Volunteers of the Month

At Attention Homes, we have amazing volunteers that make our work possible! Here are some of our featured Volunteers of the Month:
Kathy Schneider

Kathy Schneider

September 2017

“I volunteer once a week at The Source Drop-In center. My role is to be a supportive adult who is interested in the young people at The Source, and who engages them individually or in a group in a non-judgmental way. I also volunteer on the Street Outreach Team another day each week, going into the community to seek out young people new to the area, while sharing resources and providing food and hygiene essentials to those in crisis and experiencing homelessness. To all the youth who walk into The Source, they are provided a safe haven, crucial resources and a sense that they MATTER. It is so important that they feel seen, heard and cared about; which the wonderful staff and volunteers ensure. Being able to help those with so little and to engage them one-on-one is a humbling and rewarding experience for me, and I am grateful for the vital work Attention Homes does and that I can be part of it.”
Kristen Solomon

Kristen Solomon

August 2017

“I have been a weekly Street Outreach volunteer, serving youth experiencing homelessness, since February of this year. While this outreach is tremendously valuable to those we serve, this experience has also allowed me to learn the obstacles this population faces, as well as understand the lack of support they have. My prior stereotypes have been thrown out the window and I am deeply touched and grounded on a weekly basis. One of the happiest moments of Street Outreach is when one of our youth says they won’t be seeing us the following week because they have just secured a solid job and stable housing! This position has given so much to me and I would love to host someone on an outreach tour if they are interested!” – Kristen
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“Kristen brings an energy and passion to outreach that does not go unnoticed with the people that we serve. I have had the privilege of spending my Thursday mornings with Kristen, and often find myself thoroughly impressed by the portable outreach meals she prepares (fried chicken and mashed potatoes, pork kimchi, two kinds of chili, just to name a few), and her positive attitude. She asks great questions, is invested in everyone we interact with, and contributes donations to Attention Homes regularly. I am glad Kristen is getting the recognition that she deserves!”
– Blake Edmond,
Street Outreach Coordinator
Feed the City Volunteers

Feed the City Volunteers

July 2017

On Saturday July 8th, over 30 caring & eager volunteers joined Attention Homes at Alfalfa’s Market, Louisville, for a successful Feed The City event, hosted by TangoTab. The volunteers purchased sandwich making supplies & snacks and assembled 540 meals to feed people-in-need in CO. Attention Homes was fortunate to share the proceeds with the Boulder Shelter & we passed out half of these meals to individuals through our Street Outreach Program.
Thank you to all volunteers who came out to Feed the City!
Bernie Barton

Bernie Barton

June 2017

“My journey with Attention Homes started over a year ago when I began volunteering on the Street Outreach Team. Through the grapevine I learned that the creative writing group at the Source was looking for a proctor. After my first writing group, I felt truly overwhelmed by the open armed gratitude and honest commitment from each person who came to the group. Since that first group, I come to the Source every week with poetry books in one hand and writing prompts in the other; and every week, the prompts come to life in remarkable ways. Whether it is a new face or someone who has remained consistent, every Monday I am met with devotion, positivity, raw emotion, and thankfulness. I love my creative writing group at the Source because I have the unique opportunity to get to know our young people in a way most people do not: a way that captures their realities on a personal level; one that is not an anecdote of homelessness, but rather a platform for what they need to let go of, what is on their mind, how they define themselves, and how they view the world around them. I feel lucky to foster their creativity, intelligence, hopes, and desires in a safe space that grows with intention each week. To me, the Street Outreach Program and Creative Writing group reflects on what I know to be true about our community: resilience.” – Bernie

Kaleidoscope Event Committee

May 2017

Unless you have done it, you can’t imagine the volume of details and hundreds of hours spent planning a gala with a fundraising goal of over $200,000. It could not happen without the support of the behind the scenes heroes – the Event Committee.
Starting in January, a handful of dedicated volunteers committed to pounding the pavement to share the mission of Attention Homes, and secure donations for Hang 10. Margaret, Andrea, Donna, Celina, JoAnna, Caleb, Shelley, Trina, Laurie, Teri and Patti brought in close to 300 items to build unique and fun packages raising over $15,000! Danielle and Kati spent hours setting up our mobile bidding website, and Amy transformed the Omni into a tropical paradise including 12 foot palm trees, surf boards and tiki bars built by my husband, Rob.Way to go, team! We are so very grateful for your huge hearts and dedication to the work of Attention Homes!
– Kimberly Rouland, Events Manager
2017 Volunteers of the Year

2017 Volunteers of the Year

April 2017

In 2016, over 800 individual volunteers and 27 faith groups, service clubs and businesses provided over 10,000 hours of service to Attention Homes. In addition, we had over 300 meals donated to us from individuals, families, and local restaurants. Using Independent Sector’s estimate of the value of volunteering, our volunteers’ service was valued at over $230,000! At Attention Homes, we wholeheartedly understand that it truly does take a village to care for our vulnerable youth, and we appreciate all of our supporters that help us care for at-risk youth in this community.

