Attention Homes

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

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Attention, Inc.​​​​​​​
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Attention Homes
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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

Attention Homes was founded in 1966 by Judge Horace Holmes, probation officer John Hargadine, a First United Methodist Church bible study, and concerned community members who saw the need to provide "Attention, not Detention" to troubled youth. They believed there needed to be an alternative to institutionalization or detention for youth so they would have chance to thrive rather than be placed in a locked facility or with others requiring more intensive services. In the past 50 years, Attention Homes has provided crucial life changing services to over 9000 boys and girls. We focus on problems caused by abuse, neglect, violence, homelessness, substance use, family dysfunction, mental health illness, runaway behaviors, educational deficiencies, delinquent behaviors and related issues which have imposed negative effects on children, families and our community.

Attention Homes has two programs for at-risk youth: Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) and Adolescent Residential Care (RES). Our RHY program provides street outreach, day drop-in and overnight emergency shelter services to homeless youth. The goal of this program is to reduce youth homelessness through building trust and establishing relationships with them and increasing access to services that move youth from living on the streets or in the shelter towards stable, long-term housing and/or family reunification. Our RES program operates three tracts: respite/extended care, sober living and transitional living. 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.


"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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