Stout Street History
Stout Street Foundation was incorporated in 1976 by Bradley R. Lucero Jr., Lillian Potter, and Jim Doyle. Mr. Lucero was in a halfway house in Denver when his good friend, Father Tom Dowd, recommended he visit a long term drug and alcohol therapeutic community in California called Delancy Street.
Impressed by what the program offered, Mr. Lucero set out to open his own version of a therapeutic community. From the start, Stout Street adopted the motto of “People Helping People Help Themselves”.
Over the years SSF has grown and expanded from a small house in Denver on Stout Street with just a handful of residents to a newly refurbished hotel in Commerce City accommodating over 125 residents in a self contained community.
In May 2006, founder Bradley R. Lucero Jr. passed away, but his legacy will live on through Stout Street Foundation.
Stout Street Foundation's second Executive Director:
Carolyn J. Lucero transitioned joyfully and peacefully on February 12, 2008. She died as she lived, knowing love is the answer, no matter what the question. Carolyn had been with Stout Street Foundation since the beginning. She met our Founder, Bradley Lucero Jr. in 1977 and began volunteering her time to do the book keeping for the Foundation and where ever else she could be of help, while going to school for Psychology/Sociology degrees from the University of CU Denver. In 1981 she married Brad Lucero Jr. and began working for the Foundation full time, moving up eventually to the Assistant Executive Director. In 1991 she split off from the foundation to start Choosing Life Center, an outpatient treatment center off of 16th and High St. downtown. She ran CLC for 10 years before eventually returning to SSF.
Carolyn became the Executive Director in 2005 at a time when SSF’s future was very much in question. Carolyn began taking the necessary steps to mold Stout Street into a therapeutic community that cared for each individual. For two years Carolyn ran Stout Street and spread her unconditional love to all that passed through her door. Many residents and staff even looked to Carolyn as a Mother figure, and everyday she would practice random acts of kindness that would put a smile on everyone’s face. Although Carolyn had been battling breast cancer for ten years she never showed weakness, the strength that she exhibited on a daily basis was motivation for our residents to see that no matter how hard life seemed at times, anything was manageable with a smile on your face. Carolyn will be forever missed by her SSF family but it should be comforting to know that we all now have an extra guardian angel looking out for us!