2017 Volunteer Award Winners:

Vern Gardner Distinguished Service Award:
Jeffrey Joe Hinton

The Source Volunteer of the Year:
Margaret Davis

Chase House Volunteer of the Year:
Etan Weiss

Volunteer Group of the Year:
Valmont Community Presbyterian Womens’ Association

Marika Sullivan

Marika Sullivan

March 2017

As a junior at Boulder High who enjoys baking in her free time, Marika reached out to Attention Homes last July. She started baking pies, cookies, cakes, and all sorts of goodies from scratch every Sunday for the 10 youth living at Chase House. Originally she had only committed to the summer months, but has enjoyed it so much that she has continued baking desserts every week for almost an entire year! Staff reaches out to Marika when a resident’s birthday is coming up so she can make a special cake for them, or when someone has a special request; which really makes our youth feel special. When asked why Marika continues to bake for Chase House she says, “I think it’s amazing to be able to do something that I love that also makes a difference in others’ lives. Also, it feels really significant to be helping people my own age.”

Fern O'Brien

Fern O'Brien

February 2017

Fern has been serving on the Attention Homes Board of Directors since October 2014 and was named President this year.
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Why do you volunteer for AH?
“I have known about AH for many years and I attended AH fundraisers a number of years ago. I decided to get involved because it is important that we all do our part to help launch our children into the world – and it is critical for kids to have a stable place to live in order to move successfully forward with their lives.”
What is one of your favorite volunteer memories?
“One of my favorite memories was helping in the AH kitchen one night when we were looking for candles for a birthday cake. One of the kids told us that we could light Fritos because they contain so much fat. So we stuck about a dozen Fritos into the cake and took a match to them and they lit right up! Lesson learned!”
Marnie Williams

Marnie Williams

January 2017

Marnie started working at Attention Homes in 2012 as the Interim Volunteer Coordinator and stayed until 2015. After leaving as an employee, she still stayed connected. For the last two years Marnie has volunteered on the Street Outreach Team and also helps with our annual Sleep Out and Kaleidoscope events.
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Why do you volunteer for AH?
“I believe that if we want to change the world we need to begin with our own community. Attention Homes makes a difference in our community by reaching out to those kids who need to know that they are not lost or forgotten.”
Can you share a success story you’ve seen?
“My first experience with a trans-gendered youth was at Attention Homes and it stuck with me. When this young man first came to The Source he would barely speak to others. With staff support, he completed his education, found a job, and is now working and thriving in Boulder.”
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

December 2016

“The Attention Homes Board of Directors is deeply committed to the mission of this outstanding organization. Giving back to the community we’re all invested in is uplifting, and has a great sense of purpose. The board wants to ensure we help these youth before they fall further into a cycle of homelessness.”
– Baird McKevitt, Board President, 2015-2016
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In 2016 Attention Homes had hundreds of volunteers dedicate their time, resources, and hearts to our youth; and the Board of Directors is no exception. With 16 members holding a variety of backgrounds, skill-sets, and perspectives; we can fully trust our board to provide insightful feedback, support, and resources to our organization. Besides giving their time at monthly committee meetings, board members contribute individually in multiple ways. From making monthly meals in our Overnight Emergency Shelter, to planning off-site events on our behalf, and organizing service projects; it’s surprising they hold full-time jobs in the real world!
Bre Spehn

Bre Spehn

October 2016

Bre came to Attention Homes last year to help with our annual Sleep Out. Shortly after, she started teaching a weekly art class at Chase House. Bre is now a graduate level intern at The Source; leading yoga, crisis counseling, helping staff, & volunteering at multiple events. Our clients and staff are thankful to have her!
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What led you to AH?
“I pursued my internship with Attention Homes because I feel that a support network and sense of community is positive for all populations, including the population at The Source.
 
What’s the best part?
My favorite part about working at Attention Homes is helping to create a space for clients to express themselves through drawing, creative writing, yoga, and whatever else they come up with. I am consistently inspired!”
Maria Cappiello

Maria Cappiello

September 2016

Maria, known as the ‘cookie master’ at The Source, has dedicated every Tuesday afternoon volunteering in our drop-in center for almost a year. Along with her great energy, Maria brings in home-baked treats for our youth and a helping hand to staff every week. We are fortunate to have her!
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Why do you volunteer?
“I started at Attention Homes in October 2015. I love being around great teenage/young adult energy and feel privileged to share time with them.”
Favorite volunteer story:
“Every week brings a new favorite memory. I’m always impressed with all the kids and their kindness and appreciation.”
Judith Bock

Judith Bock

August 2016

Judith started volunteering with the Street Outreach program in January 2015, and is still a superstar volunteer of ours.
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Why do you volunteer?
“For years I’d heard about the wonderful work of this great organization and when I retired I couldn’t wait to start volunteering with AH! Volunteering here offers a great opportunity to get to know a very engaging youth community; full of determination, energy, and humor.”
 
