Who We Are
A world where every young person has a safe place to live and the attention they need.
Attention Homes provides life-changing resources to youth in crisis.
Our goals are to create a safe environment for youth to:
- Build behavioral, emotional and career-related pathways for success
- Reunite with their families, and
- Become self-sufficient.
An interconnected community in which all are welcome, safe, and invited to contribute
Thoughtfully responsive to ever-changing needs and circumstances
Meet people where they are with integrity and transparency
Live knowing that people can achieve regardless of barriers
Facilitating growth, transformation, and leadership
Attention Homes was founded in 1966 by Judge Horace Holmes, probation officer John Hargadine, a First United Methodist Church bible study group, and concerned community members who saw the need to provide “Attention, not Detention” to troubled youth. At that time, youth in crisis who had to be temporarily removed from their homes were being held at a local detention center that also held maximum security offenders. The group envisioned providing a more comfortable, temporary home for at-risk youth that better met their needs. Over the past 49 years, Attention Homes has provided crucial life-changing services to over 8,200 boys and girls in crisis, offering a variety of programs depending on the community’s evolving needs.
This original group of involved and committed citizens included: Judge Horace Holmes and his wife, June Holmes; John Hargadine; Warren Jamieson; Dorothy Rupert; Virginia Patterson; Dr. C. Gordon Little; Reverends Robert Jansen and Ralph E. Henard; Evelyn Bashor; Don Bachman; Donald Brotzman; Dr. E.G. Burnkrandt; Major Don Cassiday; Ralph Connor; Dean Glass; Peter T. Hansen; Dean Liston; Roger Olson; Henry Pahlke; Janet Roberts; Evelyn Rogers; Bill Wise and many other individuals, as well. In fact, the early years of the organization saw a board of directors numbering almost 50 people. Click here to see our current board of directors.
Fifty years ago, that concerned group of people began a legacy of cultivating healthy teens who thrive in a community that cares. Fifty years later, Attention Homes is still changing lives.