The Assurance Home is marking its 40th year of providing a place to live and a strong support network for homeless and at-risk youth.
When the home originally opened in April 1979, it was located at an old airport terminal building on the former Walker Air Force Base. In 1982, the organization moved to its current location, 3 acres of land on East 18th Street. Now the Assurance Home is a 6,000-square-foot residence with seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a pool room and dining hall. The site also include a chapel, a library, an art room and the Alpine Tower high-ropes course. Fifteen teenagers, six horses and one donkey call the place their home.
Throughout the years, the Assurance Home has been featured by national and regional media, including CBS “Evening News”, an ABC documentary and Emmy award-winning documentary, as well as numerous books and magazine and newspaper articles from media in Albuquerque to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
For the past 38 years, the Assurance Home has been supported by United Way and, according to an announcement by the organization, owes its excellence to every board member, donor, staff member and prayerful supporter.
“Throughout the years, with the dedication, love, and support of our committed staff, as well as many outside forces, the Assurance Home (has been) a top-notch program,” the press release states. “The Home has never lost sight of its mission and core values. The Home has worked tirelessly to ensure all children are treated with respect and dignity and have a safe place to rest their heads where they are valued for who they are and what they can become.”