Reba’s Story: In her own words
“I grew up in Louisiana in a family of ten. I’d like to think my parents did the best they could with the skills and resources they had, but it just wasn’t enough. I never had a model for success.
Despite missing many days of school, I was the first in my family to graduate from high school. Just this one feeling of accomplishment changed my life trajectory. I thought to myself, ‘this is good, but there’s got to be better somewhere else.’
Shortly after graduating, I left my hometown for Colorado with my partner and our first child. Unfortunately, I lost sight of my goals as I was so wrapped up in making ends meet and to provide a life for my daughter that was different from my own. My partner and I both worked many hours which introduced a lot of stress into our lives. Even more, my partner became abusive. Once I had my second child, I decided it was time to leave because who I wanted to be and the future I knew my kids deserved – could not be accomplished while living in an environment that was not supportive of my personal or educational goals.
I found Warren Village and the moment I entered my new apartment I felt an overwhelming sense of relief. This relief came from knowing that I was finally in a place where I could build a foundation for my children while working towards my goals of educational and personal growth. With help from my family advocates, I was able to navigate resources, complete two associate’s degrees, and got accepted into Regis University. By the time I move out, I will have a bachelor’s degree in Project Management.
Warren Village has taught me to advocate for myself and for my children. That is a skill I didn’t have before I arrived. Warren Village is there for people like me who know they want more out of life; they just need help getting there.”