Attention Homes was created in 1966 by an adult bible study led by Ruth and Malcolm Correll studying social issues of the day at First United Methodist Church of Boulder (FUMC). District Judge Horace “Bud” Holmes and Chief Juvenile Probation Officer John Hargadine inspired the group and provided strong support.
“Attention not Detention” is the motto of the organization, as it describes the need for an alternate way of dealing with youth in crisis.
Paul Wilkes, a bible study member and journalist with the Daily Camera, suggests the name ATTENTION HOME. Wilkes goes on to become a nationally recognized journalist and author.
The organization formalizes, drafting articles of incorporation, by-laws and a Board of Directors comprised of President Warren D. Jamison, VP Roger Olson, Treasurer/Director Dean C. Liston and Director Henry Pahlke was formed.
Attention Homes officially opens its door with placement of one youth and the hiring of house parents at the leased Methodist Youth Fellowship House on 2118 14th Street.
The Elmer Frasier Home at 3682 Chase Court is the first owned home for a cost of $10.00.
Community support raises enough money to obtain a second owned property on 1527 Pine Street aptly named the Holmes-Hargadine House.
Protocols between the courts and AH are refined; consideration of longer-term homes is explored to better meet the needs of young people.
The AH model for dealing with youth gains global interest; professionals visit the facilities, replicating the model in 22 states and overseas.