Attending to kids

Boulder’s Attention Homes helps young people who are lost find their way |

At least 1,500 young people in Colorado don’t have a safe place to sleep tonight, and more than 200 of those kids are here in Boulder County.

The wise and compassionate people of Attention Homes know the individual kids behind those statistics, and care about their stories. This 47-year-old Boulder non-profit gives at-risk, runaway and homeless teens the care and attention their desperate circumstances warrant, 365 days a year.

Attention Homes is our November Featured Friend. The organization operates the only emergency teen shelter in Boulder County. In addition, it offers programs to help the kids it serves transition into more stable situations. With a staff of 25, Attention Homes serves more than 700 Boulder County teens annually.

November is Colorado Homeless and Runaway Youth Awareness Month, and Attention Homes has three major awareness and fundraising events on tap:

sleep outSleep Out  On November 14, more than 60 community and business members will huddle together to spend the night outside on the lawn between Attention Homes’ administrative offices and First United Methodist Church in downtown Boulder. Each participant pledges to raise at least $1,000 for Attention Homes. There is still room for sign-ups. Learn more at here.

Dine Out  On Wednesdays throughout the month, four Boulder restaurants are donating 15% of sales to Attention Homes:  BJs Restaurant & Brewhouse, Kasa Japanese Bar & Grill, Sanitas Brewing Company, and Casa Alvarez. Be sure to mention Attention Homes.

Shout Out  On November 7, Attention Homes will host an open community meeting and screen the Colorado premier of Sugar, a feature film based on the true story of a homeless girl coping with post traumatic stress disorder. The meeting and film screening begin at 6 p.m. at Hope Boulder Church, 4705 Baseline Road.

Watch for more on Attention Homes and these events in our Featured Friend space all this month.