Attention Homes provides life-changing resources to youth in crisis.
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 over 11,500 youth in Boulder County.
Attention Homes operates an Adolescent Residential Care facility, which houses up to 10 youth ages 12-17 who are placed through the Department of Human Services. We also operate a Runaway and Homeless Youth shelter for youth ages 12-20 who need a safe place to stay temporarily. Youth in both programs work with case managers to identify goals and address behavioral, mental health, substance use, and any other concerns. Attention Homes also operates a daytime drop-in center for youth ages 12-24, open every day for people to receive a hot meal, shower, free laundry services, and a safe place to be for the day. All young people in each of these programs is offered assistance with education, employment, housing, family coaching, group support, equine-therapy, access to pro-social activities, and more. Opening fall 2019, Attention Homes' newest program, the Attention Homes Apartments, will start leasing apartments to forty 18-24 year olds who are exiting homelessness, along with supportive services.
"Thanks and thanks again...you changed my life. I've never met incredible people like you. You gave me compliments I never heard before and set challenging goals with me that you knew I could handle. Thank you for reminding me of how intelligent I am, how I can do anything I set my mind to, and how I'm not alone in this world (I have my Mom here with me now). It's really going to be hard to be away from Attention Homes, but I'm leaving satisfied. I can't put into words how grateful I am." -Jessica
(letter we received as a participant in our program was exiting to reunify with her family)