Attention Homes (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Ms. Allison Disbrow
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Attention Homes
  • Address:1443 Spruce St.
    Boulder, CO 80302
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:303-447-1206
  • Main fax:303-447-0623

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  • Mission:
  • Attention Homes provides abused, neglected, homeless, runaway and at-risk youth comprehensive shelter care and structured, community-based living. We teach them guiding life principles and skills necessary for a self-sufficient future.

  • Overview:
  • Attention Homes has two programs for at-risk youth: 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 teens. The goal of this program is to reduce youth homelessness through building trust and establishing relationships with them and increasing access to services that move teens from living on the streets or in the shelter towards stable, long-term housing and/or family reunification. Our RES program operates three tracts: respite/extended care, sober living and transitional living. The goal of this program is to provide abused, neglected and troubled youth with temporary residential, behavioral and case management services that prepare them for long-term success.

    Both programs are state licensed facilities and are designed based on best practices of successful youth residential care programs, such as “family involvement, supervision and support by caring adults, a skill-focused curriculum, service coordination, development of individual treatment plans, positive peer influence, enforcement of a strict code of discipline, building self-esteem, family-like atmosphere and planning and support for post-program life” (CSU Social Work Research Center).

    Teens in the care of Attention Homes receive the following core services: safety and supervision in a home-like setting, access to basic needs and overnight shelter, case management and an individualized service or behavior plan, family mediation and reunification, crisis management, psycho-educational and life skills groups, sober living and independent living skill development, positive adult role models, participation in education and recreational activities, after-care coaching, community integration and referral facilitation to: medical, dental and mental health, education, employment, health insurance, county services and housing.

    In 2011 Attention Homes served 87 unduplicated, low-income at-risk and homeless youth with 3,386 nights of shelter and residential care. We provided services in our RHY day drop-in shelter to an additional 144 unduplicated youth amounting to a total of 231 unduplicated youth served, an increase of 348% over the previous year. Attention Homes’ clients benefited from 14,971 meals, 2,533 hours of life skills training, counseling and case management and 1,545 days of educational (or equivalent) attendance.

  • History:
  • Attention Homes was founded in 1966 by Judge Horace Holmes, probation officer John Hargadine, a First United Methodist Church bible study and concerned community members who saw the need to provide “Attention, not Detention” to troubled youth. They believed there needed to be an alternative to institutionalization or detention so that children would have a safety net and a chance to thrive rather than being placed in a locked facility or with others requiring more intensive services. In the past 46 years, Attention Homes has served over 6,000 boys and girls with life changing residential services. We focus on problems caused by abuse, neglect, violence, homelessness, substance use, family dysfunction, mental health illness, runaway behaviors, educational deficiencies, delinquent behaviors and low-income related issues which have imposed negative effects on children, families and our community.

  • Year established:1966
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:
  • Advisory board size:15
  • Staff size:32


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:84-0571145

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:840571145
  • Organization Name:ATTENTION INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% ATTE
  • Organization Address:1443 SPRUCE ST
  • Organization City:BOULDER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80302-4814
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 5
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Organization to Prevent Cruelty to Children
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:May, 1967
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):561, 399, 328
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Gifts or grants to individuals (other than scholarships), Other housing activities, Combat juvenile delinquency
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:P730
  • Asset Amount:$1,479,103
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$1,336,498
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$1,273,484
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 7:00:46 am

This information is directly from the IRS Exempt Organization Business Master File at Exempt Organizations Business Master File Extract. This information is not under the control of the Common Grant Application and is collected and compiled and can only be changed by the IRS.