Runaway & Homeless Youth (RHY) Program - "The Source"

Attention Homes operates the only teen emergency shelter in Boulder County.  Our new RHY program was created specifically to help homeless youth living on the streets or in unstable living conditions transition to long-term housing and/or family reunification.  The RHY program, "The Source," is based out of our 3080 Broadway Avenue home (located in North Boulder along the Skip Bus Line).  Please call (303) 447-1207 for intake criteria and procedures.

Service Demographic

Attention Homes’ RHY program currently serves runaway and homeless youth.  Teens living on the streets, “couch-surfing,” in need of family respite and those living with multiple families in a single family home are eligible to receive our services.

Geographic Reach

The geographic focus of the RHY program includes Boulder and Broomfield Counties.  We do not turn teens away based on a prior residence outside of these areas.

Our RHY Program, "The Source," offers three service tracks:

Street Outreach:
Our team of staff and volunteers work to build trust and relationships with teens on the streets and to provide them with basic needs and referrals to our own and other’s services.

Day Drop-in:
Drop-in service is available Tuesday – Sunday from 12:30pm - 5:00pm.  Youth receive food, clothing, showers and hygiene items.  In addition, they have access to education, medical care, legal services, Internet and more—all at no cost to the youth.  Youth aged 24 and under are welcome to utilize these services.

Overnight Emergency Shelter:
Our shelter is open nightly from 5:30pm – 8:00am.  Twelve teens per night can stay in our home, safe from the streets and elements. Case managers provide long-term housing options and/or a pathway toward family reunification.  Residents have access to optional aftercare services.  Youth aged 20 and under are welcome to utilize this service.

Services

Boys and girls in our RHY program are provided the following services:

  • Shelter, safety and security
  • Healthy meals, clothing, showers and laundry
  • Lessons in life skills
  • Positive adult role models
  • Case management for residents, mediation for families, and in-house groups
  • Help finding part-time employment and accessing education
  • Help learning to make responsible decisions
  • Recreational/cultural activities and experiential education
  • Access to physical, mental and dental health care
  • A team of experienced and caring counselors, volunteers and other service providers

Updated 4.30.2012