In 2017, Attention Homes received a $10,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation.
Based in Denver, the Buell Foundation was established in 1962 to support projects throughout Colorado to “prepare young people to live healthy lives and contribute responsibly to the community.” The foundation’s vision is that “all children, youth, and families will fulfill their greatest potential.”
Our work with the Buell Foundation focuses specifically on reproductive and sexual health classes for our clients. The program is designed to help young people learn how to develop healthy, trusting relationships, sex positive attitudes, and safe sex practices that reduce pregnancy rates and ensure physical and emotional well-being.
We are thrilled to have the support of the Buell Foundation as we offer these critical health and well-being classes, equipping our youth with much needed life-skills. Thank you Buell Foundation!
Each New Year brings the opportunity to create changes in the form of “resolutions”. When young people are experiencing the challenges associated with living on the streets, “resolute” is the tip of the proverbial iceberg in defining the characteristic of a young person working toward safe and stable housing. At Attention Homes, we work tirelessly to help youth and young adults attain and sustain housing. Even with all of the hours of time that staff put into helping young people reach this goal, it pales in comparison to the work that each youth puts into achieving this outcome.
Cliff is no exception. At age 18, Cliff was still living at home, needing the support that tens of millions of young adults in our country need to transition into adulthood. He was focused on completing his high school education and working part time to help with bills when his parents announced they were getting a divorce. Cliff’s mom was moving to be near her family and Cliff’s dad was going to rent a home in Boulder. Cliff made the tough decision to stay in a community he was connected to and live with his dad.
After a few months, Cliff’s dad lost his job and they both were homeless within a few weeks. After many months of living on the streets, they exhausted every avenue they knew. As the weather turned colder in November of 2016, Cliff learned of and came to Attention Homes youth shelter, The Source. Over the course of a year, Cliff worked his way from part-time minimum wage jobs to a full time job at a local restaurant and was able to save over $1,000 within a couple of months. At the end of 2017, Cliff moved into his first apartment. Cliff continues to get support from Attention Homes and as 2018 begins, Cliff has one resolution: To never again experience the challenges that come from lacking a safe and stable place to live.
Luke started at The Source in Nov. 2017 as direct care staff. He also recently took on the responsibility of leading the Youth Council at The Source, an important program that empowers current and former clients to develop and utilize advocacy and leadership skills.
Why did you want to work at Attention Homes?
“Since moving to Boulder, I have enjoyed being a part of the Boulder community. Working with Attention Homes allows me to give back to this community as well as work directly with youth and amazing coworkers. I knew it would be a challenging position, and it has been, but it has also been extremely rewarding and fulfilling.”
What do you like to do in your free time?
“Being outside is one of my passions. Whether its running, hiking, or biking. I am also an avid reader and movie-goer in addition to exploring Boulder’s vast number of restaurants and breweries with friends.”
What is one of your favorite parts about the job?
“As overnight staff, I get the pleasure of making sure the clients are awake and out the door on time, and I enjoy these morning interactions. It is a great reminder that even though our youth are dealing with very difficult issues and face challenging situations, teenagers will still be teenagers and try to get “just 5 more minutes” of sleep.”
“My role is, at its core, about building rapport, providing support, and maintaining consistent boundaries.”
In August, we began a new partnership with Capital One here in Boulder. Capital One recently opened a café on Pearl Street where they offer banking in a more casual, social environment. Ambassadors from the Capital One Café have started teaching financial literacy courses to our youth at The Source once a month.
Capital One has also provided $10,000 in grant money to support the new program. We are truly delighted to be working with Capital One as they launch this exciting venture to help our youth learn the ins and outs of managing money & we thank them for their valuable contribution towards helping our youth succeed!
“At Capital One, we believe strongly in building the communities where we live and work. We know that you share our passion and we are honored to present this contribution to your organization.”
“I am currently staying at The Source. After fighting to complete High School, I started working. Home was not safe, but I never asked anybody for help. It was hard to get away; I was comfortable where I was sleeping because through the chaos, I do love my family. I decided to leave home for my own good. Now that I am out, I am doing okay. I had a goal to find a steady job; now I have reached that goal. My next goal is to find an affordable place to call home. I got my books for studies and have my loan approved for school. I found Attention Homes and the people that work here have been more supportive and excited for others’ achievements than anyone I have ever met in my life. Honestly, I’d say I ended up with a pretty awesome support group.”
Eduardo since has found housing and is living independently in Boulder.