Attention Homes

Working to improve the lives of homeless & at-risk youth in Boulder County for over 50 years.

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General Information

Official Name
Attention, Inc.​​​​​​​
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Attention Homes
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1443 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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1443 Spruce St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Mission Statement

Attention Homes provides life-changing resources to youth in crisis.

Organization History

When Attention Homes was founded in 1966, youth who were temporarily removed from their homes because of family disruption were held at a local detention center that also housed maximum security offenders. Judge Horace Holmes, probation officer John Hargadine, and a group of First United Methodist Church parishioners and community members saw the need for a more comfortable temporary home, providing 'attention, not detention' for at-risk youth. Since 1966, Attention Homes has provided critical, life-changing services to nearly 10,500 youth in crisis.
Attention Homes has two programs: our Adolescent Residential Care (RES) facility and Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) shelter and drop-in facility. Our RES program is a state licensed Residential Child Care Facility. The program offers emotional and behavioral support in a safe, structured, home-like setting for at-risk youth between 12-18 years old, placed through social services departments as a result of family disruption. The goal of this program is to provide abused, neglected, and troubled youth with temporary residential, behavioral, and case management services that prepare them for long-term success. The RES program is open 24-hours a day, with year-round services and is designed based on best practices of successful youth residential care programs.
Our RHY program is a federally recognized and state licensed Homeless Youth Shelter. The program provides street outreach, day drop-in care, and overnight emergency shelter services to homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24. Our day drop-in center is open daily from 8:00am - 5:00pm for up to 40 youth ages 14-24 and overnight shelter is available from 5:00pm - 8:00am for 16 youth ages 12-21. The goal of this program is to reduce youth homelessness with a continuum of service that moves youth from the streets or in the shelter towards stable, long-term housing and/or family reunification. Between our two programs, Attention Homes served 521 individual youth in 2017.


"RE/MAX of Boulder has partnered with Attention Homes because it is a truly exceptional, high-impact nonprofit organization providing urgent services to vulnerable, at-risk youth. RE/MAX of Boulder's core value is to give back and make our community stronger, and we feel that the remarkable work of the extraordinary staff at Attention Homes directly aligns with our values. Attention Homes is making huge strides in providing immediate support for at-risk youth - and is catalyzing long-term, systemic changes in our community."
Tom Kalinski
Owner/Broker, RE/MAX of Boulder

"We really appreciate the staff and are very thankful for the help from Attention Homes...We already miss you guys" - Ellie & Sarah, 2 former clients

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