Much of the important work we do at Warren Village is focused around the idea of empowering our parents and children to strive for their best life. It is not always easy, but once discovered, empowerment can transform a family.
A perfect example of this is our resident parent, Jasmine, who arrived at Warren Village with her two young daughters in October 2015.
Born and raised in Tennessee, Jasmine came from a life of homelessness, all beginning with her mother’s drug addiction. Despite challenges, she never gave up, but Jasmine could not escape the clutches of poverty. At 25, she was solely supporting two young girls by working two jobs and enrolling in online school. However, with no access to child support, Jasmine slowly fell behind on rent, and things began to fall apart.
In 2015, with no money and no hope, Jasmine knew she had to make a change. She took control of her life and began a new chapter with her children at Warren Village.
Upon arrival, Jasmine’s confidence was at an all-time low. She felt that she had already failed. But, with the help of her Family Advocate, Jasmine gradually came out of her shell. “Once I saw that people cared about my progress, I felt like I could care about it for myself.”
While at Warren Village, Jasmine enrolled in the organization’s College to Career program, starting her incredible journey to success. This journey includes earning a 3.185 GPA and a KEYS scholarship from the Community College of Denver; participating in the college’s work-study program; becoming a member of TRIO, the college’s student support services group; and becoming a member of the Political Science Club. In 2019 she will graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Social Work and will then continue her education at Metropolitan State University.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Jasmine actively participates on numerous boards and committees, volunteering her time to make our community a better place for everyone.
“I feel like a new person – like I’ve taken responsibility for my life, and taken my power back.”