Dee came to Warren Village on the recommendation of her case manager. Dee and her husband were high school sweethearts, marrying when she was just 19 years old. Dee was raised in foster care and after she aged out of the system, she ended up staying at friend’s houses or even hotels. Coming from similar backgrounds was what brought Dee and her husband together. Having been a stay-at-home mom with two young children, Dee’s life was sent into a tailspin when her husband was arrested.
Warren Village provided Dee and her children housing, early care and education and family support services at a time when they needed it most. Dee is grateful for the opportunity that living at Warren Village afforded her – the chance to finish her degree in criminal justice and have a stable place for her children to attend school.
Dee’s children, Matthew and Elektra still attend the Learning Center where they are getting the necessary mental and emotional support needed after the breakup of their family. Dee says of the Learning Center, “The teachers in the Learning Center know my kids well and are very observant. It’s a great community.” The additional support services were a critical part of her and her children’s growth while living at Warren Village. “When you utilize all that is there for you, it’s a great program,” shares Dee. “Matthew did a class with Heidi (the onsite Mental Health Specialist) and she was able to identify his needs early on and help him adapt to his new environment.”
After living at Warren Village for almost two years, Dee is now living in long-term permanent housing and has a new job at a Denver law firm. “The continual words of encouragement from my Family Advocate helped me stick with it. When you are motivated and dedicated, they are 100% behind you.”