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Marvin W Foote Youth Services Center

Juvenile Justice Ministry


Tim Butler



Marvin W Foote Youth Services Center, located at 13500 E Freemont Avenue, opened in 1997 and functions as the youth detention center for the counties of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln. (Cities within that geographical area are included, but are not limited to Aurora, Castle Rock, Centennial, Englewood, Limon, Parker, and Strasburg.)

Its capacity stands at 108 coed youths, aged 10 – 17, who are detained to on an average basis 2 – 3 weeks. (Youths who are charged with serious crimes, including first degree murder, can be detained for a much longer period.) Currently, a maximum of 37 youths are confined at any one time, and approximately 950 individual youths are processed through the facility each year.

All young people confined at the facility have access to a variety of programs and services including basic medical care, education, legal services, mental health services, physical exercise, and spiritual support. Families are encouraged to visit whenever possible, but these visits maybe limited based on a youth’s behavior while at the facility.

Since the facility opened in 1997, Denver Area Youth for Christ has provided a variety of religious services including mid-week Bible studies, small group services on Sunday mornings, mentoring, and pastoral care as requested by the youths. Like other youth correctional facilities, YFC Chaplains have provided oversight, supervision, and training to many churches and ministry leaders (i.e., volunteers) who have faithfully served at the facility, some since it first opened.

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