Volunteers of the Month
– Blake Edmond,
Feed the City Volunteers
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
– Kimberly Rouland, Events Manager
2017 Volunteers of the Year
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:
Chase House Volunteer of the Year:
Volunteer Group of the Year:
Valmont Community Presbyterian Womens’ Association
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.”
“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.”
“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
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.
“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
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!
March 2016Jane 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
February 2016Valmont 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!