Sometimes a personal vision is incremental,
progressive and fulfilled by others. Such is the vision given to
Robert "Bob" Lynch in l973 concerning establishing "a place for boys and girls
that need to get off drugs and alcohol and get back on track with their life."
Bob was a recovering alcoholic who had lost his well-paying job, his wife and
many of his children and family members to addictions. He had met Jesus Christ as
his personal savior in a program called Teen Challenge when he was in his 40s.
Then came his vision, along with a couple of rented houses from a local
Disciples of Christ outreach ministry. Soon, it became apparent that resources
weren't readily available or conducive to teens struggling with chemical dependency.
God provided a short answer. In early l979, near Conifer, Colorado (the
mountain foothills) 8 3/4 acres became available, with a lodge. Bob thought this
site was ideal and got to work, expanding the property and his dreams. In late
l980 he was building a geodesic dome to house girls when he slipped on the 2nd floor,
fell and went home to glory in a matter of a few minutes. In the grief and despair
at Bob's untimely passing, the program quickly went into bankruptcy. Kids and
resources were disjointed, disrupted and it appeared that all was lost.
It happened that another person also carried Bob's vision to reach
out to adolescents struggling with addictions, though he wasn't aware of it at
that time. Harl Hargett, a former "hippie" and drug addict had emerged from the
70-80's culture via the power of the Holy Spirit at age 30. On fire and looking
for a way to minister (by the hand of God), Harl met the Board President of Lost
and Found Inc., who convinced him to "come up and see Bob's hope for teens."
There, in the nearly completed geodesic, Harl "saw Bob's vision"
and within a matter of a few weeks, he had left a lucrative and well paying job,
moved his wife Carolyn and 2 small children into the unfinished dome and went to
work. Together they spent the first few years without an income. Through this
intense time of hardship, God moved in such remarkable ways that always, His
provision was just, secure and, as the Bible says, "enough".
As the Executive Director, Harl and his wife Carolyn quickly began to
build the ministry of Lost and Found Inc. extending their outreach to whomever
needed or wanted help in changing their life. The first clients were men of all
ages and with all kinds of serious mental problems. Soon, as time with experience
taught them, the residential site became focused on adolescent males with addictions
and other mental health concerns. These teens began to experience personal success
in their lives, overcoming their struggles with addictions and other problems.
Harl's dedication to develop a viable treatment program with a strong spiritual
emphasis, establishing Jesus Christ as the center in the recovery process was
paramount in carrying the vision into the next decade.
Other gifted and Spirit-directed men and women have come alongside
and advanced the primary mission and vision since that time, building a community
of recovery for children, youth and families afflicted by mental/emotional/behavioral
disorders. Through the years, Lost and Found Inc. has grown to include facility
sites for foster/group homes and independent living arrangements, as well as an
intensive outpatient Family Counseling Center.
As the years roll by, Lost and Found Inc. remains committed to excellency
and professionalism, dedicated to all those who have need of our services. "The vision
remains strong, the saints dedicated, and the harvest plentiful!"
||Lost and Found Inc. is committed to providing the
broadest continuum of care possible to our clientele. As we see children in
some of the most restrictive settings we are committed to helping these young
people transition back into the most normal setting possible with as much
consistency as can be provided. With this in mind we have developed many layers
of care and services to address the problems our kids are facing and to help
them become equipped to move into society with tools necessary to be productive,
creative and resourceful.