Who We Serve

Attention Homes is dedicated to providing youth and young adults ages 12 to 24 with an opportunity to change their lives. We offer shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future.

We have two programs for youth in crisis: Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) and Adolescent Residential Care (RES).

Our RHY program provides street outreach, day drop-in and overnight emergency shelter services to homeless youth. The goal of this program is to reduce youth homelessness with a continuum of care that moves youth from the streets or in the shelter towards stable, long-term housing and/or family reunification.

Our RES program is a state licensed Residential Child Care Facility. The program offers emotional and behavioral support in a safe, structured, home-like setting to at-risk youth, ages 12-18, placed through social services departments as a result of family disruption. The goal of this program is to provide abused, neglected and troubled youth that are placed through social services with temporary residential, behavioral and case management services that prepare them for long-term success.

Read the stories of some of the youth Attention Homes has helped over the years

Get the Facts

Runaway & Homeless Youth on the Streets of America

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Percent of Runaway & Homeless Youth Who Have Attempted Suicide

Homeless Youth and Young Adults in Colorado

Our Programs

The Source Boulder Youth Shelter

Runaway & Homeless Youth Program: “The Source”

Attention Homes operates the only youth shelter in Boulder County. Our program was created specifically to help homeless youth living on the streets or in unstable living conditions transition to long-term housing and/or family reunification.

Learn About The Source >

Attention Homes Adolescent Residential Care Program

Adolescent Residential Care Program (RES)

Attention Homes’ Adolescent Residential Care program provides residential treatment to adolescents in crisis. We offer youth emotional and behavioral support in a safe, structured, RCCF-licensed (Residential Child Care Facility) home-like setting.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What ages are eligible for your programs?

A: Attention Homes serves boys and girls ages 12-18 in our RES program. Overnight RHY services are available to youth, ages 15-20 and day drop-in services are provided to teens up to age 24.

Q: How many youth can you help at one time?

A: We can care for up to 16 youth overnight in our shelter (but we usually keep it at 12 to 14), 40 in day drop-in and 10 boys or girls in our residential program.

Q: Do you have live-in 'house parents?' Who supervises residents?

A: There are no live-in “house parents.” Our direct care counselors are on-duty and awake 24 hours a day. They work in three shifts throughout the day and even do bed checks throughout the night.

Q: What are the reasons youth can seek help from Attention Homes?

A: Attention Homes serves youth who are in crisis for a variety of reasons. Most of the youth we serve have experienced a combination of abuse, neglect, substance abuse, delinquency, homelessness or runaway behaviors. In addition, many youth have experienced disruptions in their education, have used drugs and/or alcohol and are dealing with a mental health illness of varying degree of severity.

Q: Do you charge anything for your services?

A: Attention Homes provides services without regard for ability to pay. All RHY services are provided free of charge.

Q: What are your policies regarding school attendance?

A: Whenever possible, Attention Homes ensures that youth attend their ‘home’ school. When teens have not been in school, have been kicked out of school or are from a distance too great to commute, then Attention Homes has 30 days to find a school placement. We work extensively with local alternative schools to ensure the youth in our care are in an appropriate setting.

Q: Are youth free to come and go from your housing and shelter?

A: Attention Homes is a voluntary program, not a lock-down facility. There are no locks on the doors or bars on the window and we do not physically restrain the youth in our care.

Q: How long are residents able to stay in your Runaway & Homeless Youth shelter?

A: A RHY client can stay in our shelter for up to 21 days at a time.

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