Polo knew he needed to make a change when his wife’s struggle with drugs started to impact their children. Initially Polo and his children stayed in a shelter; after a few weeks they moved into his mother’s basement. Knowing that wasn’t a long-term solution, Polo was hopeful when he heard about Warren Village from one of it’s staff members. He quickly applied and spent four months on the waiting list.
Currently Polo is working full-time as a paraprofessional at an elementary school and going to school full-time to complete his degree in Early Childhood Education by May of 2014. Having his degree will allow him to continue doing what he loves – working with kids. Soon he’ll be able to work as a teacher, earning more and giving him the time he needs to spend with his son and daughter.
For Polo, living at Warren Village has meant stability for he and his children and an opportunity for him to finish school. But most of all it has meant a chance to change the trajectory of his and his children’s lives for the better. “Warren Village has given us a place to call home. All the staff has been extremely helpful and accommodating. You can tell they love the work they are doing.”
Even with his busy schedule of working full time and going to school five days a week, Polo has found time to attend many of the life skills classes offered. Classes like Dads Behaving Dadly and a class about how to talk to your kids about relationships have been particularly helpful to Polo.
Polo is excited about the future for he and his children. He is saving money for the down-payment on a house. Polo shared, “I’m looking forward to staying involved with Warren Village. The community they create is great and I can’t wait to give back.”