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We’ve all seen them, sitting or standing on street corners, probably hungry, definitely cold. November is Runaway and Homeless Youth Awareness Month.
On November 10, 2016 I’ll be Sleeping Out with Attention Homes and more than 100 community and business leaders to help raise awareness of and build support for youth who are homeless. Sleep Out participants will be spending the night sleeping outside on the lawn between Attention Homes’ administrative office and the First United Methodist Church of Boulder, near 15th& Spruce in downtown Boulder.
Attention Homes provides opportunities for at-risk youth to change their lives. We offer shelter, community-based living and teaching of life skills necessary for an independent future.
Attention Homes is committed to the youth of this community, to changing lives and reuniting families in difficult times. Our community-based programs offer teens street outreach, day drop-in services, overnight shelter and residential care. These services provide teens psychosocial development through positive behavioral change. Our goal is to help our at-risk youth become healthy, productive members of our community.
By taking part in this event, participants will glimpse what life is like as a homeless youth by exposing themselves to weather elements and uncertainties that come from living on the streets. Unlike Attention Homes’ youth clients, however, event participants have the benefit of knowing the next morning they can return to safe and warm homes, their jobs and their families.
Participants are asked to each pledge to raise $1,000 from friends, family and colleagues through their own online fundraising page to support Attention Homes’ homeless and runaway youth services. The Sleep Out is expected to raise more than $60,000 for Attention Homes’ programming.

Please support me in raising awareness of youth homelessness. On any given night in Boulder County, there are over 200 youth who do not have stable and safe housing. Sleeping on the streets means youth face harsh weather conditions and unsafe, scary situations. SLEEP OUT provides an opportunity to raise awareness of these critical issues and all funds generated support the services that Attention Homes provides in order to get youth off the street and back into school, jobs, and long-term safe housing.