Gifty was just 16 years old when she and her family left Ghana to come to the United States in search of a better life and the opportunity to obtain an education. As the oldest of four children, Gifty’s parents had high hopes and expectations for her to attend college.
Gifty was well on her way to meeting those expectations… until after being accepted into the Nursing program at the University of Colorado, she became pregnant with her son, John. That is when Gifty’s parents disowned her. On her own in a culture to which she was still adapting, Gifty found safe haven at Warren Village, where she and John lived from 2009 until 2011.
Of her experience Gifty shares, “Lynn was my family advocate and when I moved in to Warren Village she was really helpful. I saw her not only as my family advocate, but as an older sister, willing to be there to push me to get to the end. I didn’t expect to be in the situation I was in, but I’m grateful that we had Warren Village to support us and give us the opportunity to have a better future.”
Making the most of the support Warren Village offered, Gifty has gone on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Colorado, Denver. She is now employed in the health care industry and takes great pride in being self-sufficient. She credits her stay at Warren Village with giving her the opportunity to finish school and for providing a safe place for her son to receive child care and education.
Gifty speaks to the sense of community single parents experience at Warren Village. “I would tell other single parents – ‘Someone is there too, going through the same things you’re going through. The road may not be easy, but we can do it together.’”