Addison’s Story

In September of last year, 17-year-old Addison found herself without a home after her parents could no longer afford the motel they were living in. At this point in her life, Addison was too familiar with instability. She wanted something different.

Approximately 1,200 school-aged kids under age 18 experience homelessness in Boulder County every year.

In an effort to make a better life for herself, she moved back to Boulder where she grew up, leaving the minimal support of her parents behind.

After living out of her car for a few months, Addison came to Attention Homes’ Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter. Although she’d been able to secure a job, Addison couldn’t afford housing. She knew that she needed some help…

Read Addison’s Full Story Here

Volunteer Spotlight: Kirk “The Pizza Fairy” & Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage

Longtime volunteer Kirk first learned about Attention Homes back in 2013 and started volunteering in the drop-in center. He decided to bring pizzas to drop-in, which always goes over great with teenagers.

When he told Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage about the reason for his weekly visits to their restaurant, they were thrilled to help and committed to giving Kirk 50% off his weekly pizza purchases!

Five years later, Kirk, nicknamed ‘The Pizza Fairy’ continues to bring pizza to The Source every Sunday and hang out with the youth.

We owe a huge thank you to Kirk and Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage, for their generous pizza donations each week. The pair truly are a perfect example of local partnership & all of us pitching in to do our part to support homeless youth!

Donor Spotlight: The Gates Family Foundation

The Gates Family Foundation makes philanthropic investments around the state of Colorado in order to create opportunities for youth and to support the stewardship of our wonderful state.
The Gates Family Foundation was built on the legacy of Charles C. Gates Sr., founder of the The Gates Rubber Company in Denver in the early 1900’s. As the Gates Family website outlines: “Colorado offered Charles Gates, Sr. a place to establish a business and raise his family. In return, the Gates Family Foundation has been the vehicle through which the family has given back to the state.”
Today we are delighted to be the recipients of a capital grant that honors the entrepreneurial spirit of Mr. Gates.
The Gates Family Foundation has provided $20,000 in support of the Attention Homes Apartments Social Enterprise program. We look forward to putting these dollars to good use by creating opportunities for our youth’s futures.

The Source Youth Council

The Youth Council at The Source meets every Tuesday night and has over 10 members. The purpose of this council is to brainstorm activities, suggest topics that would be helpful for them to explore, provide input on our programs & available resources, and much more.

Most recently, they have started working on a promotional video for The Source to share and encourage their peers to visit and utilize our services. Making a video of any length takes a lot of organizing and effort. Last week, they encouraged others to be part of the project and started planning. They interviewed current clients, carefully planned camera views, and began filming.

This week at the Youth Council meeting they reviewed all of their footage and brainstormed the overall sequence of the video. When asked why they think Youth Council is important, the group discussed the opportunity to work with a team, gain leadership skills, and the benefit of learning about journalism and media arts through this film project.

We are fortunate to have youth who are truly invested in Attention Homes and the success of not only themselves, but their peers as well!

Staff Highlight: Kelly Dunn

“Before I worked at Attention Homes I was a case manager for a nonprofit in Brooklyn, NY. I am a New York native and recently moved to CO and am so pumped to be here! My favorite parts of Colorado are the mountains, fresh air and laid back nature.One thing I love about myself is that I can still climb a tree. At 80 years old you might still catch me up in one. I am approachable and love to talk with new people. Using empathy & being goofy are both big parts of who I am. I wanted to work at Attention Homes because the mission is imperative. The homeless youth in our community deserve all resources available. I am grateful to help provide an atmosphere for the youth to worry less about survival, so they can focus on their life goals.”
– Kelly Dunn
Transitional Living Case Manager