Warren Village, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Education, Homeless & Housing

Location: 1323 Gilpin St Denver CO 80218 USA

Mission: Warren Village exists so that low income single parent families in metro Denver achieve sustainable personal and economic self-sufficiency.
Results: In FY2012, the children served by Warren Village: • Were served 1,700 breakfasts, 2,000 lunches and 1,900 afternoon snacks per month at the Learning Center • Participated in field trips to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, The Children’s Museum and The Museum of Nature and Science, all in line with classroom lessons. • Took part in a program of field trips to increase exercise and actitvities outdoors. • Received free annual vision, speech and hearing exams as well as dental screenings • Received regular developmental screenings
Target demographics: low income single parents with 1 - 6 children - 96% of the parents are female.
Direct beneficiaries per year: In the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2012, Warren Village housed 219 families and 357 children and youth.
Geographic areas served: Most cilents are from the Front Range area of Colorado, though we do get families from across the country.
Programs: Warren Village is a "transformational housing" program for low income single parent families. Housing is provided for 93 families through our apartment building located in central Denver.Warren Village case managers (family advocates) work with residents to help them develop and enhance personal strengths. Supporting residents in their efforts to achieve personal and eeconomic self-sufficiency goals during a two-year stay. While at Warren Village, residents must either attend school full time, work full-time or be in school part-time and work part-time, as well as attending Warren Village evening personal development/life skill courses and volunteering in the community. Warren Village also provides quality on-site early childhood education, using a multi-cultural and gender fair curriculum. The organization works with other nonprofits who wish to replicate our "transformational housing" model. WV has been awarded a number of national awards for their effective work.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When I moved to Denver four years ago I wanted to volunteer with an organization that truly made a difference in the lives of women and their children. I had worked with such an organization in my home town and saw, first hand, that providing support, direction, structure and a safe environment to motivated women gives them the strength to retake control of their lives. Warren Village provides all of these elements to residents begining with a clean, safe and modern apartment that is affordable. The apartment is more than a place to live - it offers the resident family an opportunity to be part of a community of support. Resident pre school children have the opportunity to enroll in the onsite 4 Star Qualistar rated Learning Center where they learn and are cared for by a highly trained staff of teachers and volunteers while their parent is working or going to school. Finally, residents work with a family advocate to develop a plan for their stay at Warren Village that includes working or going to school full time with a goal of becoming self sufficient and able to live on their own again. Two keys to Warren Village's success are selecting highly motivated people who are determined to be successful individuals and parents and providing the three elements of housing, child care and family services in a single site community. I have been a member of the Board of Trustees of Warren Village for over three years and continue to be amazed at the quality and dedication of the staff and and the remarakable success stories of the residents and their children. We know that the most important human services organizations are changing lives and saving lives and I believe that Warren Village is doing both - one family at a time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a board member and volunteer at Warren Village for the past 6 years. In that time I have found fellow board members, staff, and volunteers to be passionately committed to enabling the residents in the program to move towards self-sufficiency. This program provides a safe place to stay, the availability of childcare so parents can attend school or training, and "Family Services" that teach a vast variety of skills from balancing a checkbook to nutrition and parenting skills. In turn, residents must commit to developing and completing a plan that identifies how they will grow their skills to move from homelessness while volunteering in the community. The greatest impact to me is to hear from current residents and alumni talk about the growth in self confidence and personal and professional skills that they have made through their own hard work made possible by the staff, teachers and volunteers. The pride they and their children show touches my heart each time I hear them tell their story. That is why as I board member I relish the hours I spend working with my peers and staff leadership to keep Warren Village strong and our residents moving forward.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ever since I moved to Denver back in the 70s Warren Village has been providing a safe harbor for single parent families. But it does so much more: it allows single moms or dads to pursue their college education while providing high (I mean really high!) quality day care for their children. In other words, it gives these families an opportunity to acheive when they otherwise have virtually nothing and no where to go. In addition to the day care, there are required life coaching classes for the single parent and his/her family. Warren Village has so many success stories. If you are out in the community, it is not difficult to meet women who seized this opportunity and succeeded at a time when everything was against them. These allums get teary eyed about their time at Warren Village and so do I. I do not know of another Denver charity that has served in this area for so long so successfully. They are more than five star.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I hear the member stories and see the children

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it so it can provide assistance to more people

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

It has been a rock in the community since the 70s

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continued service; make its members self sufficient

What is its top priority in the long run?

Make it members self sufficient / expand if funds are available

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Rating: 5 stars  

The organization is more than 38 years old and has helped hundreds of single parent families move from public assistant and disfunctional or abusive circumstances to self-sufficiency. Warren Village has a top qualstar rated early childhood learning center which is comparable to any top learning center in the city. The program offers life skills classes, mentors, educational opportunities and a hand up instead of a hand out. I am very proud to have been involved with this excellent program for more than 13 years.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Warren Village believes all families should have access to affordable housing, safe and reliable child care, and the skills necessary to lead an independent life. Warren Village provides these services to economically disadvantaged single parent families with love and grace. I have received so much more from these families than I have ever given. The motivation, dedication and service from staff resonates through these families and encourages them to be all they can be. Warren Village makes me so proud!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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