Favorite volunteer story:
“Honestly, I have a different favorite story every week. A recent one is from a young man using services at Attention Homes so he can finish high school and support his younger siblings, who are in foster care. There are so many stories like this, but what’s constant is the resilience, focus, and determination this group uses to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.”
Alison Shetter

Alison Shetter

July 2016

Alison is a volunteer of ours with multiple talents and sees the importance of volunteering in multiple ways. Alison first came to us in 2014 when she participated in our annual Sleep Out event. After that experience she started learning more about our population and finding more ways to help. Last fall she spent time with our Grants Manager to secure funding from a foundation, and plans to continue this in the future. She has gifted our youth with multiple outings, such as tickets to plays, and has even come into the shelter to cook. Alison also joined our events committee this year to help execute our most successful Kaleidoscope Gala to date! We are lucky to have Alison, not only as a volunteer, but as a friend to Attention Homes.
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“It is my joy to volunteer with AH. I wholeheartedly believe in their vision, mission, and goals to provide upstream solutions to preventing youth homelessness from transitioning into chronic adult homelessness. At the heart of this is early intervention. I encourage all with an interest in serving our community to consider AH.” – Alison
Kirk Rodgers

Kirk Rodgers

June 2016

Kirk came to Attention Homes in 2013 when he was recruited by a fellow AH volunteer. After learning about our work, he was determined to be involved. “If I could do anything to be a part of this organization, that’s what I would do” Kirk recalls. He started bringing pizzas to drop-in, thinking that was a good way to break the ice, and he was correct. Three years later, Kirk, nicknamed ‘The Pizza Fairy’ continues to bring pizza to The Source every Sunday and hang out with the youth. He even found a local supporter – Audrey Jane’s Pizza Garage – who matches 2 pizzas to his each week. We are incredibly fortunate to have The Pizza Fairy & Audrey Jane’s on our team!
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“Thanks to all AH staff for your service and letting me give back a little to our community!” – Kirk
Patti Danzig

Patti Danzig

May 2016

Patti came to AH because she believes it’s important to give kids support and let them know they can be great. Every Tuesday for over a year now, Patti has come to our Employment & Life Skills group with engaging activities for the kids around budgeting, communication, and job skills.

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“Her wisdom and input is very valuable to the kids, and you can see that they find it easy to connect with her warm and approachable style. Patti is an invaluable asset to my group, and we are so thankful to have her!”
– Claire Callahan, AH Employment Specialist

2016 Volunteers of the Year

2016 Volunteers of the Year

April 2016

Caleb Bay: The Source Volunteer of the Year

Caleb started volunteering last August at our Drop-In Center and with our Street Outreach team. After 5 months, he added an evening shift in the overnight shelter to see our youth more often and build a larger sense of community with them. “Caleb is amazing with our youth, and holds boundaries very well. He is also super kind and brings a great energy.” – Shawna, Lead Staff

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church: Volunteer Group of the Year

St. Andrew Presbyterian Church has been involved with Attention Homes for the past 34 years. Serving the youth in our community helps the church fulfill their mission to ‘live the joy of Christ by doing justice, showing compassion, and walking humbly with God.’ In addition to cooking every month at The Source, they also painted the basketball court, furnished a bedroom, held multiple donation drives, and continue to provide monetary assistance to our organization.

Jeff Yeatman: Chase House Volunteer of the Year

Jeff reached out to AH because he felt he could be a positive influence on the population we serve. He has been volunteering at Chase House every Tuesday night for over a year and participated in our 2015 Sleep Out. “‘Tuesday Jeff’ is consistent, helpful with the kids and chores around the house, and has built great rapport with many of the residents!” – Jacob, Street Outreach Coordinator.

MJ O’Hair: 2016 Vern Gardner Distinguished Service Award

MJ found out about Attention Homes at a Farmer’s Market 4 years ago. Having three grown kids, she understands the struggles young adults have even with a supportive family. Since her arrival she has gotten involved in multiple ways; from cooking meals for our youth, to dedicating hours to a new database, volunteering with small events, and participating in Sleep Out. We are so lucky to have MJ on our team!

Jane Theodore

Jane Theodore

March 2016

Jane recently joined our Kaleidoscope Events Committee, and we are thrilled to have her. She has already played an instrumental role in connecting with the community on behalf of Attention Homes. “I became a volunteer with Attention Homes because I ran as a youth. It was a different time then; it was easier to find work and housing. I was raised to give back to my community and now it’s my time to do so with this fabulous organization. As a parent I am acutely aware of how kids’ lives can change in an instant. I’ve been delighted to spend time with the wonderful people who work hard to provide Boulder’s youth with essential services.” We are so grateful to have you, Jane, thank you!
Valmont Community Presbyterian Women's Group

Valmont Community Presbyterian Women's Group

February 2016

Valmont Community Presbyterian Women’s Group has been involved with Attention Homes for many years. Our mission stays close to their hearts, with one member recalling being in the Sunday School class where Judge Holmes talked about starting Attention Homes. Since 2011, the group has consistently made and delivered delicious home-baked treats for our youth. These last two years we were especially lucky to have the group organize a holiday gift drive at their church; resulting in more than 100 gifts for our youth. Attention Homes is full of gratitude for this great group of women!
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