After her divorce, Tahlanda and her teenage son left Tennessee and returned to Denver to live with her mom. When the living situation became too tense, she and her son ended up in a shelter. That’s when a family friend suggested Tahlanda look into Warren Village.
Now, after being at Warren Village for a year, Tahlanda has finished her Licensed Practical Nursing certification and is preparing to take the state licensing exam. Tahlanda speaks highly of her experience at Warren Village. “They afford you so many opportunities. If you come here and put in the effort and want to be better, they are going to go beyond to try and help you.”
Tahlanda continues to work towards her goals and will be able to continue her education thanks to receiving a scholarship from Delta Sigma Theta sorority which provides a scholarship to a deserving Warren Village resident each year. The scholarship money will afford her the opportunity to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Nursing which will lead to a good job with a livable wage.
The financial toll of a divorce has also been challenging for Tahlanda. Warren Village has been there to provide access to the vital resources she needs to gain and maintain her independence. To prepare for her future, Tahlanda is working with one of the on-site financial counselors to improve her credit and pay down her debt. She is also part of the Individual Development Account matching program through Mile High United Way which is designed to help low income families save to purchase a home. When she leaves Warren Village, Tahlanda will have a good start toward a down payment on a home for her and her son.
Tahlanda has found living at Warren Village to be a life changing experience. She explains, “Warren Village is not just a place for single parents. It gives you a chance to improve your life and your child’s. I’m just so grateful.”