutic alliance with clients based on compassion, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard. We believe that our clients possess within them the innate ability to heal, and our approach empowers and guides them toward that end.  

On January 4, 2012, Asbury House launched its first official Capital Campaign, with the goal of purchasing and outfitting its first treatment facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. The Capital Campaign will provide the opportunity to translate the bold mission of Asbury House into the action necessary to provide this much needed public service in the northern Colorado area.

The Asbury House Team
Phone: (970)-231-4286; Email:

You can either click on the PayPal link below or if you have a paypal account you can send money to the Asbury House email address listed above. To verify our non profit status just go to     and type in
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Originally posted to Marina Asbury on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM PST.

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