BOULDER, Colo. — Despite single-digit temperatures, about 100 people spent the night in the elements overnight Thursday to raise money and awareness for Attention Homes, a runaway and homeless youth shelter.
Each participant pledged to raise $1,000 with each dollar going toward mental health services, basic needs, shelter, employment services and life-skill development.
Last year, Attention Homes helped more than 650 homeless youth in the Denver-Boulder area. In Boulder County, there are as many as 150 homeless youth who don’t have a safe place to live.
“I was part of those statistics and we want to change those statistics in this world so people can be an active member of society,” said Ty Ridenour, who used to be homeless.
Participants have already raised more than $120,000 for Attention Homes.
At least 1,700 people ages 12 to 24 are homeless at the national level and children make up 27 percent of the homeless population.