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

Changing Seasons

November is National Homeless & Runaway Youth Awareness Month, and while many of us see the changing aspens as a sign of “football season” and “sweater weather”, another reality is that this time of year is a sign of potential struggles for those that don’t have a safe place to sleep at night.

Every Autumn, we see an increase in youth and young adults in our drop-in and shelter programs. In fact, this year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of young people coming into our programs in the past month. Our shelter is currently on a wait list of more than 10 people.

Coloradans will joke about how summer seems to turn into winter in the blink of an eye, but for those that are unstably housed, a short transition to colder weather can be a real emergency.

Our street outreach teams are working hard to build the trust and relationships that will help connect people to the services they need as the season changes. In our shelter and drop-in center we continue to do all that we can to help youth and young adults find stable housing.

7th Annual Sleep Out

Attention Homes’ 7th Annual Sleep Out is right around the corner & we are challenging YOU to Sleep Out on Thursday, November 8th!

A unique fundraiser, Sleep Out provides a life-changing experience where participants pledge to raise funds and sleep outside downtown on a cold November night. This event breaks down barriers and brings our community together as we experience, for one night, some of the harsh realities facing hundreds of homeless youth in Colorado every night. Sleepers spread awareness and build support by asking friends, family, colleagues and neighbors to join them or support their fundraising efforts.

Take part in this special effort to raise funds & awareness for the critical life-saving programs that Attention Homes provides for youth in crisis in our community!